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When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:16:52 AM »
I have my opinion, but I'd like to here what others have to say.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014, 10:21:15 AM »
rarely, I think.  When you need to get really deep or deep really fast (a fast flowing river with a pocket of fish) as examples.  Otherwise, a sink tip mated to an intermediate or floating line seems to be preferred.  But I am also interested in learning what others think

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 07:43:26 AM »
Don't really know. I've never had the need for anything heavier than an intermediate sinking line.

But here's my plan: full sinking line on a 12 weight, go offshore and hit weedlines and rigs looking for a big cobia. anyone interested?  ;)

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 01:52:51 PM »
George- I'm on board with that.

I'll even pop for gas since you've got the offshore-capable boat.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 02:01:04 PM »
Yeah. Yeah. Me too! Me too!

I can hear the drag now zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 02:36:05 PM »
Ah, sorry to disappoint guys, but I no longer have an offshore-capable boat. Sold the Hydra-Sports when I bought the Beavertail.

So - unless we can reach weedlines from the skiff we'll need another plan. So let's start working on one!

GDS
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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 04:30:05 PM »
I don't have a boat, but I'm definitely interested.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2014, 05:32:31 PM »
ADHD much?            Squirrel?

How this thread has devolved....

What was I saying? Oh yeah, we know a guy.....

Now we just to convince him that taking us is a good idea.



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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 05:43:27 AM »
I can get a 22' Wahoo with 200 hp Merc. Will get to the short rigs without a problem.
Look for that boat at the POC jetty trip in May. 

Full Sink lines are for dredging up deep fish so they are most likely used with heavier rods and flys.  I can only think of salt applications around here in Texas.  Tuna, shark, groupers, Amberjack, ...sightcasting to your graph/depth finder!
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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014, 06:18:25 AM »
Ok Puck... thanks for keeping us focused.

From my perspective, a full sinking line is best used....hey there's a hummingbird! Got to put out the feeder.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 07:57:49 PM »
so Puck, what IS your opinion?  you haven't said.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2014, 03:42:59 AM »
1.  When fishing in deeper water (+10ft) in fresh waters
2.  Using a floating fly on a sinking line for LMB.  The line drags the fly top the bottom as you strip, and rises when you stop.
3.  In an area that has a tidal current.  The sinking line can get the fly to the fish.
4.  In the surf a floating line is a tangle waiting to happen.  An intermediate works, but the large fish seem to be deeper, so I like to use a sinking line.
5.  Brushpiles.  I'll throw a bendback on a sinking line into a brush pile and drag the fly over every tree limb.  Heavier tippet is required.
6.  Trolling.  In know, you don't troll with a fly rod, but when you are moving in a kayak from spot to spot, the sinking line drug behind seems to get more hook-ups.

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Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 07:15:03 PM »
I use full sink almost exclusively offshore.  I use many different grain weights 350 to 1000 grn with 10 thru 14 wt rods.  Both integrated heads & shooting heads.

Both allow casting distance to increase versus wf lines, but require practice.  The casting stroke & feel are very different.

Integrated heads are expensive compared to shooting heads.  I mainly use teeny ts lines although I just got a rio striper 350 gr.  I have both Orvis & rio heads.  A good place to get either for cheep is our auction.

I have used full sink lines for tarpon at the secret tarpon spot in poc.  4-7 ft deep.  No tarpon jumped.

Secret spot = bill day reef