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Thinking of going to a full floater with some of the 12ft Rio Salmon sinking leaders. I see the heaviest one is rated at almost 8ips. I realize these leaders aren't DC, and probably not as fast sinking as a type 8 tip. Seems most of my fish come on a type 6 tip and an unweighted fly, no compensator. Wondering if a slightly weighted fly and one of their faster sinking leaders would get me in the zone?
 

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The 12’ ( 7”/s) weights 97gr . If the fly is a normal size you should be fine. If not, you can cut off 1-2’ form the top to improve turnover.

Another option is to use Rio type 8 sinking material, which really is T-9. The core is made from 20 lb heard nylon making this material stiffer then polyleaders and better suited for heavier flies.
 

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The RIO and Airflo 'sinking leaders' are the 'cat's meow.' That's all I've used for years, save for a few 'short' T-14 heads for my 'heavier' spey rods (8 and up).
 

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density vs. mass, depending on fly too

Hey Jamey,
I've played with the sinking leaders a little, and for me they work best with less bulky flies because their overall mass is less than a heavier tip. With a marabou leech that doesn't make much drag, they get down better than with a big, water resisting sculpin. I'd use 'em anywhere you'd use T-8.

Carl
 
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