SRC Set-up

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by freestoneangler, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

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    I've used a 6 wt. for Pinks often but seriously, if you plan to release them, you might consider a 7 or 8 wt. so you don't tire the fish out so much. I used a 7 wt. most of the last run and while my arms got a little tired, the fish at least had a chance for survival. It's one thing to catch and release but still another to release and kill. Remeber, the hook-up is what counts.
     
  2. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    697-4XP, 3300D, Outbound Short w/10' polytips.
     
  3. miyawaki

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    Oh yes, forgot to add the La Gloria Cubana.
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  4. Mark Mercer

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    As you know Larry, I totally agree with you and Jonathan but you have to remember a VXP or XP 4wt is really a 5wt and will cast a wf5f line better than a wf4f line, it's the same with my biimx 5wt, it's basically a 6wt. Sage has been doing this for years.... Simple, you build a nice 6wt and print 5wt on the blank....Bingo you have a super fast 5wt.
    I'm sure some will disagree but it's worked out well for Sage, and others have followed this idea, faster is better.

    Now that shooting heads are in common use it works out even better because the rods designated line weight (5wt) matches the line's designated weight (5wt or grain wt) and everyones happy, but everything has just been made heavier than the original AFTMA called for. Make since?
     
  5. Jonathan Tachell

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    Yeah I own almost all sage rods and I really enjoy fishing them because they are light and have a fast action. As stated above since they have such a fast action I usually over line them going one and sometimes two sizes up. I enjoy fishing a four weight for cutthroat because like Larry said at least they put a bend in the rod and you get a bit more of a fight out of them instead of the typical small run then pull them to you.

    As for pinks they are well, pinks. A six weight handles them fine and in a timely fashion. I have caught them on lighter rods and still did not have the fight last more than a few minutes. If you fight them aggressively and and keep them off balance its usually a short fight.
     
  6. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    i'm new to SRC fishing but for what it is worth....sage one 691 with rio grand. i don't love the grand line with it though so i'm tinkering.
     
  7. Josh Smestad

    Josh Smestad aka Mtnwkr

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    If the weather is calm I fish a sage flight 5wt with a sage 3850 and a floater. If there's wind I step up to a sage XI3 6wt with the 3850. I fish a floater 99% of the time for sea-run cutthroat and adjust my leader length and fly weight for the conditions(the other 1% is usually when I'm fishing from a boat).
     
  8. bigdood

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    Was using my Redington Wayfarer 5wt but the wind was killing me so just purchased an Echo Ion 9' 6wt. Will be using some cheapie Wholesale Sports line and put it on an old plastic Cabelas 357 reel. Baller setup, I know, please try and control your jealousy.
     
  9. Richard Olmstead

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    I used to (and still do occasionally) use my 9' 6-wt Sage VPS, but wanted something a bit stiffer and longer for the beaches, so picked up a Sage Fli 9'6" 7-wt a couple years ago when they were discontinued and love it. Reel is a Ross CLR. I've been using either a clear intermediate line, or a Rio multi-tip, although I'm not convinced I have the line thing down for beach fishing. I'm interested in reading what some of you use for lines.
    Dick
     
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    I'm fishing a 590 XP with a floater, just a basic SA WF trout line, and then a TFO 6wt with a RIO clear intermediate Aqualux.

    You can punch an intermediate line a mile, and they tend to be thinner per given weight so cut thru the wind well. However, if fish are really shallow they can be an issue, and also, if fishing a flat shelf, you may not be able to cast as far as you'd like before hanging up a bit due to length of retrieve time. But intermediate lines are a blessing in choppy conditions, as they aren't at the mercy of waves.

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  11. Stonefish

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    +1 on the 6 wt.
    If folks are concerned about the length of the fight, beef up on your leader and take the fight to the fish. They aren't leader shy.
     
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    I've used a 6 wt BVK and a 6 wt Orvis Hydros for a couple of years. Both with Rio outbound shorts. No complaints with either. They handle pinks fine. I've been wanting to build a 5 wt for my topwater SRC rod, but haven't gotten around to it.

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  13. Gary Knowels

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    I'm in the process of building a 9' 6 weight American Tackle Matrix blank up for my beach rod. I'm excited to get it completed and start throwing it in the salt.
     
  14. Brooks Werner

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    I just recently purchased an Otto's Colorado 9'6" 6wt and Yampa reel. I have too many other hobbies to afford fancy fly gear, so I gave this setup a try. Couldn't beat the price of under $200 for a rod and machined reel. So far so good, even handles the windy days well for a single hand rod. This was also one of the few 6wt rods I found with a fighting butt, which I find really comes in handy when I'm wearing bulky clothing.
     
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    What you'll find is a lot of companies offer their 6's in both fresh and saltwater versions. The salty 6's have small fighting butts and saltwater components.
    Sage has both 696-4 and 697-4 with the 697-4 have salt components. Redington offers a 696-4S in a saltwater model with a fighting butt.
    SF
     
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