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    Default An empty spool is like a naked...

    I use a RIO Gold line on my Sage Z-axis 6 wt. rod, making it in effect a 6 1/2 wt. This line seems to handle my needs well, so I've never put another line on my extra spool.

    But what line would be the best complement? How about a sinking tip line? Or a nymphing line? I'd probably use it for nymphs and streamers for trout and maybe stream smallmouth.

    I know I could leave it empty and wait for a need to present itself. But nature abhors a vacuum. And anyway, it's silly season here in Minnesota with the temperature at -2 and seven hours of light per day. Anyone want to play "fill the spool?"
    We're all in the same boat. We all come 'ere and we don't know why. We all go in our turn and we don't know where. If you are a bit better off, be thankful. And if you don't get into trouble an' make a fool of yourself, well, be thankful for that,'cos you easily might.--J.B.Priestley

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Not the answer you want, but an observation. The Gold line isn't really a 1/2 weight heavier. I also have the same rod and found the Gold line didn't load the rod the way I wanted it too. I went to the Rio Grand and it feels better.

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    I started filling up my second spools with sink tip lines a few years ago. I like the sink tip over the standard sinking line because except for the 10' tip, the rest of the line floats, making mending and picking up easier.

    I use my sink tips for fishing wets, soft hackles, unweighted streamers and sometimes nymphs. Actually, because of how I fish, I use them more than the floating lines.

    You won't be sorry.

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Sorry. I meant RIO Grand. And yes, it's a wonderful match to the rod.
    We're all in the same boat. We all come 'ere and we don't know why. We all go in our turn and we don't know where. If you are a bit better off, be thankful. And if you don't get into trouble an' make a fool of yourself, well, be thankful for that,'cos you easily might.--J.B.Priestley

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Hi Alligator,

    I agree with Greenwood. You second line should be a sinking line and my preference for most stream or river fishing is an integrated sink-tip line. For lake fishing a full sinking is a good choice. When I was in Alaska I had a floating, a full sink and a integrated sink-tip line. I never used the full sinking, ever. Once or twice I used the floating line for Grayling then I discovered that big Grayling liked subsurface flies. So for 95% of the time I used the sink-tip line. However, my fishing partner used his floating line for 95% of the time. He thought the floating line was easier to cast even if he caught less fish. With weighted flies he did OK but most days I out fished him with my sink-tip.

    Frank

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Hi Frank,

    You use the term "integrated" in referring to a sink tip line. What does that mean? Also, in the SA system would you recommend a II or III?

    Thanks.
    We're all in the same boat. We all come 'ere and we don't know why. We all go in our turn and we don't know where. If you are a bit better off, be thankful. And if you don't get into trouble an' make a fool of yourself, well, be thankful for that,'cos you easily might.--J.B.Priestley

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Also Frank..or other responders,

    Has anyone tried the RIO 6 StreamerTip fly line? Apparently it's a sinking tip that's clear.
    We're all in the same boat. We all come 'ere and we don't know why. We all go in our turn and we don't know where. If you are a bit better off, be thankful. And if you don't get into trouble an' make a fool of yourself, well, be thankful for that,'cos you easily might.--J.B.Priestley

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    If you're fishing rivers or streams, look at a Teeny Line. Jim Teeny Fly Lines
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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    Default Re: An empty spool is like a naked...

    Thanks to all. I'm going with a sink tip line.
    We're all in the same boat. We all come 'ere and we don't know why. We all go in our turn and we don't know where. If you are a bit better off, be thankful. And if you don't get into trouble an' make a fool of yourself, well, be thankful for that,'cos you easily might.--J.B.Priestley

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