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Geoff 06-29-2003 08:39 PM

Sinking line- shooting head or full length?
hi guys,

i'm just looking to get a new line for some fishing where I will need a sinking line for fishing deep channels from shore. Not ever having used a shooting head system previously I was wondering if any of you could help enlighten me on making the choice between a shooting head and a full length sinking line. I think the main question I have is with regard to ease of use. Also- for shooting heads, what kind of running line is recommended and does anyone use heavy mono for the purpose? Since I probably won't use this line all that often would the the less expensive shooting head be a good option?

Thanks for your thoughts,


juro 06-29-2003 09:08 PM

What kind of water are you fishing (lakes, sea, river) and what species (flies, retrieves, rod weights, etc)?

Geoff 06-30-2003 11:05 AM

Hi Juro,

Actually I'm looking for a line for the upcoming RipTrip (july 11). I have a slow action 8/9 weight and know I will want to be casting clousers and the like. What would you recommend?



juro 06-30-2003 11:51 AM

Depending on your rod action, either the new Cortland 555 Quick Descent or the Rio 26' Deep Sea Density Comp. 350 grain striper line would be great choices.

Most believe it's best to get an intermediate running line permanently attached to the sinking head portion because the intermediate line slices waves better than a floating running line for straight on retrieving. A floater mends and manages better when swinging in currents, so I guess out there it's kind of a wash either way - but you only do a few rip trips, while the intermediate advantage applies to a multitude of situations thru the season. It's the better buy overall IMHO.

On the rip trip you won't use anything else but that line most likely, but for general striper fishing elsewhere you'll also do well to have a clear intermediate line as well.

juro 06-30-2003 11:52 AM

For the softer 8/9 a Cortland 444 Quick Descent line would work well, but the running line has been troublesome for me. The Rio 350 would be heavy, better for a 9/10 SW action flyrod.


Geoff 06-30-2003 12:15 PM

Thanks for your help Juro. I have a limited amount of time to prepare prior to departure next weekend and want to make sure I have the essentials. I plan to do some RipTrip archive homework tonight.

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