what fly line for boat fishing? (tuna, albacore or bluefish )

yuhina

Tropical member
#16
I go for albacore tomorrow. That'll be a new experience in tuna entirely (yes Alpinetrout, REAL tuna)
Cool! don't forget to post some photos!
well... some bonitos are around the shore here... those "little tuna" are always fun.

Refer to gear selection, to me, proper gear match proper fish with good technique... and beware of those unexpected individuals.

I have taken some respectful size stripped bass on click and paw reels. Heavy leader and proper technique get them in as quickly as using those sealed drag reels. Plus, a burning finger experience is just another priceless experience IMO.
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Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
#18
I've liked using a setup of Rio Slickshooter running line with Lc-13 for the sink tip. I'm also quite liking the Rio Leviathan fast sink lines.
Yah! me to. The only catch is that the Leviathans are hard to cast but on a boat it's not that big a deal since long casts are not generally the word of the day. I also like that they have an intermediate sinking running line so they get down super fast.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#19
I've liked using a setup of Rio Slickshooter running line with Lc-13 for the sink tip. I'm also quite liking the Rio Leviathan fast sink lines.
Agree, with the caveat the former if you're trying to get the ultimate distance out of your cast and minimize drag when the line is sinking (but they handle poorly) and the latter if you want to had an all-around good handling line. The latter 'casts' better, as the main line includes a small portion of 'handling' line behind the tip/head connecting loop.

I have the Leviathan, and it's a solid setup. I also, though, use SA intermeidate running line (can't remember if it's .035 or .040) with nearly the same results.
 

Philster

Active Member
#20
Always 2 lines for me. An intermediate (which lets you use poppers too) and a quick sinking. I'm generally an advocate of heads but with serious tuna do prefer an integrated line. I like the smooth transitions for fish that realize, just about when you see color, that they aren't done yet :cool:
 

yuhina

Tropical member
#21
Agree, with the caveat the former if you're trying to get the ultimate distance out of your cast and minimize drag when the line is sinking (but they handle poorly) and the latter if you want to had an all-around good handling line. The latter 'casts' better, as the main line includes a small portion of 'handling' line behind the tip/head connecting loop.
So if I understand this right, the Leviathan has more complex taper, so it should turn over the big flies better? or Lc 13 will do the same regarding turn over big flies and also shoot better distance?
 

Philster

Active Member
#22
All of them have so much mass and density that fly turnover isn't a problem. Smoothness of casting for sure, distance if your casting isn't that great may be increased because of the smoothness, but turnover isn't a problem. Just keep your leader "saltwater sinking line short".
 

yuhina

Tropical member
#23
All of them have so much mass and density that fly turnover isn't a problem. Smoothness of casting for sure, distance if your casting isn't that great may be increased because of the smoothness, but turnover isn't a problem. Just keep your leader "saltwater sinking line short".
Thanks for the answer! Philster
I will give it a try and see what happens...
 

papafsh

Piscatorial predilection
#24
This is very interesting content, as I'm going to be fishing out of SoCal with my eldest son, on his boat later in August. I still don't have a rod and reel set up for it, but, will by then. He sent me some pics of the blues he caught this last weekend, the biggest was 40#! on gear. I just want to get into 'em with flies.

LB

BTW: Thanks for the vid link Yuhina.
 

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