Mcflyangler on Jan 21, 2017January 21st, 2017, 9:50 am EST
I am looking for a good sinking tip line for streamer fishing. Where I fish it can get as deep as 20 feet, and its rather quick moving water. I don't need to hit the bottom though, just get a good 10' or so. I plan on using a Sage Method (its rather stiff) in a 6wt. Any recommendations? A line that can cast with such a stiff rod?
Mc Fly Angler
PaulRoberts on Jan 23, 2017January 23rd, 2017, 9:56 am EST
Ten feet of moving water is asking a lot. You'd need a ton of weight so a 6wt wont do it. I've fished 20+ feet down using a full sink main line and a leadcore head. That was in still water and you had to be patient.
Mcflyangler on Jan 27, 2017January 27th, 2017, 6:49 am EST
No thanks on the conventional. I think I am going to try the Rio "outbound short" 10' sink tip... I can always add a bit of weight on the streamers and throw them on a longer leader to get down even deeper. Any thoughts?
Mc Fly Angler
Wbranch on Jan 27, 2017January 27th, 2017, 11:08 am EST
and throw them on a longer leader to get down even deeper
I'm not 100% sure about what I am about to write but I'm pretty sure that I read someplace that you defeat the intent of a sink tip fly line by using a long leader. I kind of remember seeing an illustration of the sink tip portion of the line getting deeper in the water column then seeing a belly in the long leader and the fly well above the depth of the tip of the sink tip line.
In my thought process I would imagine a short leader would be more effective in getting the fly deeper. I often use only a piece of 0X about 2' - 3' long when the water in the river I fish is higher than normal and stained. I'm no expert though regarding sinking line strategies.
Jmd123 on Jan 29, 2017January 29th, 2017, 12:42 pm EST
Matt, I've heard the same recommendations, including on here when I asked. I have a 5-weight sink tip to deploy one of these days at Reid Lake, which has a maximum depth of 38 ft. Not that I need to go THAT deep, but I am planning on going deeper than with just a weighted fly on a floating line. It was a couple of years ago I walked into Wellman's bait and tackle, at the mouth of the Au Sable, to drop off some perch from that lake that I was shown someone else's catch from that lake...and thought they were walleye! Those can't be perch - OMG, they ARE! 15" and up, caught by a guy still fishing down deep. Perhaps if I can get one of my KBFs down in their faces I can haul up some monsters like that! And, that could also be where the lunker rainbows hide...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...