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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Running Line ?

Did a Search here for running line and did not find much

So in looking at a lot of post about people using mono for running line and then regular running line
then watching all those super long cast on YouTube and seeing mono? running line
then seeing a few people on the river untangling running line? mono running line?? on the river a few times
then hearing people say they can cast farther using mono line
then you have the warm and cold rivers and weather! what works best
I have been looking at that SA mono core running line is this stuff any good?
for some odd reason in my older age even 30lbs mono line luvs to cut the skin on my fingers at times
and I do not wish this to happen
So what to get?? I have been using airflo ridge running line and so far I like it! is there something better??


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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 03:56 AM
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If you like the Airflo Ridge line then keep using it. No one product is better than any other its just a matter of personal preference.
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I like Rio Grip Shooter running line. It has a section that is coated like regular fly line but transitions into mono-like running line. I find that it is easier to grip during the cast.
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I like Guideline Comp running line, RIO Slickshooter (not Gripshooter), and recently got some "Quantum" running line, by Steve Godshall, which I really like...it has no memory and no stretch.
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There have been a ton of long threads on running line choices - maybe the search function on here is acting up again.

I think the ridge running line is the “best” overall choice for you. The quotation marks just mean that really what is best depends on what you are trying to do. The coated running lines have about the right balance between slickness and friction to be the easiest to cast with a nice turnover. Mono is slicker which means larger distance but less back pressure from the friction so it is harder to get a good turnover, and can be harder to hold. The solution as with everything is to make adjustment to deal with things.

The only reason to change is if you are not already happy for some reason, or just to see what it’s about. A similar weird problem I have had a couple of times is after fishing long days for a few days in a row with coated lines I have sometimes got a bit of a cut on my finger where the line get stripped and switching to mono (but very think mono) was a help with that temporary issue. But probably just switching to anything different or slicker would have helped. Other days when it was really windy and I was using mono it got blown around a lot more and switching back to a heavier coated one helped a lot. But in good conditions where distance is not an issue i think the coated ones have the nicest over feel and handling. The possible exception might be that when you are using very light lines on very low wt rods mono seems to help make everything work better since the friction in those cases can be too much with a coated line. But in the end it a “boxers or briefs” question: what you like you like, but part of it is what works better for you, and part is just what you have the most experience with.

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I don't like any mono, lazar line in 7-8wt spey rod. Simply because the line is slippery. You have to pinch hard to hold the line, which tires my hand quickly.

on lighter spey rod, 3-4wt, mono line helps the distance. the shooting head is light weight and not hard to pinch the mono
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'been using 60# Big Game mono with a bonefish taper on either a 10 or 12 foot rod - heavier because it is easier to hold. Shoots like a dream - but mono sinks and tangles easily. At some point mono actually requires more line management skill for distances attainable than does a coated line.
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I like the Laser and Miracle Braid. I actually find neither tangles as frequently as coated lines. YMMV

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I have never liked mono. Back in the day when mono was all there was, I had different ones on a couple single hand rods. When I switched to heads on my two hand rods, I used some of that old stuff, until I discovered Airflo Ridge. I used the Ridge running lines for a couple years. When I read about the non stretch properties of Monic coated GSP, I tried one. Eventually tried them all. I have been using the .024Ř long enough to wear out a couple lines, & recently ordered two more. They make a .030Ř & a .038Ř. All are built on the same 72lb test GSP core. The heavier one is easier to hold onto during low temps. Worth checking out.
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I like a tapered running line that makes it easier to mend. SA, I believe, makes one, but it is very expensive, so I made my own from old, traditional fly lines. I just cut off much of the heads and put on loop connectors. I also bought an inexpensive fly line at Cabela's and turned it in to tapered running line.

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I have never liked mono. Back in the day when mono was all there was, I had different ones on a couple single hand rods. When I switched to heads on my two hand rods, I used some of that old stuff, until I discovered Airflo Ridge. I used the Ridge running lines for a couple years. When I read about the non stretch properties of Monic coated GSP, I tried one. Eventually tried them all. I have been using the .024Ř long enough to wear out a couple lines, & recently ordered two more. They make a .030Ř & a .038Ř. All are built on the same 72lb test GSP core. The heavier one is easier to hold onto during low temps. Worth checking out.
Same here, I do not like mono and use monic of different sizes. But, I also do not use skagit or scandi heads on the rivers I fish. Lately I have been using integrated lines with 55' and 63' heads.
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I'm a fan of the OPST Lazar. Some colors seem to have more memory issues than others, though. When I first switched, it took me a bit to get used to mono, but I don't think I'll go back. I just wrap about 40 feet around the ball hitch of my rig and give it a good stretch if it's been on the reel for a while. Usually does the trick. Plus you can flip ends or cut it back a little if the front section gets worn or kinked.
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I get the best distance when I knot a rod-length of 8lb mono to the back of whatever head I'm tossing. Don't tie it to anything, that creates too much drag through the air. It's a little challenging in that you can only cast it once but your fly gets a killer dead drift. Still working out the kinks on how to set the hook though.

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I get the best distance when I knot a rod-length of 8lb mono to the back of whatever head I'm tossing. Don't tie it to anything, that creates too much drag through the air. It's a little challenging in that you can only cast it once but your fly gets a killer dead drift. Still working out the kinks on how to set the hook though.
They do say air has the least resistance of all! . I had not considered its self-mending qualities until now, but I believe you may be right.

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