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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2019, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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I just got the above line to try with my long rod (15’6”) for winter sink tip fishing. I plan to test using a Rio 15’ type 8 tip in place of the 20’ floating tip that comes with the GPS.

I looked for a 10/11 but couldn’t find one so 11/12 it is.

My question is I don’t know how much line my rod ( and I ) can handle.

The line comes with an 85’ head which I know I won’t be able to cast.

Is the best technique to let out line until the rod seems to load and cast nicely then mark that length as the amount of head to have out of the tip?

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That would be a reasonable approach, however, I would start with a floating tip just to ease the learning curve. I very rarely use a sinking tip of any kind on a long line. You may find you will still need a fair amount of line out of the tip just to get the rod to load some. This length may be more than your used to but if you start there and work your way out it shouldn't take long to get the hang of it.
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If your fishing start short and work out the line to the max cast you can do or what the run needs.I always start with very short cast, like only the leader short, using overhead cast or roll cast until I can do single speys.
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If by chance it is a Salar Specialist (15’6”) then don’t worry about the rod not handling it. I liked that rod with a 9/10 GPS but have no doubt it will handle the 11/12. And if you are only casting 70-75’ of the head then no issues.

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I have a CND GPS 8/9, 9/10 and 10/11 and use them on 14' and 15' rods. Your rod should handle it just fine but one note on the GPS. The line is a "mint" green head with a pink running line--if you are a good caster and have used long bellies before then start with the color change in your fingers. The GPS has a fairly long back taper so running more of the head out the tip top just means you have to work a lot harder to transfer the rod's load. If you're newer to casting then pull even more in as already suggested. Take good care of the line! They are great to cast but really tough to find!!!!! wish I had a a couple more each...
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I just got the above line to try with my long rod (15’6”) for winter sink tip fishing. I plan to test using a Rio 15’ type 8 tip in place of the 20’ floating tip that comes with the GPS.

I looked for a 10/11 but couldn’t find one so 11/12 it is.

My question is I don’t know how much line my rod ( and I ) can handle.

The line comes with an 85’ head which I know I won’t be able to cast.

Is the best technique to let out line until the rod seems to load and cast nicely then mark that length as the amount of head to have out of the tip?


I think you're on the right track. The GPS is looped at 20 feet (+-) so the shorter, 15' sink tip will be easier to bring to the surface before the lift and relatively easier to cast due to the shorter length compared to the "full-floating" config. The line also has a long back taper that you can "play" with, adjusting the belly/weight of the line in the d loop , the same as with "over hang." An 8/9 GPS has 9 to 10 feet of back taper. I can remember the 11/12 WF being longer still.

Just remember: Get the line moving in a straight path to a stop and that the power is in the lower section of the rod.
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If by chance it is a Salar Specialist (15’6”) then don’t worry about the rod not handling it. I liked that rod with a 9/10 GPS but have no doubt it will handle the 11/12. And if you are only casting 70-75’ of the head then no issues.
My rod is a Daiwa Alltmor 15’ 6” 9-11.
It’s more me as a caster than the rod that is the problem.

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