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: uses for a t-130 line??

04-30-2007, 01:23 PM
Firstly thank all you guys for the rod advice.

Ive been searching for a sinking tip line for general trout use, rivers, lakes and streams (for a number 5 rod), mostly nymph fishing and sometimes streamers. Im looking for a "jack of all trades" sinking tip. Ive been offered a teeny t-130 line from a local fly shop.

Heres what I think but Id like some advice from you guys:

-I find the sinking part on those shooting head type lines way too long (I think is about 24 ft.) for my intentions. I dont think Ill be able to mend correctly or pull the line out of the water for casting (my grade as a caster is around "C-") but the shop owner says it ok, that shorter sink tips wont serve me for my purpose.
I told him what about a 5-10 feet sinking tip, and according to him they are "an antiquity and nobody uses them anymore".
- I hear shooting tapers are prone to tangle up your leaders (wind knots, etc.). Considering Im a regular caster, will this be a problem?
-I hear those tapers are difficult for nice presentations of the fly, that you have to be a "maestro" to do it right.
-I hear you have to be able to get a lot of line out to correctly "load" your rod for a nice shot.
-And last, I use lots of roll casts in streams and rivers due to the thorny vegetation. Can you roll cast a shooting taper??
-Would it be better to get something like a "Rio streamer line" or some other "nymph line" for my fishing preferences?? any recommendations??
thanks you

05-02-2007, 08:54 AM
ill try to move this thread over to the gear forum