Running Line

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  1. docstash

    docstash Active Member

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    Pretty sure Ed Ward and Jerry French the designers of the Lazar line have use a lot more than Solar Collector as running lines in the past. Back to back nail knots will slide together backing to running line very neatly. I just tie a clinch to the loop of the head and then cut the clinch when changing, can't even tell the knot is there except for the loop. Of course I have several reels loaded with Cajun Red for running line.

    Craig
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  2. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    do you use that for skagit heads on big rods or mainly just smaller scandi/switch heads? How does it compare to solar collector?

    Thanks
     
  3. docstash

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    Yes, I am a fan of mono running lines, and not fly line running lines so, on all my rods. I have a nasty habit of cutting heads off single handed WF lines and using running lines for lakes. Also on big guns on OP in winter. Never had a problem in colder weather holding the running line.

    Craig
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  4. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    And this is why I hate casting your rods! :D

    I am in the other camp. While I agree, a person can probably cast further with mono, I'd still much rather handle a nice fly running line all day. Besides, the rivers we fish don't require super-duper casting distances.

    Side note, I think distance has more to do with how well you manage the running line during the cast.
     
  5. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    I tried varivas and really started to like it once I got hte hang of it. Problem is that it sometimes slips thru the side of my reel. I was using the 30lb, I'll probably get some of the 47 pound or w/e it is.
     
  6. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    Mono isn't all about distance. It's exponentially cheaper, easy to repair/replace on the river, takes up less space on the reel, is stronger and with lighter heads you get tighter loops which helps those little rods perform in the wind. The thinner mono doesn't act like a sail in the wind while you're trying to keep that delicate grease line swing creeping across the tailout. I don't care how "good" any Fancy running line performs a big spool of big game is $10.
     
  7. underachiever

    underachiever !

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    Not to mention, when I give up on fly fishing I'll have some mono around to throw on my bait chuckers.
     
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  8. Cody Bitterman

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    I have spent the past few weeks trying to figure out what setup to run on my 14'' 9/10, and I think I am gonna try some Berkeley, but this rig is for wild peninsula and Canada steelhead and kings so I'm thinking 40lb might be just a little under what I want to run.

    I'm not positive what line I have on, I think it's probably an old rio setup since that's what the head and tips are, but it is not working for me. The guy who gifted me the rod is waaay bigger than I am, and I think the head is too long for me to handle.
     
  9. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    Skagit & 40 # solar collector will be just fine for any salminoids you encounter in wa and/or Canada, what rod you using? (To give estimate on weight of skagit heads to try)
     
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    It's a St. Croix imperial
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    Sorry should have specified, what wt and length?
     
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    14' 9/10wt made in Park Falls Wisc. Good rods, old tech but good rods.

    Keep trying it with the line you have. I'll bet it'll work and you might end up thinking longer heads are less trouble than short ones. I wouldn't use mono running line but it appears others do.
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    Uh oh, not the shooting head vs long belly argument... Get a skagit intermediate and some mono for the least troublesome setup possible and the slowest swing
     
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    Can't imagine how much you must fish if you go through 400 yards of shooting line a season. That or you're overdue for a BUI ;)
     
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    danimal Inglorious Twohander

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    I RUN 50# BIG GAME ON 9WT SETUPS QUITE OFTEN.
    LIL FATTER- IT IS EASIER TO HOLD ONTO WHEN I AM RUNNING 630GRN HEADS AND UP W/BIG CHUNKS OF BIKE CHAIN FOR TIPS W/POSSUM SIZED FLIES ON THE END...:rolleyes:
     
  16. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    1) big game makes awesome butt sections
    2) lanyards for nippers, forceps, tippet spools, gypsy tears
    3) holds tarps in place
    4) hang dry wet clothes
    5) nail knots indicators in place for easy adjustment
    6) laces in your wading boots
    7) secures hat to head in brutal wind
    8) stringer
    9) Hangs food in bear country
    10) you have plenty to spool on all your buddies reels when they get with the program
     
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    Ha ten legit reasons, I'm sold...
     
  19. runningfish

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    Will the list be shorten for 30#?