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Has anyone ever used this product? I was thinking of purchasing a packet that comes with 30 feet of line that can be cut down to several lengths (braided loops are included). I plan on using it for chironomid fishing this spring. I really can't stand messing with twenty feet of leader, and the possibility of missing strikes because I momentarily took my eye off my bobber. It seems that you would have more control with a depth charge line. The only I problem I see is if the fish are feeding in water that is not twenty feet deep, but more like twelve, with the chance of spooking fish since you would be fishing almost directly beneath your tube/toon/pram. I'm an inexperienced chironomid fisherman, but what I have gathered is that line control is very important. Keeping a close watch on your bobber is also very important. And it seems that a lot of fish are caught deep. Am I crazy for wanting to chironomid fish, but without using a forever long leader and bobber?
 

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I usually use a full sink type six for anything over 15' deep.

Get a small bottle of whiteout (typing stuff) to mark your flyline once you have your depth set. I usually mark it somewhere in the middle length of the rod so the same mark can be used for several depths within a couple feet of where you start. The stuff is semi permanent in that it will stay on all day but can be removed by rubbing it with your fingers.

You can use the same line for trolling your way to your spot.
 

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While you could use T14, I would recommend the Rio Deep 7 line. It was made for exactly what you are trying to do and eliminates the loops.

Also, many people fish without bobbers but still use a floating line. It is commonly referred to as fishing "naked."

If the fish are feeding in 12 feet of water, you simply use the appropriate length of leader on the floating line to reach the fish. This allows you the ability to cover water and not be limited to what is exactly below you.

Tom
 

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Another vote for the Rio Deep 7 line. The downside with this line is that it's really designed for a 7wt. rod. Another option[ and the one I now use] is the Rio Deep 6 line: you give up about 2" per second of sink rate, but the Deep 6 is available in different weights. I got one for my favorite 4 wt. trout rod: it casts great and minus any wind, will get down to 40-50 feet in a little over a minute.
 

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ive used 6 feet of t-14 looped onto a type III line in the past, works great just dont expect to cast it. the loops through the guides arent bad if they are done right. i bought a deep 7 last spring and that is definitely the ticket. i throw it on my 6wt, casts effortlessly. the deep 7 is very versatile and allows for a lot of presentation not possible with other lines. i even use it for seabass at neah. i caught my biggest brown of 09 ripping a double bunny at mach speed on the bottom and off a drop off in 12 feet of water. cant do that with t14. it just stays down no matter how fast you strip, all the way back to the tube. at the end of the retrieve its literally coming straight from the bottom. thats when the fish eat.
 
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