Hello everyone. This is my first post here and I'm veeeeery new to spey. I'm a total noob with a ton of questions. Let me first start by telling you what I have and what I want to do. I live in Upstate NY and do mostly Ontatio trib fishing for Steelhead, Browns, and Salmon.
I have a TFO
12'6'' Lefty Pro Spey rod and I just won an Airflo Rage Compact in 480 grains over at hatchmag.com. So that's all I have, I know I need more. I've done a little research and I know as far as rigging goes, it should be something like this....
I'm sorry but I have so many questions so here we go.
1.How much backing should I use? Should I just get something like 30-50lb Dacron?
2. Running line. What should I use? I know some people just prefer mono, some not. What is the determining factor here in making this decision? Also, someone told me you can chop the head section off of a WF4 line and use that as a running line. True, not true?
3. Will that Airlo head be good for trib fishing?
4. Tips mystify me the most, some sink, some don't. What application requires the proper tips?
5. Leader preferences. For swinging, should I just use straight mono or some fancy tapered leader?