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    Default What line for float tubing?

    I recently got a 12' sink tip kit (6 ips) because that's all our local store had. Then I went on line to look at sinking lines. There were full sinking, sink tip, uniform sink, density compensated with different sink rates, line weights. Now I'm really confused.
    Is their a good all around system for lakes? Do you ever transition to fast water with a sinking line?

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Jimmie,

    Yes, and yes............ but I would contact Joni or Mojo because they seem to be on top of still water fishing.

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    I fish from a tube 99% of the time, and I fish with an intermediate sinking line 50% of the time. It's great for using any pattern as you can suspend unweighted flies very easily. Just stop stripping. The other 50% of the time I use a floating line for fishing with an indicator, dry flies, long-lining, and topwater fishing. I always carry two rods with me in the tube and everyone I know who fishes stillwaters does the same. WAY easier than trying to deal with sink tip kits etc.

    I recently bought the Cortland Change-a-tip, used it for one trip, took it off. It's awful and doesn't go through the guides as well as they said it would. It kind of chunks through the guides. So I'd stick with a full sink type 3, intermediate, and a floating, if I were to bring three rods.

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Sorry Nick,

    I should have referred to you, my bad.

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Didgeridoo View Post
    I fish from a tube 99% of the time, and I fish with an intermediate sinking line 50% of the time. It's great for using any pattern as you can suspend unweighted flies very easily. Just stop stripping. The other 50% of the time I use a floating line for fishing with an indicator, dry flies, long-lining, and topwater fishing. I always carry two rods with me in the tube and everyone I know who fishes stillwaters does the same. WAY easier than trying to deal with sink tip kits etc.

    I recently bought the Cortland Change-a-tip, used it for one trip, took it off. It's awful and doesn't go through the guides as well as they said it would. It kind of chunks through the guides. So I'd stick with a full sink type 3, intermediate, and a floating, if I were to bring three rods.

    Nick
    What he said!

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Thank you guys. Good stuff Nick.

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    I use three different options for my stillwater fishing from my pontoon (I graduated to pontoons as my girth expanded...). First, for shallower applications, I'll always defer to my floater and adjust my leader length. Next, I use a Intermediate, clear sink-tip/floater for most applications up to 10 feet of water depth. Last, I use type 4-6 sinking line with a short leader for fishing on the bottom in depths over 10 feet.

    Hope this helps.

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    We use floating- mainly for nymphing if no top water action.
    Intermediate- Cortland Clear Camo for shallows.
    Type II, III, V and VII. In d/c and the cheaper Cortland Wet Cell. I like the belly that Wet Cell gives you. Keeps your fly above the weeds in 15' and less waters.
    Type VII is used with chironomids and nymphs too. If the water depth is 30', I strip off that much line. Cast it out, have patience and let it sink so it's straight down below you. Slowly bring it in using a figure 8 strip and pause. And hold on when the fish hit.
    Different sinking lines for different depths of fishing. We fish in water anywhere from 15' to 50' deep. Just have to find out what depth the fish are feeding at and use the appropriate line. Your sink tip should be good to 15'-20'. A 6 ips you have a fast sinking line. Mores for river fishing.
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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Thank you Kelly and Mojo.
    One of the guys with us had a depth finder. He showed a shelf at 8' dropping off to 25' in most of the water that we were fishing.
    I'll take a look at some V & VII + Wet Cell. I'd like to fish chironomids (got some great looking ones from the fly swap).

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    Default Re: What line for float tubing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie View Post
    Thank you Kelly and Mojo.
    One of the guys with us had a depth finder. He showed a shelf at 8' dropping off to 25' in most of the water that we were fishing.
    I'll take a look at some V & VII + Wet Cell. I'd like to fish chironomids (got some great looking ones from the fly swap).
    My pleasure. Don't forget the floating line and loooong leaders for the midges combined with the break-away strike indicator. It has definitely changed how we can present those small flies at depth. Joni and Mojo are definitely the experts when it comes to this method and I defer to their wisdom and experience.

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