Originally Posted by sweetandsalt
MRFZX, Now treat yourself to some lines that will enhance in-close loading. My wife likes the SA Mastery Textured Magnum on her BVK#8. It is an 8.5 weight line with a forward weight bias...BVK Likes that. The tip-fex Helios to me feels more mid-flex (& the mid- more full-flex) and should be a fine rod for reds. I have not tried this combo but a RIO Redfish might be cool...has anyone cast this line on Helios? This same line might be good on the BVK too.
For both the BVK and the Helios, I have been trying several different lines. On the Helios, I have settled on the Orvis Redfish Taper, it loads really well.
I am not a fan of the textured lines. They cast great, but especially with the Sharkskin, with a strong fish that you need to "hand" some line until you can get it on the reel, its like holding onto a band-saw blade (ok...that's an exageration)....but it will cut you without a glove. Stripping the textured lines all day REQUIRES a stripping guard on your finger too, unless you have stone-mason hands. Plus the sound it makes through the guides sets my teeth on edge......but it does cast like a rocket.....
On the BVK, the Rio Outbound Tropical Short was awesome, and the Redfish taper cast well too. I am taking 2 extra spools for each rod, one loaded with a floater, one with an intermediate sink, and one with a fast sink....although I doubt I'll need the fast sinker. The only reason I am taking it is that we may end up on the Gulf itself (we're only a few miles from the true coast), and be dropping some flies in deeper water....with some current.
June 10 is coming fast....and I can hardly stand the wait!
By the way....I loaded my 6wt Axiom with 7 weight SA Textured Magnum Taper Warm Water....just for S and G. That imbedded Kevlar really makes that rod a catapult. I think it makes the Sage TCX seem slow. Too bad its a war club of a rod (read heavy here).
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Originally Posted by seajay
You are going to enjoy the Helios as it has more lifting power than the BVK.. The Bvk's are a joy to cast just try not to lift the fish or they will break easily.
Please post lots of pics from your trip.
You bet I will. A previous guide, who will go nameless, learned the hardway what your saying. He asked to try my rod....no problem. It was an older fast action Silver label Orvis 8wt. He hooked and brought in a nice redfish of maybe 8 pounds, then he tries to swing it into the boat as if he was using a stout casting rod......I do love that Orvis warranty.