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Old 10-31-2007, 04:44 PM
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Default Flyline for Steelhead

I have been flyfishing a long time, but never for Steelhead in the Lake Ontario or Lake Erie tribs. With fast running water I am told that I need to get deep fast. My question: I don't like to through split shot on a floating line, so is a sink tip line the answer, or do fast sinking leaders (5 Ft) do the same thing? I am also familiar with T14 fast sinking line (any length), will this accomplish the same thing as a sink tip line with a short leader. What is a good leader/tippet combination? I would appreciate any help.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:39 AM
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Default Re: Flyline for Steelhead

Yes, a sink tip is a good idea.

I use one for steelhead in Michigan rivers. I will also add non-
lead wire to my fly patterns to get them down. I know of two
methods for getting flies down :

1. You can purchased a fly line that is specifically weighted,
usually by "sink rate". The sink rate is determined by "grains".
I believe you may need a higher number to work fast water, but
I'd check your local fly shop to be sure.

2. You can purchase a "add-on" sink tip to your current fly line.
( Never used one of these. ) They are around 12'-15' ?? in
length & are attached to your fly line by a loop.

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