01-19-2008, 03:35 PM
Re: Intercangeable Sinking tips
Hi to all,
I have to go the other way on adding sink tips. If you take a 5wt or 6wt floating line and add a few feet of sinking line you have ruined the dynamics of your casting stroke. You have increased the weight of the fly line and you are no longer casting a 5wt or 6wt line. You will have to shorten the amount of line in the air so you don't over load the rod. You might get away with it on an 8wt rod but you are still facing the same problems. You may have to use smaller flies to make up for the additional weight of the sinking line. Too many compromises for me.
There is one option that you might consider instead of adding a section of weighted line. Feather Craft sells fluorocarbon sinking furled leader butts for different rod weights. The furled leader will cast much better and you can still get a good presentation. Rub in some leader mud or fly sink-it and you have a pretty good setup. You can also carry a little bottle of detergent and spray the leader.
Here is Feather Crafts description:
F-C "TROUT" TYPE-4 "UNIFORM-SINKING" FLUOROCARBON TAPERED FURLED LEADER BUTT-SECTIONS Sink rate is 3.5-4ips. Recommended for 5-6 weight fly lines. LENGTH: 6, 7, 9 or 12-Foot.
I think a good reel with multiple spools is the very best choice. You will always have the proper line for the job. I usually carry a floating line and a sink tip line. This takes care of most of my fishing and it doesn't mess up my casting.
Loon Henry's Sinket
Loon's Snake River Mud