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    Greetings, I want to get into some striper/largemouth at a local lake and need a floating line for my 8 wt to cast poppers/clousers in the shallows. I have a 8 wt Rio Grande line that I use for salmon/steelhead but have never tried casting bass flies with it. Has anyone tried casting large wind resistant flies with the Rio Grande line?

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    Well, if nobody wants to chime in, I'll bite. I mainly target bass, so this is right up my alley. I throw all kinds of poppers, crease flies, terrestrials, and streamers on 6 WT line, using a 7 foot rod. If I can do it with that, I'm sure you can do it on almost any 8 WT. Performance with clousers will depend upon how heavy they are, but I've done it.

    I'd recommend using a short leader for that kind of work. Maybe six feet or so, including the tippet.
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    Tell you what. Do an experiment for us. Tie up the biggest puffiest indicator or an actual bass fly to a leader that is tied to your Rio Grand. That will clue you in to whether you can can cast a bass fly with that line.


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    This may not answer exactly, but I use an 8wt all the time from my kayak. Makes things a lot easier than my normal 5wt. I cast beaded head woolly buggers, clousers and poppers in the 4 and 6 range.

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    Personally I don't fish heavy rods on bass. You have to make 1000's of cast bass fishing and light is your friend IMHO. I do alot of bass fishing between trips to the mountains. I use a 6 weight most of the time but will go down to 4 if it's calm. Don't forget large wollybuggers, shiny black with a little flash. I fish them like any bass jig. Bass will pick them up fished dead slow or laying on the bottom.

    For wind resistant poppers, fish close and use a short leader (6 feet). I have found that long casts are not needed for largemouth bass. Typical bass lakes in my area the bass are not boat shy in the slightest.

    Good luck.

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    I've always been partial to the bass line in "Midnight Confessions" by the Grass Roots.
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