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Old 01-02-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I use a RIO Gold line on my Sage Z-axis 6 wt. rod, making it in effect a 6 1/2 wt. This line seems to handle my needs well, so I've never put another line on my extra spool.

But what line would be the best complement? How about a sinking tip line? Or a nymphing line? I'd probably use it for nymphs and streamers for trout and maybe stream smallmouth.

I know I could leave it empty and wait for a need to present itself. But nature abhors a vacuum. And anyway, it's silly season here in Minnesota with the temperature at -2 and seven hours of light per day. Anyone want to play "fill the spool?"
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Not the answer you want, but an observation. The Gold line isn't really a 1/2 weight heavier. I also have the same rod and found the Gold line didn't load the rod the way I wanted it too. I went to the Rio Grand and it feels better.
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I started filling up my second spools with sink tip lines a few years ago. I like the sink tip over the standard sinking line because except for the 10' tip, the rest of the line floats, making mending and picking up easier.

I use my sink tips for fishing wets, soft hackles, unweighted streamers and sometimes nymphs. Actually, because of how I fish, I use them more than the floating lines.

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Sorry. I meant RIO Grand. And yes, it's a wonderful match to the rod.
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Hi Alligator,

I agree with Greenwood. You second line should be a sinking line and my preference for most stream or river fishing is an integrated sink-tip line. For lake fishing a full sinking is a good choice. When I was in Alaska I had a floating, a full sink and a integrated sink-tip line. I never used the full sinking, ever. Once or twice I used the floating line for Grayling then I discovered that big Grayling liked subsurface flies. So for 95% of the time I used the sink-tip line. However, my fishing partner used his floating line for 95% of the time. He thought the floating line was easier to cast even if he caught less fish. With weighted flies he did OK but most days I out fished him with my sink-tip.

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Hi Frank,

You use the term "integrated" in referring to a sink tip line. What does that mean? Also, in the SA system would you recommend a II or III?

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Also Frank..or other responders,

Has anyone tried the RIO 6 StreamerTip fly line? Apparently it's a sinking tip that's clear.
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If you're fishing rivers or streams, look at a Teeny Line. Jim Teeny Fly Lines
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Thanks to all. I'm going with a sink tip line.
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