Varivas Airs Shooting Line - anyone use it ? Which one for my rod ?

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    4sallypat Active Member

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    Does anyone use the
    Varivas Airs Shooting Line ?

    I am looking to put this on my 10wt spey rod for distance and would like to know your experiences with the Variva Airs shooting line.

    Also, which diameter (.016 - .027") would be correct to use with a 750gr shooting head ?
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    I’m a big fan, if you like mono running line in general I think you’ll like it.

    I usually chunk it into 100 foot pieces since it is kinda expensive and I can’t shoot that much line anyway.

    I always use the 47 lb, even on lighter rods. I wouldn’t think you’d want the 36 with a heavy head like you’re using.
     
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    Would you try to lead big, jumpy dog with a leash made of monofilament? Don't do it, and don't try to cast heavy shooting heads with mono running line.:eek:
     
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    I have and have used Varivas on many lines. It's pretty good stuff. It tangles a bit so you have to stretch it carefully. I also have different sizes of Slick Shooter and I have one reel with Frog Hair mono on it. I believe it stays pretty tangle free after stretching. You can get some extra distance with the mono running lines but you have to practice with them. Sometimes I change back to regular running lines. It all depends on what mood I'm in from day to day.
     
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    Nooksack what do you like to shoot with?
     
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    Sooooo goooood. Worth the price. However, there are a few drawbacks.

    No matter what they say about floating mono, it will sink after being fished after a few hours.

    I found that it is fairly difficult to stretch out/ straighten.

    Once there is a kink, it is there forever.

    All that being said, still the best shooting mono in my eyes.

    Opst is also using varivas for their Lazer line as well...not the airs though.
     
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    Thanks for the comparison @Chawhee

    I use OPST Lazar on my current 10wt rig but wanted a better floating shooting line...

    So the OPST is the same material without the hollow core of the Airs ?
    What about the coating on the OPST - does the Airs have that same OPST coating ?
     
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    I cast a 750 grain Skagit head with mono shooting line. The cuts in my fingers have almost healed. I won't use mono with lines heavier than about 500 grains.
     
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    use the 47!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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    Back when was fishing the Pin fair amount found that wiping the (dry) mono main line back and forth through a pad with silicone fly floatant REALLY extended use time before it eventually began sinking. Also beneficial in sub-freezing temps. Just treat the approximate amount you'll be working with for the outing.
     
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    No, and no.
    When it comes to floating mono, Airs and Lazar are the best available. Airs has problems with kinking and coiling while Lazar has had QC issues. Take what I say with a grain of salt but I've used several spools of Lazar and Airs, I'll roll with the dice with Lazar but always keep a spool of Trilene Big Game in the boat box, just in case.
     
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    It's one of their other lines. Forget the name. Diameters, colors all match. I have yet to compare the Japanese labeling on both though
     
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    Don't you know? Berkley big game is sooooo last season. Nowadays, it's all about the stren catfish mono :)
     
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    I have been using it since long before anyone on this thread registered to use wff.com I like using the lightest I can find. 24 30. It's magic
     

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