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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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line reccomedations for kenai spring fishing and saltwater overhand

I have a few years under my belt with skagit casting with sink tips but have run into a snag with this particular situation

The kenai this time of year is ultra low and slow so sink tips are no good to me. I want a full floating line that can cast small to fairly large flies around 100 feet. Now i know thats far but there are some spots where 100 foot bombs really help. What kind of head length should i look for and so on. BTW the rods i'm looking to use are a vt2 7130 and z axis 8110

Also for the vt2 what kind of line would u recomend for casting overhand in the surf. I've tried outbound but it hasn't done well for me. I want to have a line i can make one backcast and lauch 100 plus feet. a scandi head maybe.
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If I were in that situation, and with the gear I have, the best tools I can think of are the 8110 z-axis and an Outbound WF10F. This combo is an absolute ROCKET for me. What about the Outbound taper did you dislike?

Maybe a slight bit more distance can be had out of a head and super thin running line combo, but not worth the handling troubles for me.
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What weight outbound head were you using on the vt2?
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I did not like OutBound at all but I must give these new another change. I got an impression that because of heavier front the loop opened too soon and phenomen was worse with higher line speed. I noticed same with SH rod hauled casting too. They are great for close range and with big fly because heavy front pulls head out easy after stripping head in. Some years ago they had a coiling issue with running line so I made it a shooting head and other way around it performed just fine.

I use shooting tapers and really like 2008 Vision Ace with factory welded loops because their rear half weights almost double of front half so they shoot like a freight train. To guarantee line straightening cast must have enough power so that running line stops which helps energy transfer all the way to the leader and fly.
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Skagit lines work just fine for floating line work. They will not have the finesse of a midspey, but they work just fine. Typically they should be a little longer than the sinktips you were using. CND does something similar for their tip lines. The floating and intermediate are 20' long and the faster sinking tips are 15' long. In fact an intermediate tip should work fine for what you want, unless you are skating.

As to distance, a couple of years ago, one of the Skagit gurus competed at Golden Gate with a modified Skagit system and was in the top 4 or 5. In any case it was well over 120'.

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