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  1. Default Help rigging for saltwater

    Have a fly rod i just bought...its a size 8 Eagle Claw. I know its not an expensive one, but i'm new to the sport and want to mess around before investing in proper gear. I need help with rigging my rod. The reel has nothing on it and i am in the dark as to how to rig it....Need advice quick....

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    Hey GooGoo
    If you give a little more info on the places and species of fish you will be after we can get you set up.

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    Hi googoo,

    We also need to know what reel you have? Is this a graphite rod or a fiberglass rod?

    Frank

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    Hey guys, Thanks for getting back to me. I have a graphite rod, 7footer, the species out here are: striped bass, bluefish mainly. I'm in Staten ISland, NY...if this helps

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    If it's matched to the rod (designed to hold an 8 weight fly line) the reel should hold somewhere around 130-150 yds of 20lb Dacron or Micron backing. A spec sheet should be included in the box it came in, or you can search for the specs online. For backing you could go with Cortland or Scientific Anglers.

    For fly line you'd want a 8 weight, weight forward Floating or Intermediate line to start. I'd probably go with a floater if you're fishing from shore, or an Intermediate if you're fishing from a boat. If you plan to do both, I'd go with an Intermediate.

    You'll also want a leader, but you can make them easily with regular fishing mono. For a floater, a leader made with 3 sections of mono
    4 ' of 30 lb test tied to 3' of 25lb test tied to 2' of 16 or 20lb test.

    With an Intermediate, just a straight shot of 4-6' of 16 or 20lb test.

    To rig it up go to the fishing knot section of animated knots:
    Animated Knots by Grog

    Backing to fly reel- Arbor Knot
    Backing to Fly Line= Albright Knot
    Fly Line to Butt (heavy section of leader) - Albright Knot
    Leader sections to each other (for leader with floating fly line) - Blood Knot
    Leader to Fly- Improved Clinch

    Flies - a few chartreuse size 2 Clousers and some 1/0 Deceivers (all white, blue over white or olive over white) would be a good start

    Hope this helps

    mark

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    Quote Originally Posted by googoo View Post
    Hey guys, Thanks for getting back to me. I have a graphite rod, 7footer, the species out here are: striped bass, bluefish mainly. I'm in Staten ISland, NY...if this helps

    GooGoo,

    I live in Staten Island if you want to test out a few lines before you spend your money let me know. Shortening your learning curve usually saves you alot of money.
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    Googoo- that's a great offer from SwirlChaser !!!!!

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    Default Re: Help rigging for saltwater

    Thanks Peregrines, anything to spread the "sickness"...
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    Am i reading this right a 7 foot 8 wieght?? i dont think i have ever seen an 8wt that short??

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