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Thread: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

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    Default Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    I just bought an orvis tls power matrix 9' 8wt (tip flex) and I'm looking to buy a reel. I addressed this question to general discussion here: The Fly Shop Reels? Looking for a Saltwater reel

    I am also trying to figure out what kind of line I should get. I read on the "tips thread" a few. The mastery series I was hesitant to get cause I will be targeting many different species. I guess the bulk of this fishing will be along the Georgia coast for redfish and similar speicies.

    I found some rio line on ebay for a good price. Is this anygood:
    NEW! RIO MAINSTREAM SALTWATER WF8F 8WT FLY LINE - eBay (item 290368014621 end time Feb-06-10 06:22:07 PST)

    Any specific suggestions or general suggestions on what to look for?

    If anyone has any comments on the reel thread, I'm all ears too.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    I just looked at that line, and I would think you'd probably like it. It has a short-medium head length and you should be able to feel the rod loading pretty easily. It also has a lot of weight up front to throw and turn over bass bugs and wind-resistant and heavy flies.

    I think you would be happy with it, and you can't beat the price.

    Cheers,
    JIm

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    Default Re: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    The main difference between Mainstream lines and Rio's premium lines is the coating. The premium lines have a slicker finish to them which make them slide through the guides more efficiently.

    The Mainstream Saltwater is a good line for the purpose that you will be using it for. It is at a good price, and you would be getting it from the forum sponsor.

    You may want to consider the SA Mastery Redfish Taper. It has a short head that is a line and half the stated size. Basically, it is the Mastery GPX Taper for saltwater. I used this as my Snook and Baby Tarpon line. Some of my colleagues used it for Bonefish at Christmas Island without any problems.

    The Rio Redfish line has a similar taper and weighting to the SA version. You may want to consider that, too.

    MP

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    Default Re: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    Is this the one you speak of?

    Mastery Series Redfish Floating Fly Line - Lines

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    Default Re: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    Quote Originally Posted by fishtacos View Post
    Yes it is.

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    Default Re: Fly Line for an 'all purpose' saltwater rod also reel question

    fishtacos,

    Sorry, I posted wrong information about the line. The saltwater Mainstream if different from the Mainstream line. It has a 60' head according to the Rio Chart below. That taper may be a bit long if you do not have a fair amount of experience.

    If you click on the image twice, it will get big enough to read. The first line on the chart is not correct, so I guess the others are suspect as well.



    Sorry about the mis-information.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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