first steelhead/salmon rod -- multi tip or no??

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by golfman44, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. David Loy Senior Moment

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    It's pretty simple really, but would take around $100 to buy the SAST ($65) and a 30' shooting head (+-$30). The T11 and T14 options weren't available in the 80s, and may be a better option for tips. I doubt they throw as well but might fish better. Most folks balk at cutting a new line, but the SAST makes a great long belly tips line that way. Generally I'm not a fan of uplining rods but think it's a key part of this setup. You will likely be uplining with your OB Short as they are 1/2 to a full line heavy for their rating. But you know that, and it helps quite a bit on the beach. It will work well with Polytips, and throw Leland's poppers like crazy without. With an 8wt OB Short, I would guess you'd want 10' Polytips in the Steelhead size. I use the Trout size with a 6wt.
    Good luck. Fish hard.
  2. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    That is what I have been doing the last few years. I have had the same Airflo polyleaders for a few seasons now.