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    Default Smallies lines

    Hate to keep asking questions, but I like a little advice on a direction here:

    Got a smallie trip coming up in early May (I know, a bit off, but I like to do my research).

    Was thinking of a Cortland 333+ long belly sink tip for streamers. The river I'll be fishing is rather decent size. Some holes, don't know how many.

    Gonna buy a reel soon. Should I invest in a second spool? I'm considering the Cortland 333+ long belly full sinking.

    I'll be using a flouro furled leader and flouro tippets.

    Thanx guys.
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    What size rod are you using?

    What size flies will you be throwing?

    Are you fishing off of a boat?

    How deep will you be fishing?

    What kind of sink rate is necessary for that water?
    Last edited by MoscaPescador; 01-20-2010 at 10:54 PM. Reason: Added more questions.

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    Without knowing the specifics of your trip,I will give you what worked for me.I have many hours of wading rivers and small streams for SMB.The only line I really needed was a floater.If I needed to get deep,I added splitshot or looped a sink tip to my line.I never wore a stripping basket so a full sinking line was out of the question.Since I was a wader,water depth was not that great although current did become an issue now and then.I also did most of my fishing with a standard WF line,a SA GPX.This worked well for poppers as well as streamers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoscaPescador View Post
    What size rod are you using?

    What size flies will you be throwing?

    Are you fishing off of a boat?

    How deep will you be fishing?

    What kind of sink rate is necessary for that water?
    I'll be using a 7wt Avid.

    Flies probably no bigger than a 4.

    It will be a float trip, so I'm not sure if it's a pontoon or a boat. I would guess a boat.

    Probably no deeper than 2-6ft.

    Can't really answer the last one. I would think something medium in rate.
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    If you are going with a guide, ask the guide what your line strategy. With the limited information, I'm guessing.

    If you have two rods, I would have them rigged differently. They would have different lines and flies. One would have a type 3 tip line. It's a fast sinking tip line that will allow you to have good line control. You can swing it effectively or strip streamers. The other type of line would be a type 6 shooting head with an intermediate running line or a full sink line. This is going to be your streamer stripping line. You will not have much line control because all of the line will be underwater.

    MP

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    Personally I would have my rod rigged with a floating line, and have a couple of different length loop on sink tips in my pocket. For most of my SMB fishing I can get by with this set-up. To be honest, I haven't looped on one of the heads in a very long time, I swing streamers on my regular leader.

    Dan

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    Where I fish may be a bit deeper than your spot. I use a WF5SI type 1 intermediate sinking line. Rio lazy sink. I don't think they make that exact line anymore. To bad, cause I really like it. It's the line I use 95% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuronRiverDan View Post
    Personally I would have my rod rigged with a floating line, and have a couple of different length loop on sink tips in my pocket. For most of my SMB fishing I can get by with this set-up. To be honest, I haven't looped on one of the heads in a very long time, I swing streamers on my regular leader.

    Dan
    I have one of those in T3, I think. Never used it yet. Might do just that. the Cortland line I was looking at has a sinking tip of 5ft. It's very similar to the Teeny Mini-tip that I got for my 5wt for streamers. Caught some nice 'bows on that last fall.
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    I was incorrect:

    I have a 3ft Ti6 sinking tip that is looped at each end. Don't remember where I got it.

    I believe that I've brought up the conversation before, but I COULD use this at the end of a WF line (possibly the long belly 333+) if I wanted to get down in some deep pools.

    What is the possibility of this overloading the rod?
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    So, I'm down to a few lines:

    WF7F - SA Lefty Kreh
    WF7/S3 - Rio Mainstream with Type 3 Sink tip
    WF7F - Rio Mainstream
    WF7/S3 - Cortland 333+ Long Belly Type 3 Sink tip

    There are probably others that I'm not seeing, but those are on my radar.

    Opinions?
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