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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I have used some OPST skagit lines and Lazer running line sor some time now on my steelhead gear.
And liked it a lot. I only used it for a couple of weeks each year in BC.
But now I bought a 175 grain commando head and tried it on a 8.4ft #4 rod, and did some try-outs last night on a lake close to my home.
I want to use it next month in Slovenia, some fast Alpine rivers.

Just wondering what kind of set-up I have to use regarding tippets and leaders.
What do you use for sinking and floating tips?
What is your casting reach?

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With that length rod, for floating stuff I'd try the 5ft or 7.5ft floating tip and similar with the sinking tips. Ideally the 5ft, but might depend on your casting stroke. The Micro tips should work well. For floating, you can either use a normal trout leader of your choice, or a poly. I like the shorter intermediate poly for soft hackles and wets near the surface. Off the tip, I just run 18-40" of Ultragreen. I've been using the 10lb through 5lb, depending on fly size. You shouldn't have much problem hitting 40 feet and further once you dial it in, which is plenty for most stream trout angling.

I don't use the heavy tips too much. I probably use the OPST Run tips for 80 percent of my fishing.
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There's nothing to add to the above explanation. Follow that advice.
I've used OPST on a bunch of different things, and I have to say that they are probably the most fun on these short, lightweight SH rods. They bring out a whole dimension of your trout rod that you never would've believed existed.
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I've got some homemade MOW heads with 4 to 6' of floating line and 2-3' of T-7. These work well getting a rig deep right off the OPST head. I double down on the 5' floating tip. The 175 head with a 7.5 or 10' tip is pushing the limit for my 7'9" 5 wt with any type of weighted fly. With a 4 wt, it would be even worse.

With the right setup and simple Snap T cast (or cack-handed) is the easiest way to toss weighted nymphs and light steamers.
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I use an opst 175 head with up to 7.5' polyleaders even with a (reasonably) weighted fly. I have used up to the 5/5 light MOW tip, but polyleaders work better for me. 2'-3' tippet of whatever size the fly requires on polys, longer mono leader if using a floating tip. I like it best on a 7'-3" slow glass 5 weight, but it does work on my graphite (faster action) rods. 40'+ casts are no problem. Just don't let the anchor soak too long. I actually prefer to single spey or snake roll this combo rather than using a sustained anchor. Use a haul on the forward cast if you need more distance. Have fun!
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I've got some homemade MOW heads with 4 to 6' of floating line and 2-3' of T-7. These work well getting a rig deep right off the OPST head. I double down on the 5' floating tip. The 175 head with a 7.5 or 10' tip is pushing the limit for my 7'9" 5 wt with any type of weighted fly. With a 4 wt, it would be even worse.
I was thinking about that too! I have enough of old lines that can be used for those modifications. Now that old Teeny T400 line can be used again
So short heads is the trick!

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