08-21-2008, 10:43 AM
Re: 5wt Line
A 5 weight is pretty light for salt, so choices will be limited. The only line i know of made specifically for salt in 5 weight is the SA Bonefish floater (made for tropical conditions in Fla, the Gulf etc.), but you may have difficulty finding it in stock in shops, and might have to special order it.
For coldwater in the NE, or No. Calif etc, if you're looking specifically for a 5 wt to use in the salt, I would probably go for the RIO Outcast, which is an integrated shootinghead/running line. You can get it with a floating head/ floating running line, or intermediate head/floating running line in 5 wt. (There is an Outcast Tropical but only in 7 wt and up.)
But these lines may not be the best way to go for you. In fact, itís pretty common to upline in SW, using 1 wt heavier line (or more). As Rip Tide mentioned, more info would be helpful. Here are some specific questions...
What kind of fishing will you be using it for? What size flies?
Where? (warm water Florida, Gulf etc, or No CA, NE?)
What rod action and fly line do you have?
How's your casting? What kind of distance can you get with your "normal" flies vs what you intend to use in SW?
How often will you be using it in SW? (trip of a lifetime, casual weekend/vac on the coast, or live near SW and expect to be a frequent SW "Flyer"?
The answers to these might help zero in on some specific recommendations for you to smoke over.