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Old 08-16-2017, 09:57 AM
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Default Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

Has anyone used poly leaders? I'm looking for a line for a 907 wt. sage one as a dedicated streamer rod. Not sure if putting a sink tip or using a floating line with poly leaders would work.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:50 PM
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Default Re: Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

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Has anyone used poly leaders? I'm looking for a line for a 907 wt. sage one as a dedicated streamer rod. Not sure if putting a sink tip or using a floating line with poly leaders would work.
Poly leaders are great. There are certain situations where a true sink tip will work better, especially the kind that are built with different densities to prevent a sharp hinge like Sonar Titan Triple Density.. That being said, I use poly leaders a LOT more than any sinking line because I'd rather cast a floating line than a sinking line any day, and the shorter poly leaders cast really well and let me turn over as long of a tippet as I could want. (I like the 5 foot Airflo poly leaders and the 7' Rio Versaleaders.) They work for on all but the largest rivers I fish. I like the floating ones too for some dry fly work, but don't use those nearly as much as the sinking ones.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:50 PM
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Default Re: Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

Over 20 years of fly fishing and I have never used a sinking line. I said this in another thread, but most anglers would struggle casting a full sink line. That being said, I spent my first 15 plus years without anything. Than built sinking leaders from old full sink lines, cutting and whip finishing the ends to 7 or 10 feet. Now I use the versaleaders, and absolutely love them. I would suggest this instead of a full sinking line or sink tip up front to save money and see if you really want them.
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Default Re: Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

I bought a 907 One this past winter and ended up getting 3 lines and reels for it. A nautilus spooled with a Rio Bonefish and two Sage 2280's. One spooled with a Rio Gold and the other with a sink tip. The Sage reels and line were on clearance so it cost about the same as one reel and line.
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Bring them all. Never hurts to switch things up. A lot of variables why one would choose fluoro/mono tapered leader/custom tied leader/poly or T or Z sink tips.

Entire chapters to books could be written on subject. I must say casting a 7.5' intermediate poly leader w/ a mid sized streamer is nice.


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Ard has some blogs out there on this topic (polyleaders and the like), and he has some very interesting suggestions on rigging for sub-surface endeavors. He makes a whole lot of sense.
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Default Re: Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

I think for larger streamers - and a 7 wt would seem to be a rod for that purpose - a sinktip is a better choice. The Rio Streamertip line has either an intermediate or a type 6 sinking tip off a floating line, and casts really well. The intermediate tip is great, and you can still mend. Turns over really big bugs, and doesn't hinge.
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Default Re: Sink Tip or Poly Leaders

I have been using poly leaders or versileaders. I listened to a podcast of Shawn Combs talking about fishing this way. I tried it and liked it for smallmouth. Now I have been casting streamers in the driftless using the same setup only in a 5wt. I think for me though it is the ease of portability. I don't want to carry a second spool while wading. I can quickly switch to a polyleader from my floating Titan Taper or Siege.
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I use both sink tips and sinking poly leaders for steelhead fishing. I use sink tips with a skagit head exclusively in the winter. In the fall when water temps start dropping I can use a scandi head and easily switch back and forth from a mono leader for surface presentations to the poly leader when I want to go down a bit on the swing.
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