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Old 06-14-2002, 05:04 PM
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Great Lakes Steelhead Flylines

Well, just want to hear some different opionions on favorite lines that you guys use in the Great Lakes region with spey rods?

Our rivers in the Great Lakes region are generally smaller, tighter, and contain more obstacles than western steelhead streams. Although, there are exceptions with waterways like the St. Mary's river, Muskegon River, Big Manistee and Niagra River. Spey fishing has become popular in recent years, but many anglers perform double spey, single spey, and roll casts using european, fast action rods. This allows anglers to high stick nymph as well, yet use their rod in larger rivers and in the surf too.

I do alot of indicator nymphing with my spey rod, and a floating line is needed to nymph effectivly. A line that has a long belly is best, since it will allow better mending and roll casting when presenting the fly. Often, a long belly line such as a double taper will not have enough punch to cast indicators and splitshot. This lead to the I buy a DT line for mending, roll casting, and better presentation, or do I rely on a short head nymphing line that takes alot more effort to mend line and roll cast? I looked at the Windcutter but it had a long tapered head that intergrated into a longer belly, which allows to cast into the wind and punch, but has a harder time with casting splitshot and indidcators, and does not support enough belly to handle cross body roll casts. I looked at the steelhead/atlantic salmon flylines and I found one that was perfect. The RIO Atlanitc salmon/steelhead flyline. A friend of mine is a guide and gave me a casting demonstration to show how slick the line was. It has a head that is 85ft. long, and it is really thick up in front to punch with ease.

I also like Airflo's quick descent sinking lines that are very thin and cut through the water easily. I use them for throwing speys in rivers and also to get down deep in the surf.

Let me know what lines you guys use and why you like them.
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