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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Best Running/Shooting Line?

Anyone have an favorite running or shooting line? I have (and have always used) the rio powerflex core shooting line in .035 in. I have had problems with it getting tangled, even though I have tried different looping techniques to handle the line in my hand. I have it on a scandi and scagit 420 & 450 right now. Does anyone else recommend a good shooting line that might not tangle as easily or is "slicker"?
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Berkeley Big Game Solar Green mono in 25#, 30# and 40# - if it tangles you can replace really cheaply - all running lines tangle - mono is relatively easy to untangle while some of the poly coated lines - not so much
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The running line you're using now is a good one. If you are getting tangles then you should take the time to get the line untwisted. There is a ton of info in the archives on this subject and how to fix it.

Past that there are a boatload of great plastic coated running lines on the market. Right now I'm using the Airflo Ridge 30# and the Royal Wulff Tracer .032. I have also used the Rio, Monic, and ELF lines and thought they all worked very well.

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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 11:50 AM
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Give it a good cleaning and treat it with some slippery stuff and it will improve. Plastic coated running lines need to be cleaned occasionally.
I'm currently using 50lb slickshooter and have had very few issues.
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Airflo ridge 30lb. Love it. I don't think you should have to waste your time untwisting or straightening a runningline. It should just work.
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Over the last 3 years I've tried most of the running lines.
Airflo ridge 30# is good stuff.
Frog hair if it floated would be awesome.
Varivas is good but a bit fragile.
My favorite and what I'm back to using is Airflo miracle braid.
It floats,almost bombproof ,no coiling,very easy to blind splice an awesome loop and lasts a long time.

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I use alot of the SA floating Mono ... but have cast the #40 Trilene big game line that is the lime green color that Rick J mentioned ... I was very impressed by its limpness and shootability... It doesn't float but it really didn't seem to be much of an issue when I tried it ... also it is fairly inexpensive. I'm going to pick up a spool soon.
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I've been using Sunset amnesia for some time now. It rock's.
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I took a 7wt floating line and cut the running line off and looped the end. Works great and has little memory.
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Over the last year, I've used the following running lines:
SA shark skin; Rio 25 and 35 lb powerflex; Rio 35 lb slick shooter; and now, Airflo ridge 30lb.

Worst? By far - SA sharkskin - awful on cold wet hands.

Best? Easily Airflo ridge.

I liked the rio powerflex, no tangles, easy handling etc, but not great for shooting.

Just not a big fan of mono lines, but only because most of my fishing is done in winter.
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If you like mono the Verivas shoots like a champ and floats fairly well. I like the 47lb stuff, stiffer and thicker then the lighter lb-test variants. It comes in 100m spools with a sitcker at the 50m mark. You can spool up 2 reels (50m each) and cut it down as you get the inevitable kinks/nicks.
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ELF. Way great
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Been through the monos, the coated, the slick-shooting, and have finally settled on the Sawada flat-beam mono as the best for how I use shooting heads & skagits. 'Tuff stuff' mono (an ocean 'shock leader') is also very good, but not as good as the Sawada flat beam, but a whole lot cheaper!


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Airflo Ridge is good stuff except for one problem....if you get hung up and are forced to break off, the coating can separate from the core. I have several fishing buddies as well as myself that have had this problem. But it could be a function of fishing 20lb maxima to the fly. I don't go that heavy in the lower 48.

I have tried the Rio .035 and the ELF, and like them both and have not had the "accordian" problem with the coating bunching up.
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post #15 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 11:19 PM
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Ive tried a few lines including the Airflo 30lb ridge... I have fallen in love with the miracle braid.. it tangles far less with the same looping strategy and shoots far better
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