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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-05-2014, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Streamer line question

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I have a 9' 5 wt Sage One that I want to get a good streamer line for. I want to be able to roll cast big streamers with this line. Any suggestions?
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ambush line

If u have tips I would give the Wulff Ambush a try. You can indicate as well as loop up a sink tip and huck any size fly u want with a double spey. That's my only line I use after about mid October to mid June.

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Thanks. I was actually leaning toward the Ambush. I appreciate your feedback.
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My experience is big flies catch big fish. 5 wt. and big flies with heavy sink tips don't mix too well. I like a 6/7# min. for throwing pork chopz. If I know there are monsters lurking(October, November)I don't hesitate to grab the 8. I believe in maximum pressure and quick releases! Does a fish right.
That being said, don't let me deter you. With a 5#. I would throw a double taper line and a poly leader. (Any poly leader will work). Fluorocarbon line will sink faster than mono also. Good luck and hold on throwing meat. Once you throw streamers and get that mean grab its hard to fish any other way.
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I'll second the ambush! I have 4. Great with tips or indicator.
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Ambush no doubt paired with polytips for spey casting. If swinging, casting longer distances and where close in stripping is not required is where it shines.

If you do lots of fast phase stripping where you need to finish your strip in close try Airflo 14' polytips simply attached to a running line. You will be amazed how well it casts abd fishes even with the big pork chops (my new term) hehe

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Streamertip

I would personally take a look at lines made for throwing streamers,

Those that come to mind are Rio's Streamertip, SA Streamer Express, Orvis Hydros 3d bankshot, Airflo Streamer Max.

Personally if it is a Sage go with the Rio, I am a strong believer in using lines for rods from the same group if possible. That being said if you prefer a different brand, go with that one.
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Roll casting streamers

I am not familiar with ambush line. Gotta check it out.
For roll casting, I like as much wt. forward line as possible. The streamer lines I have used have a 20' + sinking head and 30 ' of wt. forward head incorporated. You have to pull out almost 60' of line just to load the rod with a false cast. It's impossible to roll cast this set up. If you have plenty room to false cast, it's money. But roll casting is out of the question. Unless I'm completely lame, which is not out of the question!
I've also gone with the miracle braid running line to t-11 or bigger set up and it works in close quarters(roll casting) and gets down Deep.
Other than fishing for those chrome crazed bullets exiting the abyss and returning to their native waters, there is no type of fishing I know( yet ) that gets your blood pumping with anticipation like throwing weighted bunny tails dressed with deer hair collars. That's another thread tho!

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Just got thinking, after rereading the first post.
How "Big" are these streamers you want to roll cast?

I am thinking that the 9' 5 Sage One you want to use does not have the backbone necessary to throw big streamers. If you look around most people us 6's or up for streamer fishing, with a lot of 8's with fighting buts.

No offence, but I do not think you have the backbone to be able to fish effectively with a 5 weight single hand. I would step it up to at least a 6, most likely an 8.
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All I know is that Rio streamertip is poor choise for roll or spey casting. Any rod with the right line can cast biggest of flies. Lighter the rod the shorter the head is the rule to follow. My 8' 4' paired with 14' Airflo polytips wbehind running line will roll and mini spey cast 4" weighted bunny.

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Anybody prefer using a floating line for throwing streamers? I was looking at the rio powerfly line but the consensus here seems to be sink tips?
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Floaters

The conditions dictate line. Boulder gardens, top water(smallmouth bass)!!!! Casting to the bank from a raft, all would be perfect for full floaters. Oh yeah and last but not least!!!... Low light!
Depth charging with a floating line is a problem. Floating line and say 10' of t-14 with some up hill mends= 3-5' deep maybe more depending on flows.
Honestly I only use my beater(old) lines for streamers and they are all wf 7-8# floaters.gotta keepm greased up tho.
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In my neck of the woods if you aren't fishing a intermediate your not fishing. If you plan on stripping over fish I would find a clear intermediate. ..just saying.
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sink tip

I fish that same rod with Rio Streamer Tip 10ft in Type 6 and I think the rod is a cannon with that line. It literally leaps off the rod and takes no effort at all. That rod has plenty of balls to throw big streamers. Personally I prefer a shorter heavy tip so that it is easy to mend and gets down fast. Obviously a short tip like that won't stay down as long but for pounding the banks or fishing smaller rivers or lots of structure I think it's the ticket. It is perfect for getting down in the deeper slots and tight up against the bank. I think it roll casts fairly well on that rod. No experience with the Ambush on that rod though.
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