Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: West Seattle, WA
I just got a 200gr head for my 9' 5wt. The guy at the shop said I would want to use a tip or cheater between the head and the leader. I tried a 9' taper leader only, and while the head shot out in a tight loop, the leader just fluttered down, so, like full-sized Skagit set-ups, you need a tip of some kind. OPST now has a range of both floating and sinking tips for smaller rods, but here's what I've done:
After the leader-only experiment, I put on a 12' intermediate tip from an old 5wt multi-tip set-up and 4' of leader. Magic. My go-to for Puget Sound sea-runs.
Made a 6' or so cheater out of the back end of an old 5wt floating line, and used that with 10' floating and intr polyleaders. Cast OK, but it was a bit windy that day, so hard to tell for sure. The cheater seemed a bit thin.
Cut a type 6 tip from an old 8wt (single) multi-tip set to about 10', putting this tip well under 100gr. Hucks a decent Skulpzilla nicely.
Cut a floating 5wt tip from 12 to about 9 feet and fished it with a standard 9' tapered trout leader. Super nice. Did a similar thing with an old 8wt tip--also nice, but the lighter tip feels better.
I would have bought their Lazar shooting line, but he shop was out. I spent half as much on Slickshooter--it's working fine.
If I could afford it, I'd buy their various tips, but I have so many random pieces around that I can cut back and use that I can't justify it.
Good luck, and have fun!