Intermediate line for SRC

#1
I'm looking to set up my Echo Carbon 9 ft. 6 wt. with an intermediate line and go explore some south Sound beaches, on foot and via kayak. Giving some thought to the Rio Outbound Short F/I, the Outbound Short full intermediate, the Wulff Ambush Clear Head F/I, the Ambush Neutralizer F/I, the SA Streamer Express Clear Tip ( this has an intermediate running line I believe), and perhaps a traditional full intermediate like the Rio Aqualux or Camolux. I'd love to hear what you guys think are the key factors in choosing an intermediate line for sea-runs.
 
#4
Do you have the floating or intermediate running line?
Intermediate, I would think a full sinker would be overkill at least for SRC as they hang in a pretty shallow bit of water. Considering the habitat of the SRC a floater is pretty legit too, I have one on my second spool for poppers.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#5
Just a mention here. I've fished for sea runs for quite a few years. I used to use a 10 sink-tip and also a dry line. Until last year, I used a dry line for the last 10 years, then I picked up an intermediate. Can't say my catch ratio has improved that much, but, somewhat. With a dry line you can get by much easier without a stripping basket also. Bottom line is, you don't NEED an intermediate.
 
#7
I use the intermediate almost exclusively. If I fish a floater, I have WF lines for salt. One is a 40+ and the others I can't remember off hand but usually I use an intermediate Outbound.
 
#8
The last few years I've used a 40+ intermediate and a outbound (not a short) floater for cutt's on my 5wt, I think my catch ratio has improved with the intermediate (especially for rezzies do to the distance you can achieve) but recently have been using a outbound hover for cutt's and I think it might be the best of all, do to the fact you can fish in much shallower water than a standard intermediate. Other than poppers or surface flies I think it might be the best of both worlds but I need to put a few more days on it to know for sure. I've not cast the carbon 6wt so I'm not sure how it will
handle a 40+ or outbound but Rio also make the hover in a lake line that isn't as heavy as the outbound, might work better?
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#9
Just a mention here. I've fished for sea runs for quite a few years. I used to use a 10 sink-tip and also a dry line. Until last year, I used a dry line for the last 10 years, then I picked up an intermediate. Can't say my catch ratio has improved that much, but, somewhat. With a dry line you can get by much easier without a stripping basket also. Bottom line is, you don't NEED an intermediate.
I'm in agreement with Larry here. I caught my first searun cutthroat in the salt in 1971 and a floating line (I use an H & H "Hi-Floater") is really all I've ever used in the salt while fishing for them. And it usually works well when they're in the rivers too.
 
#11
While I agree with you guys, a floater with surface flies is by far my favorite way to fish a beach... there have been many days when I did my usual first two passes up and down a beach with the floater and didn't raise a fish. Switch rods to the intermediate and start picking up fish right away. It definitely would not be a big deal to fish with only a floater. I do like how I can get a unweighted fly like a flatwing deeper with it... huge benefit.

On another hand, Roger Stevens uses a Type VI full line and picks up some of those big South Sound fish I never get near.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#12
Since you are lining a 6 and at times fishing from your kayak, I'd suggest the OB Short intermediate (30' clear head) with the floating running line. The reason I'd suggest that line Is because your 6 wt can serve as a salmon rod for you as well. You can cover two species with one line.

I know some folks like a intermediate running line as they say it is less apt to catch salad.

If I was setting up a rod only for searuns, I'd go with a 10-15' sink tip with a clear head.

Good luck,
SF
 
#15
Thanks for the input everyone. I decided to give the RIO Outbound Short WF-6-F/I a shot. It's the floater with a 15' clear intermediate tip. Hope to be able to try it out soon!