Getting set up for chums...

I'm putting together an outfit for chums, and was wondering about lines. I'm gearing up to fish for them in the salt...Specifically chico creek and Hoodsport and the like. So far I'm going with a 9-10' 8 wt rod, with a matching reel. My question is about lines. Generally, when I'm setting up something for the salt I tend to stick with shooting head lines.... Big fan of the 40+ and the Outbound, both of which I use often in lighter weights. My first thought was that I'd just grab a 40+ 8 wt floater and fish that this season and see how it went, but I've been wondering if the shooting head is really necessary. From what I've read, it seems spare flies and long leaders is often the name of the game for these fish, so perhaps I need to focus on something with a bit better presentation/line control? I'm not against getting multiple lines, and I'm sure by the end of the season I'll have at least a few... But I'm just wondering what you guy's thoughts would be if I was going to start with just a single line.

SHould I just stick with what I know in one of the various integrated head systems? Or would I be better off in the presentation/line control department going with something like a Rio Grand, GPX, etc....


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You don't have to cast long distances at those locations. I wouldn't worry about it. Yea a shooting line is nice for the distance. If you need to save any money at the moment, I wouldn't worry about it and just use a standard WF. Floater for sure at the Creek. I was still catching chum before I got the 40+. I used a plain WF for years. There is an advantage to some extend as I never got tangles as easy as one can get with these skimmpy running lines they now produce. They piss me off on occasion.


Left handed Gemini.
I agree with Larry stick with a floating line I'm not sure if I'd go with a long leader either I mostly go with 6 to nine feet tops most of the fishing is in 3 to six feet of water and a shorter leader seems to keep the snagging at a minimum
In the salt I would stick with a sinking, shooting line. The flies placement is a lot better with a sinking line and the shooting line makes it easier to cast if wind becomes a issue. When you start moving into creeks I would use a now floating, non shooting line with a well weighted fly. chum season is my favorite part of the year, I'll sit at estuaries and just wait to see a chum to swim by.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Stopped by the local shop and walked out with a Redington Link 890 and an Outbound short floater. Going back tomorrow for a reel.


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Dang , Nick. You don't mess around. That is a very nice set up. Pick up a Sage reel (I'd go with the 4200 series) and you will have a Far Bank trifecta!


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I got the regular Outbound floater for my 6wt. I haven't used it much yet but I really like it. Now I need one for my 8wt. I just have an Airflo Coldwater WF floater that I plan to use for estuary chum this year.
If everything goes well I'll be swinging by the shop tonight to pick up the waders they exchanged for me, as well as a reel for the 8 wt... and then could be on the beach by no later than 6 to throw it around. Pretty stoked.
Go under the Narrow bridge to throw it around, there are so many coho under there willing to take the fly. Should start seeing fall chum in the Puget Sound around late October.
Thanks for the suggestion, Pimp. Fortunately, living in Hansville I am surrounded by tons of great water that is not quite so far out of my way for an evening cast.

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