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I’m from Michigan so I’ll be fishing the gl system. Mostly pere Marquette and big manistee. I bought a 13’6” loop lined it wit backing 35 lb slick shooter and a 550 grain rio skagit head along with various sink tips depending on the river. Oh the reel is the 9/10 reddington behemoth. What’s your thought?
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As to the question you asked, I will give you a frank and unpleasant answer as if it was my gear. First off, it is hard for me to say whether or not your rod is lined right without knowing its line weight designation, is it an eight weight or a seven? As to your reel, it is not a full cage reel which means it might be susceptible to the thin mono shooting line getting caught up in the reels innards causing all kinds of trouble should a fish be on the reel or possibly just in winding up of the line. And though some argument may erupt in this one, I'll hang it out there and let others pipe in in rebuttal, but many a fisherman complain about mono's behavior in really cold water and its tendency to kink and difficulty to keep in your grasp in colder temps. I won't swear to this last bit but it did move me away from mono shooting line when added to the fact that my reel also was not a full cage reel. I settled for a more traditional shooting line as the least expensive option versus a new spey reel.
I have a 13’ 6” 8 wt rod and when I put a 24’ 550 grain shooting head and 40# berkly big game running line, it changed my game for the better. I use both hands to pinch the line so line slippage is non issue for me.
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