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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Help with a shooting line

I just purchased my first "switch" rod on this board. It is an 11ft 6wt and it came with an AFS 6/7 shooting head. In terms of a shooting line to go with this, can I simply use one of my 30# Airflow running lines or should I buy a shooting line a la slick shooter, grip shooter or ??? Of course I would like to use what I already have but this may not be appropriate. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 06:35 PM
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Miracle braid? Ridge running line? Either way, use it, it's fine.

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Its a ridge running line. I have used this with all of my other heads but thought I'd ask as I have no experience with the "technical" side of shooting heads,etc.
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The Ridge you have will work just fine.

Having said the above some people go to a lighter running line (Ridge 20# or Rio .024) on the smaller rods. For the best distance mono is the choice.

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How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
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Thanks for the comments and a few questions

What you are saying makes sense to me. The AFS head is only 400g and this is definitely lighter than the skagit and scandi heads I have for my full size two handers.

Is a mono shooting line easily fishable in the colder months or is the ridge type line preferable when it is cold i.e. easier to grip?

Also, when you say mono gets more distance, is this something that most folks feel is necessary or only those that have specialized needs. I get plenty of distance with my current set ups so assume that mono will not be necessary. Make sense?

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Like everything else connected to choosing two hand tackle there can be many answers all of which could be right or could be wrong. Some things a person will have to discover through personal testing.

Lots of people fish mono year round but many people find mono more difficult to handle in colder weather.

As to distance I very rarely ever use mono being satisfied with the distance I get with plastic. Many people however want it to fly as far as possible and for that the various brands of mono seem to rule.

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I have two rods, one 11' long and one slightly longer, that take 400gr heads. I use #20 ridge running lines on both. I get all the distance I need for practical fishing, and I find the ridge running line handles well and rarely tangles.

I had a #30 ridge running line that I used on one of the rods when I first got it, and it also cast well. The maximum distance I could cast was probably a bit less with the #30 ridge, but not enough to have any practical effect on my fishing.

One possible drawback to the ridge running line is that it seems to pick up a bit of water as you strip it in. This can be a problem if you are fishing in air temperatures well below freezing, as this water quickly turns to ice in your guides. But Airflo makes a 'ridgeless', supple, running line that worked well for me last winter.

I have tried mono running line on the 11' rod, and while I can cast a bit farther with mono, maximum casting distance is not generally what I'm after in my trout fishing, and the ridge line seems to handle better for me.

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I would say fish what you have right now, the ridge running lines are plenty good I used them for years. I also had a likeing for the guideline LRL at one point. These days I fish mono running lines on every rod I own, its a personal preference for the most part. It does take time to get used to the mono but once I did it was hard to go back to the plastic coated running lines. What I noticed was that there is an increase in line speed and also distance and they are not as effected by cold or warm conditions. In truly cold temps mono is the easiest to work with if you are going to shoot line, and I am talking cold as in when you step out of the water your waders start to freeze and if your reel gets wet its frozen up.

After trying many different types of mono some quite expensive that go to **** after a few outings I settled on the Berkely big game solar collecter. you can get 370yrds for around 8 dollars and it lasts a long time. The down side is it sinks, but for normal fishing casts in the 70 to 100 ft range who cares your not going to notice any loss in performance. If anything it will probably help tighten up your forward loop for you. The new Rio slick shooter is pretty good as well I have a reel loaded with slick shooter that a client gave to me back in 2011 while guiding kings that I still use today.

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Thanks to all who replied

I think I have what I need. I really appreciate the info you have shared with me.

Brian, I recall meeting you and a former girlfriend and her dog at the takeout in Terrace a few years ago and again at Spey O Rama that next year when the competitors were sharing a couple of hours with the members of GGACC.
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