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robow7 03-04-2004 11:02 PM

Favorite Pike tapered fly lines?
Well, now that we've hit on favorite fly rods, and leaders, for pike, what is your favorite fly line?

Dble Haul 03-05-2004 08:00 AM

I'm not particular to any specific brand because I've used several and liked most of them. For me, it has to be a weight forward taper to help turn over the large and sometimes wind resistant flies. IMO shooting head systems are overkill, although I've seen a few used for this type of fishing. There is at least one pike specific fly line out there (perhaps SA) with a short and heavy front taper, but I've had no problems with conventional weight forward lines.

robow7 03-05-2004 08:24 AM

Mark, I think you're right and everybody is jumping on the specialty fly line wagon. I noticed even RIO has a Pike/Musky taper this year along with SA/Mastery. I was once told that Cortland 333 makes for a fine pike taper as it was originally designed with the beginning caster in mind and hence is really loaded up front.

peter-s-c 03-05-2004 09:24 AM

I use the Cortland pike taper. One advantage of the short bellied pike lines, you can usually go up one weight and get the benefits of the greater turnover on a lighter rod.

FrenchCreek 03-05-2004 10:50 AM

A good slick shooting WF has worked for me for the past 10 years. I seldom need a cast beyond 60 feet, unless I am targeting a specific hole in the weeds. I find the lines recently developped are catching more of us than pike! I often buy "sale" item lines, like discontinued lines (usually the packaging changed Vs. the line itself). At $35. a pop, I can afford to change lines every year.
He who does not clean and dress the line regularly will not have a slick shooting line. More so when fishing stillwaters!

peter-s-c 03-05-2004 01:08 PM

Forgot to mention, I also use the SA Headstart line - a pike taper by any other name at just over half the cost.

flytyer 03-05-2004 05:10 PM

When I lived in Montana and fished for pike in the Flathead Valley, I used a ST9F that I cut 3 feet off from the front end of to promote turnover of the big flies. It was much easier to cast 70+ ft with it than a full-length line and I could keep a fly moving through the "zone" for a longer period of time with the long casts.

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