What weight flourocarbon line for winter steelhead?

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  1. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    What weight flourocarbon line are you using for your winter fishing?
     
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    I use 12lb in summer and winter during clear flows, 15lb mono in turdwater.
     
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    In most cases.

    But out on the OP I'll beef it up to 15... cause ya never know when you're gonna have to pound face.
     
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    Ed don't listen to these guys. They actually catch fish. For you may I suggest 4lb mono and cheap flies for getting hung up a lot..........you can borrow some of mine!
     
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    I do the same except it's the 12# for the Ronde and 15# for the Clearwater. P-Line is the only tippet I use period.
     
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    none. maxima ultragreen and chameleon nylon monofilament are cheeper and work really well. I like the larger diameter because when knicked on the bottom, they don't break as often. 10-15 lb depending on a)visibility b)expected fish size and c)floating or sinking tip line.
     
  10. stewart dee

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    I use 10 lb Maxima since Fluorocarbon line emits some of the worst chemical gases possible on the environment during development. Besides do fish know what line is? They see your sink tip and some of your Skagit line anyway?
     
  11. Ed Call

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    Ford Fenders is flipping me $h!t. TomB and StewieDee, I've got the mono, and like it but I'm fishing more sparse unweighted flies and like the thought (maybe perceived) that the flouro will get it where I hope the fish are. I say hope, because we all know that I don't know.

    I do have some 12# and 17# flouro in hand already. I'll try them, heavier in turbid water or when I'm dreaming of bigger fish. Lighter when more clear and just the average sized fish are in my thoughts. I could say that I've caught 100% of my fly caught steelhead on mono tippet and not be lying. I'd hate to think that anyone would put any stock into that statement though. The narrow, very narrow, extremely narrow random sampling should not be used as guidance by anyone who hopes for success.
     
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    Interesting thread, I don't normally go any larger than 10#. Mostly I'm 8# and even 6# but then again I've never landed a steelie over 12# so that might explain something. I've always just assumed that lighter is better. Now I'm not sure if it is true or not but there have been days where my hit/take/land ratio has been much better than those around me. In those cases I've assumed I was just a far superior fisherman with much much better flies. :)

    Ira..
     
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    Doesn't fluorocarbon sink better than mono? That's what I heard somewhere.
    I use ultragreen 10 to 15 depending, but - like some others - my hour fished to hook-up ratio pretty much bites.
     
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    "fish don't care what line you use in swinging fly". I agree.

    But if you are fishing in a "rock garden", flourocarbon is better for abrasion resistance. sometime, I use 17 lb flouro just for this single reason.
    otherwise mono will do it. It gives softer action too.
     
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    What happens when you hang up with 17lb line? Even 12lb is gnarly sometimes when your balls deep standing on slick river rock. With good knots 12lb is incredibly strong. I've ran maxima flouro for 2 years now for all my bobber duties and occassionally for swingin. Sold! I don't roll like rick ross, seagar is outta my league.