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by trekker » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:19 pm
I have a delimma with the ol Switch rod when it comes to my skagit set up. I've been doing most of my swingin on the Rocky, and the t-14 is just too heavy for most of the runs I'm hitting. Last weekend, I started trimming my 14 back as soon as the day started, and by the time I got it to fishable length, the head was shortened enough that it made casting harder. So I have an old Teeny line that has a ten foot sink tip on the end rated at 4.5 inches per second, as compared to 8-9 inches on the t-14. I figure I can hack about 8 foot of the tip of that Teeny line, add a braided loop, and be ready to fish with a tip that keeps me at the right length, while also keeping my weight light enough for the Rocky. Think it will work?
Also, does anybody know the exact name of the Cortland Braided Mono. My Buddy said it was available at Cabelas, but I can't find it on their site.
by BWANA-J » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:57 pm
Its worth a shot but if it doesn't get you down enough try Rio's T-8 material. It comes in 30 ft lengths and you can make any length you need. Rio makes 4 different sinktip materials,
T-8 sinks at 7 in per sec.
T-11, 8in per sec
T-14, 9 in per sec
and the new T-17, 10 in per sec.
Also, keep your leader/tippit short, the closer to the sinktip your fly is the deeper it'll go. Hope this helps. Jeff
by SSG Steelhead » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:25 am
I have never needed T14 on the rock, I barely use it on the Grand unless the run is really fast and I need to get down or waters is up.
With my switch I will rarley use more than 7ft of T-10.
Poly leaders are also a good call if your flies are not too big. They come in a ton of sink rates.
You have to remember to size your tips/leaders to your flies. If you are tossing huge stuff you need something with enough mass to turn it over. If not go lighter as it is just not needed in the rocky. A Poly leader in the 5ft range should do you good.
by trekker » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:44 pm
Thanks for the info Fellas. I went up to the Dundee Cabelas today and they didn't have the T-8, or the T-10. They didn't have the braided mono (for loops) either. Still managed to blow 65 bucks on stuff I had no intention of buying.
I'll get on line when I get home tonight and see what I can find.
by PAFLYBOY » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:15 pm
You could also get RIO type 3, 6 or 8 15 foot sink tips cut down to shorter lengths. I carry a variety of 10 foot tips that I'm beginning to use more than my 15' tips on an Airflo Delta line for GL swinging. If you are interested in where I got them PM me(not sure if it's cool to post links to shops, etc on here...).
by redb » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:08 am
You will love this.
Though I havent used these exact ones. I have a guy on the west coast make a set up for me. You can build them yourself but I never have. It is something I want to get into though. What is nice about these is that they are all the same length but at different sink rates. Your stroke never has to change.
by trekker » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:43 am
Red- I actually read that post on Speypages a few days back. Looks like some interesting stuff.
I went ahead an ordered a type 3 and some t-8 yesterday. Hopefully it will arrive before the weekend.
by trekker » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:32 am
Well, I fished the Grand yesterday. I had the rod set up with 450 grain Rio Skagit, 9 foot of type 3, and usually a 6 foot leader. Instead of changing out my sink tips for different depths, I used the weight of my flies to get the proper depth for different pools.
It casted great. By the end of the day, I was blasting them out there pretty good. I was on the upper Grand. Clarity wasn't very good, I didn't catch any fish, but I had a good day none the less.
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