10 wt lines?


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So, I like to tie some bigger stuff, and have chased bass and pike with 8wts with success, but im a sick individual, so i orderded me a 9ft 10wt to throw the big shit. Stuff the 8wt cant seem to handle too well.SOOO, any have experience with lines they prefer? Ive looked at the pike tapers and am pretty excited to get this rod set up.


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I too, have been considering a different line for my 10 wt....(currently have an allen but haven't really used it fishing and a SA multi-tip, which is ok but I don't do well with it especially roll casting, will the out outbound handle 10' sinking heads? Anyone use the Airflo 40 plus or Ambush line with the 10 wt. that can comment on how they perform with bigger flies and tips?

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Before you go buying different lines… try casting one of the Sage Largemouth Rods. (It comes with a specially designed line for that rod) The Largemouth rod was designed for big bass in the California delta and Mexico bass. It will handle the big flys, and the big fish. Just try it.


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here's my thoughts. my thoughts are based on musky and flies in the 8 to 18 inch class without weight.

outbound short, very easy to cast, an idiot can cast these lines, not much for loop shaping however like a driver without the ability to shape a shot. running line is absolutely terrible and build quality poor. on a good note though it is available in many formats. the head is good enough that I'll probably just weld another runner on and be done with it rather than sell. i have one rod in particular that likes this line. forget about any roll casting, head is too front loaded.

rio musky line, rather unimpressive. i have a used once 11 wt intro that weighs in at 450 if you want to try it you are welcome to it. just ho hum performance here. not a fan. same issues with build on the outbound. will cut your hands as the runner is rough. will roll cast some.

airflo sniper. we have a winner. excellent performance great runner, idiot proof, like a better outbound also available in many formats.

wulff saltwater taper cold. this is a highly customizable performance oriented line for a good caster. tight loops able to be shaped, massive line speed accuracy potential. will leave less experienced casters less satisfied than experienced this is,a casters/anglers line. available in many formats, build is excellent, runner superb. delivers the largest offerings prodigious distances with the near delicacy of a lighter trout setup in the right hands. suitable for spooky bones, tarpon, and not so spooky pike/musky. only wish it was longer like thesniper at 120, this one is only 105. not that one is casting into backing very much at all just annoying for those minority situations. depending on rod and stroke one may need to up line one wt. as they are more true than say the obese obs or other vanity grained lines. roll casting very good.

ambush. another winner, will make lesser casters feel like pros. great build, bummer is only available in floating for this weight. doubles as a,switch or spey head too. great lines. these would be my goto warmwater lines if they filled out the sinking selection in the upper weights. why, well nothing wrong with easy casting, especially if the line is stable for long flight, which these are. furthermore, you may fish mono, poly, t material tips or damn near anything off the end with no modification. retrieving all the way to the boat? great , send out an eighty footer in two false casts, from eight inches out the tip to full on distance without much effort. roll casting good.

sa titan. sharkskin tech, rough on hands. good build, great casting, only a floater now but a,few intro prototypes are around so this will likely change. an excellent choice for topwater musky other than obnoxious color. however i g
hear the new ones are reversed so the green is up front. yeah! roll casting tough but possible.

sa magnum. good line less extreme than other offerings, however you gain smoothness here and some delicacy. will roll some.

hope this helps, let me know if you have questions. what rod are you lining? all the above lines in this weight will turn over very large flies.
Thanks for the detailed write up. It looks like for me the ambush or wulff saltwater taper cold would be the best choices for what I am looking for. Have you tried the wulff salt water taper with any tips?


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My 10 wt. is a Winston Vapor--so I would guess that a 10 or 11 SWT would be the best match. I originally purchased it to fish fall Chinook above Vernita on the columbia. I have since picked up a spey rod that sees most of the fall action and now use the 10 wt. mostly for carp and bass and to dream about going to the tropics for bone fish and permit someday.

Sounds like the SWT might be the best niche for now. I can always use the a full sink head if I fish for Chinook above Vernita with it.
Thanks for the suggestion...I don't have a line that I really like for this rod. I have an ambush line for anohter rod that is a really fun line to use. I tend to shy away from customizing lines...probably because I don't believe I can improve over a factory job...but then I have never done any customization. I will keep watching for a SWT in a 10 or 11 wt to go on sale somewhere. Then if that does not do the ticket for me for some situations, I will pick up an ambush in a 10 or 11 wt. I might be able to use that with a my 7 wt switch rod when I want to have an integrated line that can be stripped back to the leader. I am contiually amazed at how much difference a well matched line makes in how much I like a rod.