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Old 03-12-2005, 07:57 PM
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Sink Tip Line For River Smallmouth

I've enjoyed using my full sink Mastery line in stillwaters and am interested in getting a sink tip for river fishing. I have been considering S.A. 's "Streamer Express" and the "Wet Tip Express".
Is anyone using either of these S.A Lines? I want to purchase a new line for stream fishing and don't quite understand the concept of the Streamer Express. It has an intermediate running line which sounds good for stillwaters or pounding the banks from a moving boat but obviously would not mend very well for nymphing or dead drifting. I love to fish streamers but perhaps my original interest in this line is misplaced and I would be better served by using the Wet Tip Express. Anyone with experience who can offer positive or negative feedback on these lines?
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:43 AM
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I have a couple each of SA Mastery, Streamer Express, full sink, wet tip, etc.
What specifically is your question ?
Are you wading ? Fishing from a boat ?
How large is the river ? flow, cfs ? depth ?

Unless its a very large & deep river or you are fishing from a drift boat you probably don't want the streamer express. I love that line (streamer express) but use the wet tips.........not "wet tip express" the most by far for river smallies and pike in average flows and wading.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:24 PM
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Streamer Express

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Is this line specifically designed for moving water drifting as in drift boat, canoe etc.? I'm guessing that it sinks as soon as it hits the water. I'm also guessing that this type of presentation could also be made using weighted flies. What do you think? You mentioned that you really enjoyed using this line. Thanks for the input.
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I have the SA Wet Tip Express, and it's a great line that casts extremely well. I use it a lot for stream and pond/lake fishing of streamers and it does exactly what you need. It's also great for woolly buggers and nymphs, or really pretty much any flies you want to get down quickly in moderately shallow water. The streamer express has intermediate line in the middle so that you can strip the fly in without having it rise towards the surface too much.

So if you're looking for a strictly streamer line, then the Streamer Express would be a good choice. But if you're looking for a better all-around line, then I'd go for the wet tip express.
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Is this line specifically designed for moving water drifting as in drift boat, canoe etc.? I'm guessing that it sinks as soon as it hits the water. I'm also guessing that this type of presentation could also be made using weighted flies. What do you think? You mentioned that you really enjoyed using this line. Thanks for the input.

No, it's not. I also use it in lakes from my kayak's both casting and trolling. It's just that a 200 - 300 grain shooting head type sink tip will really get down. Because of this on smaller, less flow rivers you will be striping line as it goes down and accross. It is ideal for this. Put it this way if you don't have a Streamer Express yet, I would get one. Everyone who posts likes them. It is specific but you will like it greatly for that. B.T.W. like a shooting head you can cast a country mile with them but, with the handling belly it handles better.

For a regular sink tip you can always just loop on 12' of type 3 or 6 shooting taper material anyways.
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