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  1. Default sSnk tip or full sinking?

    I fish a river that is a mile wide and 2 to 6 foot deep. It is the susquhanna river in south central PA. Home of Bob Clouser. I fish for small mouth.
    At times i feel my fly is not getting far enough down in the water colum with a floating line.
    Should I go with a sink tip or a full sinker.
    I love the top water bite in the morning but after the sun is getting high in the sky I still use the floater. It seems I am not getting the fly down in the pockets of depper water. They seem to drift out of the areas I want to target, deeper water between ledges.
    I use either a 7 or 8 wt rod as large carp are always present and 18" smallies are not that uncommon.
    What line should I use for these deeper pockets with some flow.

    Thanks Brian

  2. Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    I'm not really sure, but I use sink tips. From what I've read full sinking lines are harder to manage. They'll sink, so after you retrieve you'll have a tougher time casting - the line will be under water - unless you're using a stripping basket. Also I don't think you can easily roll cast a full sinking line, so to cast a full sinking line you'll probably have to retrieve a lot of it.

    Full sinking lines, however, don't have hinges, so when you do retrieve they stay at the same level - great for stillwater fishing.

    I bet you if you call Rio lines they'll help you.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    As a general rule, sink-tips are for moving water, full-sinks are for still.
    The reasoning is that the floating part of the sink-tip can be mended, and in still water, a full-sink can be stripped without pulling the line toward the surface.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

  4. Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    I use sink tips for smallies all the time. With a loop to loop connection, you can swap out when the bite changes without as much hassle of changing a full sinking line.

    In addition, I believe the shorter length provides just enough "sink" in the rivers around here (Upper Potomac, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, etc). I like the current to still be able to sweep the fly downstream without hanging back.

    I use the fast sinking model from Air Flow - they have other densities as well.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Metuchen, N.J.

    Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    For 6' deep moving water I would definitely go with the sink tip. line. Get yourself one of those looped sink tip sections & try that on the end of your floating line....

  6. Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    If your not fishing any deeper than 6' consider a sinking leader on a floating line. We have fished this set up with good success for years. I use a 7' furled sinking leader with 15" of tippet tied on with a neutral weight or weighted fly. It strips well maintaining its established depth and the connection between the leader and the fly line acts as a strike indicator.

  7. Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    I fish the same waters that you do...... and Bob Clouser.
    I've used sink, sink tip and floating. IMHO a floating line with a heavy leadeye fly will bounce the bottom and look just like a hellgramite.
    A sink or sink tip line will put the fly in the strike zone, but the fly will just hang there and not appeal to a bass.

    "People are crazy, times are strange"
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    "I used to care, but things have changed"
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  8. Default Re: sSnk tip or full sinking?

    If you want to target deeper water.Using a sink tip is great.You can also add some split shot or go to a heavier waited fly.

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