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    deathwish Guest

    Default Atlantic salmon line help

    Running 9wt BVK.What line would be best to fish atlantic salmon on mirimichi river? brand and would you go with floating,shooting tip,sinking tip?? I am new to the fly fishing sport so am a little lost with all the info online with brands ,types ect.Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    Any of the nice, expensive name brand lines in a salmon/steelhead WF taper will do you just fine. Or just a standard WF line. By and large, if you are fishing the Miramichi in the summer/fall, its floating line time. Spring is for sink tips and full sinkers. Sometimes in the fall, some use sink tips. I don't.

    Good luck out there,
    Gary

    P.S. If you would like to see lots and lots of Miramichi fishing and fly photos, go to my blog.

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    What Gary said. IF it was me, I'd go with possibly a Rio Gold WF9F or even a Cortland 444SL WF9F line (mint green). I think the BVK is dark green? These two lines are general purpose and the colors would go nice.
    "I cast my hook into a single stream; but my pleasure is as if I owned a kingdom." - Chi K'ang (223-262)

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    I love my Orvis 9wt Hydros line. WF floating is the way to go.
    John L.

    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff

    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    A floating line with an extended head and very long rear taper for nice smooth long casts with excellent loop stability. SA Mastery Salmon/Sreelhead Taper or similar Expert Distance Taper, Cortland "Boss", RIO Gold (does RIO still make their Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon line?) all are first rate lines for swimming a Green Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    A floating line with an extended head and very long rear taper for nice smooth long casts with excellent loop stability. SA Mastery Salmon/Sreelhead Taper or similar Expert Distance Taper, Cortland "Boss", RIO Gold (does RIO still make their Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon line?) all are first rate lines for swimming a Green Machine.
    You might reconsider the SA Expert Distance line. The running line is so thin it does not have the floatation of other, more fishable fly lines with a long head and or rear taper.

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    Jackster, I did not realize that Expert Disance had unusualy thin running line. Not that I have miced it or anything...but as you know, it is a great control-the-fly and mending line.

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    deathwish Guest

    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    It's a little over welming to say the least for a rookie.I went into pro shop yesterday and was suggested by 3 staff to try 3 different lines. Seems from rifles to bows everything has changed soooo much.

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    Unlike the fly shop, here in the Forum we are not trying to sell you anything, just advising. The list I compiled above is based on Atlantic salmon fishing basics: the extended head and long rear taper facilitates nice long straight casts that are easily mended to alter the swim of your fly and to not hinge in the process (because of the long rear taper). Yes, rods can be sensitive to different lines but your BVK would be happy with any of the lines mentioned in my initial post as it likes a little extra weight and with the long belly you are feeding this rods appetite.

    Mastery Series Steelhead - Mastery Series - Lines

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    Default Re: Atlantic salmon line help

    I have been fishing for Atlantic salmon for many years, although not on the Miramichi. It's a rare and specialized circumstance when I've seen anyone use anything other than a WF. I agree with Gary and sweetandsalt that a long-belly, forward taper floater (such as the "salmon/steelhead' model that several makers offer) is what you want. Most fishing will be quartering across and down on a wet-fly swing, and the long belly helps you mend line and control the swing at longer distances. You can't really go wrong with any of the major names. When I buy a new one I usually buy whatever brand I can find on clearance.

    At the moment I happen to have an SA Mastery salmon/steelhead line in a WF9 and a Mastery Expert Distance in a WF8. I use them on a Loomis IMX 8 weight rod (a relatively fast rod), and they both work fine for my purposes. It's the long belly, not the running line, that matters. It's only if you have a lot of running line out beyond the front taper that you will find your swing difficult to mend, but that will be true regardless of the brand or model. On my rod the 9 weight line is a little easier to cast and feel on a windy day, while the 8 is more fun on a calm day for long, precise casts. I have tried the BVK and find it to be a little slower rod, so if you have a long-belly line on it anyway you may not find much further benefit in overlining it too.

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