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: Striper Lines - which and why?

06-21-2000, 07:35 AM
<b>What lines are needed for striper fishing?</b>

Although the intermediate is the first line to buy in most regions, the reality is that you will need at least two lines... intermediate and sinking.

The exception is the Merrimac River or any area where the water is deep and dark and the current runs hard. Cape Cod is an example of an area where most spots can be fished effectively with an intermediate... with certain exceptions that will warrant a need for that sinking line.

To thoroughly work an area where there are shoals, flats, and channels, guzzles, dropoffs, etc; the intermediate alone will cut your results in half. Likewise, the sinking line will force you to work the fly too fast or drag, snag and agitate the angler in shallow or rocky stuff.

It's true that the first most basic line is the intermediate. You might consider going with a clear line because it's much stealthier in skinny water conditions and better for spooky fish like albies and bonito. I prefer the ones that take a nail knot for obvious reasons. The Cortland 444 clear has fished well for me, although other brands are fine too.

Sinking lines are critical for fast currents and deep holes. When the tide runs hard the fish will lay in the slow water beneath the current. There are times when anything short of a down/dirty retrieve will produce nothing. I wouldn't go out without both lines unless I knew it was going to be a flats show or an estuary show all day long. The QD 325 grain is a veyr popular line but I have recently experienced some line cracking. I have fished the full sinking WF S/A line for over 2 years and the finish is still holding up well (albeit less abuse than the cortland). Rio has provided a Deep Sea line that I am testing, more later. Orvis has it's versions too.

With the exception of the WF sinking, these are all variations of the Teeny lines, which is a hardwired version of the shooting head systems developed by steelheaders in the pacific northwest for steelhead. They cast great once you adjust the aerialized portion of the line and shoot the rest.

Floating lines are handy in exaggerated forward tapers to carry poppers in coastal conditions. Poppers can be fished on intermediates but only at fast retrieve speeds.

Your experiences and opinions are encouraged for the sake of other readers...

06-21-2000, 11:25 AM
The general impression I get from the following Companies/Lines is:

Cortland Lazer: Holds up well under a great deal of use even with stretching. You can find it at good prices. Casts: very good. I use it on flats for crab/shrimp patterns or for poppers and gurglers.

Cortland 444 sink: Used 30-40% of the time and has held up with no cracking. I don't stretch it. Low price. Casts: fair. Great for the Merrimack and Boston Harbor.

SA Sink tips: I have two. One 5w and one 9w. The 9 is so cracked I can't use it. The 5 is beginning to crack and will be unfishable soon. Always had to stretch which probably helped the cracking. Middle of the road in terms of price. Casts: good. I use it 60% of the time in freshwater and I used it 75% of the time in Salt. Now I use it 0%.

AirFlo Int: 2nd Season, so far so good. This line is used most of the time and has, on paper anyway, a great warranty. I don't stretch it. $50+ though. Casts: very good. Great all around line. Never leave it at home.

Hope this helps...

Nathan Smith
06-22-2000, 09:38 PM
I do love my SciAng Clear. My favorite sinking line is the Rio Deep Sea 350gr. Shoots like a cannon and sinks well. The 24ft sink tip in dark blue a great color for dark, deep water.

Nathan Smith
06-22-2000, 11:11 PM
I do love my SciAng Clear. My favorite sinking line is the Rio Deep Sea 350gr. Shoots like a cannon and sinks well. The 24ft sink tip in dark blue a great color for dark, deep water.