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I am sure someone, if not a number of folks have personal experience with this topic.........how does the XLT perform when cut back and used as a winter sink tip line?

I have heard through the rumor mill that it makes a dandy tip line for those long belly fans. I have been throwing a Grandspey with tips, but am thinking of getting another XLT and hacking it up for some tips.

Where is a good source for the receipe?

What are your recommendations on tips to use and what weight? Rio, etc?

This will be thrown on a 9150 (brownie), and maybe my 14ft 9wt Loomis GL3. I managed to fish a week straight on my XLT and 9150 this fall (home on leave). I was having a ball throwing that 7/8 xlt on the 9150.

Thanks Jay
 

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From an earlier post
This is what you want

XLT: 6/7 7/8 8/9 9/10 10/11
Forward Taper (feet) 87 91 90 92 99
Rear Taper (feet) 19 16 18 14 16
Total Head Length (feet) 108 107 108 106 115
Total Line length (feet) 120 130 130 140 140
Suggested placement of loops (feet from front of line) for sink tip use 18-20 20-22 24-25 27 28
Maximum suggested grain weight (15 foot sinktip) 160 170 200 260 300

7/8 is cut at 22 feet
 

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Much Obliged!

Thanks Matt! I appreciate it.

Essentially what my plan is with trying this little experiment is to come up with a package that is essentially the same as my grandspey, just on an XLT instead.

If I hack up a 7/8 XLT, what would you guys recommend for tips? I will more than likely use Rio's. Would I want them in a 7wt? 8wt? 6wt? I have gathered from previous posts on this topic that the head throws the tips. Soo which line weight tips would best accomodate this set up?

Thanks! Jay

"I need to come up with some sort of quote down here!"
 

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My Rio 15' tips weigh out accordingly;

8wt-109 grains
9wt-129 grains
10wt-150grains
11wt- 170 grains
12wt- 190 grains

I think it's interesting to note the weight of my 10/11 Airflo tips are 120 grains. Now according to documentation, max weight for a 7/8 XLT is 170 grains. Going lighter on the tips can help get you used to this set up. With a 20 grain difference you might not notice, but 40 and 60 less will become noticeable.
 
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