Best 8wt steelhead nymph line

Luke77

I hope she likes whitefish
#1
Hey everyone, Just putting this out there to get some different opinions. I'm looking for a good nymph line that can throw 2 heavy bugs and an indicator and still mend well. I'll be using it on an 8wt 9' fast action rod. So, lets hear it...
 
#2
I would, at a minimum, go up one line wt and possibly two, depending on the line maker.

Check the grain range for your rod and you may want look into the Sage Indicator series. I picked up the 320gr and it worked great, although I used it on a 8wt 11' switch rod but it casted effortlessly.

I'm sure there are plenty opinions out there.
 

docstash

Active Member
#3
Take a cheap wff line 2 weights over rod rating and cut off 8 to 12' of the skinny front taper. Moves the weight forward - forward and creates mass to turn over mass and does not under line the rod while leaving a nice taper to stack mend. 8wt is not for a delicate presentation but for a 1" thingamabobber - jig (stonefly)- and egg pattern (bead). But what do I know I am a swinger.

Craig
 
#4
I've been pretty pleased with the long belly Cortland 444SL. It's stiffer and slicker then others I'e tried and it mends easier too.
 

jobyksu

Long Drift Trouter
#5
Try to get your hands on the Wulff triangle taper nymph line. It gives you a ton of control with your nymph rigs, and with a nice short head you don't have to worry about having a mile of line out to load the rod.

On the other end of the spectrum, my wife fishes the SA Mastery Nymph and I'm amazed at how it allows decent rollcasts with big nymph/indicator setups. Long mends seem to be pretty easy with this line also. Depending on your rod, you may want to go a line up with the SA.
 

Abomb

Active Member
#6
I am running the SA Steelhead taper. I really like it. Turns over junk well and picks up real nice for mending and quick roll casts. I am running it on a medium fast rod though so you may want to line up for a fast action.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#7
I'm a swinger too, but Docstash nailed it. Cut the front taper off a 10 wt for your 8 wt. Probably throw weighted Intruders too, tho I haven't tried it.

Sg
 

Zen Piscator

Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.
#9
I wouldn't recommend the triangle taper lines for nymphing because they have weak turnover due to their interesting taper. I've been using the airflo ridge nymph since it came out and havn't felt the need to switch after trying SA and Rio stuff.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#11
I am running the SA Steelhead taper. I really like it. Turns over junk well and picks up real nice for mending and quick roll casts. I am running it on a medium fast rod though so you may want to line up for a fast action.

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Mastery Steelhead taper.

The best all-around steelhead line . . . heck, great all-around fishing line.