Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Pedro J Figueroa, Aug 15, 2012.
I like the airflo miracle braid a lot better than the slickshooter. It's a lot easier to strip
The only thing I don't like about amnesia is that it bleeds into the backing. Great stuff for the money though!
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the advice
I use ELF on both of my spey reels. I bought a rod from Meiser and also purchased the Godshall line for it and that is what they were using. It worked very well so put it on my second reel.
Ahhhhhh, a Meiser rod with a Godshall line .... Marriage made in Heaven.
I use 30 lb. Amnesia on two spey reels. It doesn't unkink after hand-stretching as well as advertised, but I get by. It works well with a medium weight head. However, when pared with a 750 grain skagit head, it feels like walking a large, energetic dog with a thin string for a leash. For heavier heads, I prefer substantial coated running line, even if it doesn't shoot quite as well.
I use amnesia a lot for single hand shooting heads, like surf casting stuff. Tried it for Spey but didn't like it. Felt like bungee cord and didn't like the way my loops sank when standing in slow water. Found miracle braid and have never looked back.
BUT, to each their own..
Take this for what it's worth...as you got it on there..use it
I have tried and used every mono running line out there..why? because I thought casting it the extra ten feet mono can give you was important..which it is in a casting competition...but not so much for fishing..
I have broken every mono running line I have fished...whether stepping on it..kinks in the line...worn out..started to split...or just plain snapped when brand new...
I switched back to a thinner normal 30# type running line...it mends better, controls the head better and fishes better IMHO...
I leave the mono for the SOR guys now...but since you got it already might as well fish it till you find something else...
Good observation G65. 'People' have this ingrained idea that if you can't cast a 2-hander 150++ feet you're a 'failure.' What Total Tosh.
Fishing for Atlantics, on some rivers, HUGE casts may very well be the name of the gamegiven the fish. Here with Salmon and Steelhead? Not really on our rivers. The number of 'them' I've hooked over 100 foot from me I could probably count on the fingers of one hand. And more likely they hooked themselves.
I can live with that.
i switched to SA floating mono last year and will never look back. it is more of a oval shape so you can maintain a good solid grip while casting. As long as you give it a good stretch it is almost tangle free.
Jesse...everyone loves mono until it snaps for no apparent reason (which likely means you didn't check that spot) and your head flies off down river...
Kind of like democrats are all just republicans who haven't been mugged...
here's a typical scenario...happened to me last weekend...Fishing a run that finally has the sun off it..thinking might have a chance at a wild steelie in there....but my rod tip breaks...(must have mono in it) My bud behind me now has the whole run to himself...I cross back over at the tailout to my truck to get another rod....stringing it up I hear him come up through the bush...I ask him what the hell he is doing? Why leave such a prime run? He say's the run is cursed...his mono snapped and his head is now wrapped around a big boulder in the middle of the river that most of the fish hang around...
We get wet dicked but got the line back eventually...but no fish would have stayed after our recovery...
He will tell you he loves mono as well and will only use it...that's the third time he's launched his head down river .....I just shake my head...bad enough a rod breaks or such...but when something busts more then once on me and gets to the point that I have to pack a back up spool....i'm done with it...others still love the shit though...
Hmmm, I guess I am just extremely lucky. I've been using the same $5 spool of amnesia for winter and summer (cut the spool in half and use it on two reels), for well over a year and not had one break. I also have friends use it quite a bit and have not heard of any breakage issues as well. Jane says... I'm living on the wild side
I have a love hate with the stuff, but find it on most of my reels and spools. I hate the diameter and how it sometimes slips through my fingers when shooting line, but like to throw wedges, so its fine with me. You just cannot beat the price! The only time I ever had it break was while using it for leaders butts while nymphing. I do not bother anymore with it for that purpose.
Good points Mike.
Same here... I hate it when slipping through fingers, but it is hard to beat the performance/cost ratio. I have been told by Ed that wrapping some rubber on the front cork will reduce this incidence. For lighter skagit heads (below 400 grain), I think mono is good and have good control. But for heavier head, (above 450 grain). I like to switch back to flyline type of running line (ex. Airflo ridge 30lb) to add a little bit more friction to the running line. Heavy head generate enough momentum to pull it though the guides and I get better line control part.
It depends on where you fish.
The number of steelhead I have hooked with a 100' cast (talking about 100'+ perpendicular to my wading position, not at any point in the swing where a much shorter cast would also likely score) anywhere in oregon and washington? Maybe two hands worth of fingers for counting purposes. All of these have been winter steelhead on BIG WATER. Otherwise the water just doesn't usually call for it.
The number of steelhead I have hooked on big summer water at well past 100'? 30-40% of all fish I get are beyond this distance.