Could I use this rig for salmon...???

I'd like to use my 6 wt. with a floating line and a 12-15 ft. leader. Am I wasting my time? :beathead:

I know the ticket is the clear sinking line, but with a Montana trip to fish the Ruby around the corner I'm watching my budget.

Any thoughts?



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I hooked over 20 pinks this morning using a 10 foot leader on my 6wt (and 8wt) both with floating lines. A 6wt is great. A few guys were using 5s and still did fine for the most part...


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Notice I said "hooked". Landing them was another story... These were 100% chrome and suprisingly strong and aggressive biters and fighters.. A few fish I saw streak from 20 feet away like a silver bullet and slam it 15 feet from me. Other times I would cast to a swirl and have a fish on before my first strip in. Then there were those I hooked as I drew my line to re-cast - missed, flipped it back, and hooked em again. Then there was the mad scramble of fisherman getting outta the way of a running fish in 2-3 feet of water - followed closely by a high speed seal making a huge wake in pursuit.... Made me wish I fished the salt more than once or twice a year :)
I've been pretty pleased with the Cortland 333 Clear Intermediate Sinking line and you can pick them up at GI Joes for less than $30.

Good things about the 333 clear intermediates are that they shoot really, really well (once they get wet), they seem to handle wind better than higher-profle floating lines of equal weight, and they allow you to fish just below the salad and the chop. I also think that you have a higher percent of hook-ups since their is less slack in the line. But the biggest benefit for me is that you can use a shorter leader so it is easier to throw clousers and big cone heads (I go with a 4ft tapered 2X leader and 3 feet of 2X or 3X tipit. I've found that my distance is serverly hindered by long leaders and heavy weighted flies.

Good Luck - Benn