04-17-2014, 10:20 AM
Re: Airflo Polyleaders
Originally Posted by hokiehunter07
So I'm looking to adapt my current freshwater 8-wt setup to a saltwater setup. Essentially I want to make my 8wt floating line bass rod have a sink tip line without buying another reel spool or new spool of line.
I saw the airflo polyleaders and was just wondering what everyone's experience with them are so far. What size is appropriate for an 8wt?
I'll mainly be fishing backwater estuaries and maybe a bit of surf.
I use the airflo polyleaders on several of my spey rods. The question may really be 'how deep' do you need to get. In moving water these DON'T sink all that well regardless of what it says on the package. Well if you're casting into a bath tub that may not be true.
To get 'depth,' and in moving water, you need a 'real' sink tip line (or head). The other option is using a 'poly' with a weighted fly on the business end of same. The above (Steelhead/Salmon fishing on the Rogue River) is the fall water flows further up stream you go can get pretty darned low so a heavy head doesn't come into play all that often.
Where all that comes into play is a 'floating line' is just that ... it floats! The sinking poly leader will drop below that and you get a better fly presentation (like I get that all too often ...
) Can't remember what length these things come in (and I'm not going to go dig around in the back of the Jeep) but the heaviest in 9 to 12 feet is all you really need.
See folks chucking these 15 foot sections of 'cable' and I just have to shake my head in bewilderment.
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