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Old 09-13-2013, 12:11 PM
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Hello all. I have a question about sinking tip fly lines. I fish mostly lakes here in southern Minnesota for crappies,bluegills and sometimes bass. If I'm fishing mostly dry flys, terrestrials and poppers in wadeable water, do I NEED a sinking tip line? Under what conditions would a sinking tip work best?
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Default Re: Sinking tip.

sinking tip implies the tip will sink, bringing flies sub surface.

If you're fishing floating flies, like those you've described, dry flies, terrestrials and poppers, there is no need for a sink tip line.

Sink tips can be useful for getting nymphs and emergers down below the surface. if you're going to be fishing those, then use weighted flies or get a sink tip.
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Default Re: Sinking tip.

No, you don't need a sink tip if all you're fishing is dry flies and poppers. Those are all flies meant to be fished on top. If you decide to start branching out to new methods though, particularly streamers, sink tips or sink lines can come in handy.

Southern Minnesota has some dandy pike and bass lakes, especially around Mankato/Fairibault. They're definitely worth targeting if you're in that area.
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Default Re: Sinking tip.

If you are going to fish streamers there is another way of getting them to stay deep that does not require buying a sink tip line.

You can use a sinking poly leader or use a section Cortland LC 13 vinyl coated lead core line on the end of the floating fly line.

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I have multiple length sections 12", 18", 24", and 36" sections that have braided mono loops on each end. So I loop to loop connect the lead core to the floating fly line and then a short 2-3 feet of straight mono to the streamer.
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I have multiple length sections 12", 18", 24", and 36" sections that have braided mono loops on each end. So I loop to loop connect the lead core to the floating fly line and then a short 2-3 feet of straight mono to the streamer.
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Using the leadcore, you control your sink rate using different lengths of the leader? The Cortland leadcore advertised sink rate is very fast compared to the poly leaders, that is why I ask.
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Thanks folks. It makes sense. I appreciate it.
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Default Re: Sinking tip.

These threads might be of interest for those that want to play with lead core line or T line. Just because the discussions are in the Spey sub forum doesn't mean you can't apply these tactics single hand rods and line.

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...spey-line.html

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...pey-lines.html
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