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    Default Re: Pros and cons of mono and coated running lines

    Standing there holding the cork...good one! I did that a lot this fall. Didn't seem to matter how short or long I was casting, but a lot of other people were in the same boat down here this year. Small consolation

    It is still fun once in a while, though, to see how far you can zing one out there.

    That's another thread, the mid-belly casting thread, that I haven't replied to yet.
    MC

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    Bob Nall

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    Default Re: Pros and cons of mono and coated running lines

    That "standing there holding the cork" thing. That was a description I made years ago about using shooting heads and sink tips. Once it's out there you can't do much but hope for the best. Fishing is a game for me and that is why I use the leader rigging that I use. It demands that I be involved in every cast and drift. I made a video about technique 2 years ago and at the very end I think I summed it up saying that I couldn't say you'll catch more fish but you'll definitely be more involved. There's a copy of it in a sticky thread here in the Spey forums and another in a thread stuck on General Discussions. If you like being involved in your fishing maybe take a look

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    Default Re: Pros and cons of mono and coated running lines

    OK, I thought standing there holding the cork referred to getting skunked!
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    Default Re: Pros and cons of mono and coated running lines

    No it's how I feel when my head is so short that once I cast it into the water I can't mend or control at all. I recently bought a Rio Skagit Max but have used many of them over the years. I just had not owned any myself. I do believe it will be useful in certain circumstances when I have a Z-15 tip on it and can just throw down and across for short swings.

    My entire history with fly rods has been very heavily influenced by the desire to use streamers. Here where I fish it doesn't matter what species I'm after it is all streamer fishing all the time. Perhaps all the years of trout fishing made me the way I am but I want to cast across, straight across and then set things up with a drift before I start passing the fly across the river. I just enjoy doing it and when I use short heads and long sink tips I'm out of my element.

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    I'm trying the Stren Catfish mono in orange 30lb. and 40lb. It seems to have less memory than the Trilene Big Game I was using.

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    Default Re: Pros and cons of mono and coated running lines

    This is a good thread. I have gone to integrated lines for the most part and the head lengths go from about 35 to 65' for my 7 and 8 wt lines. The running sections on the Gaelforce lines are very nice and shoot plenty far for me. I have tried mono and thin monic running lines, but I guess I need lessons on how to hold them because I have a hard time. The comment on getting the head to turn over is interesting. I was using a very thin running line on a first generation fall favorite 55' and someone suggested using a heavier running line, and it did seem to improve performance. Who knows, could have been me responding to a suggestion. I guess getting more distance depends on the river you are fishing. I use 13 to 15' rods and 15' leaders, so I am already about 30' from reel to fly. Add a 55 to 65' head and 3 or 4 pulls of running line and you are getting pretty far out there. Plenty for my home waters on the Clearwater and Snake, and I would be well up the other bank on the Ronde. Not sure what advantage more distance would be when using a mono line. There is one run that does require distance, so we get the line laid out in front of us then go into a two-handed overhead cast with our 15' switch rods and let 'er rip!

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