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01-24-2003 10:09 AM
JR SPEY Two other quick points: Those dimensions are for one line size which is not specified in their catalog. The head lengths vary from 80'6" to 87'. Also, it is available as a multi-tip line at $129.95.
01-24-2003 10:04 AM
JR SPEY The Air Flo Delta Spey Traditional has not arrived over here as yet. It was supposed to be shipped from England right after the first of the year. It is peach color, 125ft. long, with a 6" tip, 38' front taper, 40' belly, and 5'6" rear taper and 41' of running line. It will cost $67.95 retail and is available as a 7/8, 8/9. 9/10 and 10/11. I hope this helps.
01-23-2003 09:41 PM
removed_by_request I was just at the airflo site, they have a new line coming out called Delta Traditional. It has an 80+' belly longest is 85'. Tis I think is their answer to all the Grand and xlt speys out there.

It may be a nice lien to add to the tool kit. I'll post my findings once I get more info.
01-23-2003 09:26 AM
Originally posted by mjyp
I have the regular and long, two different lines. the long delta is the real deal. If you come out in April you can give her a rip. that line is slicker than pigeon crap on a windsheild.

I can put 50' casts out or 80+ no problems. The rod loads like a mother
I was kinda afraid of that when I bought my Delta. I tried Neil's Delta 8/9 on my 9 wt. and I was super impressed. I bought the 9/10 strictly for Polyleader performance and I have no doubt that it'll work fine where I intend to use it on the Grand. However, I bought the Delta in a hurry as I wanted to squeeze in a trip with it before the season closed. I dithered over waiting and buying the long Delta and had the store had one in stock, I would have bought it. I have also had a chance to cast Greg's 6126 with a Windcutter and a Mid Spey - the Mid Spey is way better on his rod.

I'm getting the sneaky suspicion that the Mid Spey/Long Delta are better fishing lines while the WC/Delta are better distance/shooting lines. I'll be keeping my WC and Delta as in places, they do work well. I had bought a DT-9-F as my long belly line but it might end up getting retired before I even get it wet after I try your long Delta.
01-22-2003 08:20 PM
removed_by_request I have the regular and long, two different lines. the long delta is the real deal. If you come out in April you can give her a rip. that line is slicker than pigeon crap on a windsheild.

I can put 50' casts out or 80+ no problems. The rod loads like a mother
01-22-2003 07:20 PM
peter-s-c I have a regular Delta but with the freeze up I haven't had it out yet. It'll be interesting to see if it works short better than a Windcutter.
01-22-2003 07:04 PM
removed_by_request To me the best casting GL line (Spey wise) is the Airflo long Delta.
Less grains if you match it up against the same size mid spey. This line casts near, far, and mends link a dream.

If it's sink work you are after the teeny 5' mini tip is hard to beat on our normal sized rivers. They will load a spey pretty, he even has a spey line out with a 40' head. That may be a very interesting line for our GL rivers. Its rather cheap too.
01-22-2003 05:18 PM
Smolt Thanks Peter
01-22-2003 05:08 PM
peter-s-c I have a 7 wt. that if I'm able to make it, I'll bring along. I have one in a 10 wt. as well.

I've only tried that rod once and not with the S/AS but my instincts would lean to a 7 wt. not an 8.
01-22-2003 05:04 PM
Smolt Does anyone have any experience using Rio's Steelhead/Atlantic Salmon flyline on a Sage 7136-4 (Green)? I had an old SA WFF steelhead taper that I was thinking of using, but I can't find it. What weight S/AS works well with that rod? If anyone has one in a seven or eight weight, I would appreciate it if you wouldbring it to the Clave in April. Thanks

01-22-2003 04:27 PM

Yeah, what I do is strip the tapers to the core and tie a know, then I use mono thread to join and epoxy finish. Sometimes, if I want to convert, I will loop to loop in between. That power hinge effect is great for turnover!
01-22-2003 12:05 PM
removed_by_request Dan,

You don't have to worry about that. If we can get the rod she will get passed around like a cheap bottle of scotch. Still think its a touch too light for our big steel. Plus she may not cast a line well in the wind. It casted well indoors at a casting pond, taking her outside would be the test.
01-22-2003 09:42 AM
making a custom line


I have a DT-7-F that I'm thinking about converting to one of your custom lines. I'll be hunting for a suitable WF-9-F to use for the head.

About the joint - do you use a CA glue joint? I was thinking about stripping off a long piece (3" or so) of core on both ends and looping the two, then pulling through the butt end of the line. I would end up with a tag at the joint and a tag where the core is pulled through that I'd just snip off and seal with glue.
01-20-2003 06:22 PM

I checked Rio's website and the clouser line has a warmwater coating for line weights 7-9wt and a tropical coating on line weights above that. This line wouldn't seem ideal for GL steelheading, I know the warmwater flylines sometimes have alot of memory depending on the core, which might not be suited for the cold, GL conditions at times.

I have been looking at the Striped Bass lines and am going to pick one up for here. One is designed very unique. It features a heavy head that punches out large flies and tapers so you can add tips/heads if desired. I might put it on my 7wt spey and use it as an "adapted" flyline here.
01-19-2003 09:47 PM

It might be a task in itself. If I could not get it directly from sage, I might be able to contact a rep or a outfitter that sells them in my area.

Hal, I will try my best..... If we did get it, I would hope you wouldn't fall in love and hog the stick for the length of the would get brutal!
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