What is your beach fishing setup?

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  1. Nol

    Nol Needs to fish more..

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    I am using a 6wt Sage Launch and an Echo Large Arbour reel w/ Rio WF full sinking intermediate Lake line. I'm not sure its the most effective rig but it does get me into the pinks. Just wondering what do the rest of you seasoned beach fishers and pink chasers use?
     
  2. D3Smartie

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    rod: 6wt Xi2
    Reel: Evoluntion #3
    Line: 6wt Outbound(floating)
     
  3. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    TFO "Series One" 9' 6wt with Rio Outbound (got 'er spliced and back in action) intermediate loaded on el cheapo Okuma Sierra 7/8 with a lot of backing. Not the greatest reel, as I would prefer (and may eventually get) one with a larger arbor with a better drag that doesn't slip when wet.
    The rod throws the line pretty well, though.

    When I need a floater, I use a floating tip on one of these: my Airflow multi-tip on my 6 wt, or my Rio multi-tip on my 8 wt.
     
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    Depends on how I feel... personally I like fishing light.

    Rods: TFO Pro 9'6" 5wt / Rainshadow RX7 10' 6wt
    Reels: Ross Colorado / Ross CLA
    Lines: Rio Grand, Orvis Intermediate, Type 2 full sink / Orvis Salmon/Steel floater
     
  5. Wayne Jordan

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    Sage 697-4 XP 9'6" 6 wt. with saltwater seat
    Rio Outbound with intermediate head
    System 2 8/9 reel that's about 12 years old and has been through a few drag replacement operations.
     
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    9'6" 6wt... Sage Z-axis or VT-2, w/ Nautalis no 5 reel, rio outwardbound intermediate s/t....
     
  7. jfh9

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    I use a 6wt TFO Jim Teeny with a floating intermediate line and a cheap Okuma Sierra 5/6 real. As Jim said a large arbor would be better but I have hardly had to use it. I usually just strip them in.
     
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    Orvis 9' Zero Gravity
    Rio Outbound
    Galvan reel

    Coming soon:
    Sage Z Axis 8110
    Tibor Everglades
    Rio Outbound
     
  9. TimHa

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    This year I began using the Sage Z-Axis 11' 6-weight switch rod and will never go back to a single handed beach rod. I use a RIO Versa-tip 7-weight line on a Nautalis 7/8 reel. In current I can spey cast easily with this rod and can do a mix of a spey cast and one overhand cast to kick out 90' of line pretty easily. I had been looking for this rod for about 3 years, trying every switch rod out there but wasn't happy with any until Sage came out with this one.

    Tim
     
  10. WT

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    Sage 790-4 DS2
    Rio 7wt Outbound F/I
    Bauer JM3
     
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    I'll add a different perspective. I'm a bamboo rod maker and use my rods all the time for beach fishing. My latest favorites are a pair of 8-1/2' 3pc rods with tapers loosely based on the Gillum Salmon rod. The rod I'm using now, with salmon lurking around, casts a 7wt. SA Stillwater, or a WF8 Cortland 444 Floater. My sea-run cutthroat rod is hollow-built and casts a 6wt. clear intermediate, or a WF7 floater. I use a home-made stripping basket with plastic cable ties in the bottom.

    Tom
     
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    TFO teeny 6wt 9'0"
    Ross CLA 3
    Rio Outbound intermediate
    7-9' 2x or 3x tapered mono leader
     
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    Bamboo rods for the salt? Cool!
    WT
     
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    Rio versi tip
    Cortland endurance, which has locked up even after rinsing, after every use.
    Frank.
    It's going under the knife tomorrow.
     
  15. greenbucket

    greenbucket Royalty of Renton

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    Sage Z-Axis 9' 6wt w/salt reel seat
    Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox 2 w/Rio Outbound 6wt full floater
    Albright 7/8 w/Rio Outbound 6wt Intermediate
    home-made stripping basket and lots of bad casting habits...
     
  16. Les Johnson

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    6, 7 and 8-weights, TFO or Teeny TFO rods; floating, intermediate sinking (SA Streamer EXpress, Rio Striper) and extra-fast sinking integrated heads (designed for saltwater with intermediate shooting line). Depends on the time of year as to which ones I use.
    Cheers,
    Les
     
  17. 10' GLX Classic 2 piece 6 wt., overweighted with an 8 wt. Orvis Clear Intermediate, Orvis Mach 4 reel with 200 yards of 20#, Kennebec collapsible stripping basket and a box of assorted flies. I pin the zinger with nippers and hemostat to my waders so that the salt doesnt damage my fly vest of the rest of my gear. You should'nt need to replace too many lost flies in the salt so why bother with a vest. I sometimes use a milk crate to stand on for added height, even though Im 5'10" mY buddy uses a step ladder and gives a better view and keeps more line off the water and bangs out 100' casts.
     
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    Some great information here, but I have a couple of questions:

    1. None of you mention tippets. Length, test?

    2. Most of my Coho beach, lower river fishing has been up in B.C. There just about everyone uses intermediate sink (clear) lines. I surmise you are using the Rio Outbound lines in order to make long casts to pods of fish. We didn't do that in B.C. Are you using clear lines...does Rio make a clear intermediate sink in the outbound series?

    3. 6-weight rods? Wow! All of our fishing is done with 8 weight rods up there.



    Thanks guys....great tread!
     
  19. Randy Knapp

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    My latest favorite is a Fenwick 8' 7-8wt fiberglass rod with Pflueger Medalist 1495 or 1495 1/2 with WF8 floating, intermediate, and fast sink shooting heads or shortened full lines. Sometimes I'll fish a 6 or 7wt if my expectation is smaller fish. I usually tie my own leaders varying in length and ending in tippets of 8 to 12lb Maxima. I also usually use a stripping basket.

    Randy
     
  20. Ron Crawford

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    Rod : Sage TCR 691-4
    Reel : Galvan Torque T6
    Line : Rio Outbound 7 weight intermediate head with floating line
    Leader : 5-7 feet of level (no taper) 10 lb clear maxima
    Fly: Shock and Awe 80% of the time (I love this fly)

    I have done A LOT of gear testing over the last three years and (for me) this is the perfectly dialed in setup for salmon. The TCR paired up with an overweighted outbound gets me 90' with no problem. If I really concentrate and hit a good cast I can send the entire line out to the backing. I am no expert caster either. This is a case of technical achievement in rod and line design. It's not me - put my other 6 weight in my hand and I am lucky to cast over 50'.

    I just love standing shoulder to shoulder with the gear guys and outcasting them.
     

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