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  1. I use both and like both but the shooting heads definitely lighten the workload for me. Especially when there's a lot of wind.
  2. Chiming in to agree with what most others are saying - shorter leader. And I'll add, while I hate buying new lines it sounds like the ideal line for the kind of fishing you're doing could be a flats line with a stealth tip. Rio makes one with a 6ft intermediate tip. I know that can effect picking up line when you cast and obviously that tip will be heavier than a 40 lb mono butt section BUT with that 6 foot tip, you could fish an 8 foot leader and have something similar to a 14 ft leader. BTW, I have no experience with this line, just pitching as a possible solution.
  3. I have this one as well. The main advantage it has over many others is that the basket rides a little lower than the belt strap, which gives a little more room for stripping. It sucks knocking your knuckles on the pegs during an aggressive strip so the extra room is nice.
  4. Low budget version: - AA Vise and tool kit - One 50 pack #2 saltwater hooks - One 50 pack #1/0 saltwater hooks - One pack med. or large dumbell eyes - One multi color pack bucktail (8 pieces) - A few spools of 210 denier Ultra Thread (white and/or flo orange) You can get all of these things on that big auction site for around $50 and tie 100 flatwings and clousers in various colors and styles. Then you could branch out from there if you enjoy it. Bigger budget version: - Griffin Odyssey Spider - Loon or Dr. Slick fly tying tool kit - 5 packs saltwater hooks in size 4-2/0 (or whatever you fish) - Several packs dumbell eyes - Bucktail in various colors - Craft Fur in various colors - Fishair in various colors - Strung Saddle hackle in various colors - Crystal Flash and or Flashabou in a few colors - UV Epoxy Kit - Several spools 210 denier Ultra Thread in various colors This will probably run you somewhere between $200-$300 but this is what I've tied over 1000 salt flies with (although I just upgraded to a Renzetti Traveler this year!). You can tie all sorts of flatwings, clousers, decievers, surf candies in all variations of naturals, synthetics, and colors. Also, one thing I haven't seen mentioned is how great Youtube is for fly tying videos. InTheRiffle is one of the best. Orvis, Trident, FlyFishFood are good too. I'm sure other guys on here have some great favorites as well. I'm sure I left out a bunch, but I hope this helps!
  5. Personally I mostly use bucktail for more natural colors like olive/white, blue/white and yellow/white. And use SF or Fishair for brighter flies with built in shine like chartruese/white, silver/white, etc. I do have some shrimp and crab type Clousers tied with more drab colors of craft fur, however. That's just the way I do it based on the little success I've had. I'm sure there are much more experienced guys on here that have more tried and true approaches and systems.
  6. Bucktail Clouser Synthetic Clouser SF Deceiver SF Surf Candy Gurgler
  7. These are some awesome tips, thank you. I'm definitely going to put in my topwater time this year. Thanks everyone for the continued line suggestions. Going to get my hands on a Wulff BTT and then keep my eye out for the Airflo Striper, SA Titan and Rio Striper lines to maybe give a try. Now I just need to see if it's even possible to make it to the east coast for the summer... sigh...
  8. BrokeOff: You're right about the Zone action. They call it fast but it's not quite as fast as those other rods. And I fish OBS sinking on a BVK which is even faster. stormy & JonC: Well, that confirms Wulff BTT will be one of my purchases. Maybe I'll get the 8wt and try it on a few different rods. FishHawk: I hear you on losing confidence. I had an SA Sonar 8wt. snap in the middle while using 20lb tippet. Really soured me on their lines for a while, but I'm sure it was a fluke and I should give them a chance again. I won't mind revisiting, especially when they're on sale. slip: Awesome pics. I feel like I'm missing out on one of the most fun ways to catch my favorite fish. Part of it is that I'm usually only there in the summer and rarely able to fish at night. The other part is the guy who taught me to fish stripers was all sinking lines and sinking flies - which can be very effective, but also too narrow of a scope. Ready to branch out this year. Thanks for the encouragement.
  9. Thanks! Yeah, I never do as well, which is why I need to buy one - want to try some surface fishing at night this year. Will be avoiding those two lines though. Thanks for the heads up. Cool. I'll probably be fishing on a T&T Zone so will compare the actions and see if it would be a similarly good match. Thanks again.
  10. Awesome. Thanks for the update. Curious what rod you're fishing it on?
  11. Nice to see the love for the Wulff lines. Will definitely check out. Thanks for the recommendations, guys.
  12. Thanks for the rec. I get a little confused by the different model/texture options with SA... I know it's mostly personal preference but do you fish the Mastery, Amplitude or Sharkwave version?
  13. Nice. Yeah, I've fished the Rio Bonefish in lighter weights and liked them. And I have an 8wt Bonefish Ridge that has a heavier head and casts well. I ended up in some cooler weather situations where they firmed up and became pretty miserable to cast so I'm hoping to find something that can be pretty weather versatile. Would love for you to follow up on that Striper Ridge if you don't mind. I like the looks of it and sounds like it's designed for the cold. And, yes, I'll probably end up getting two or three lines for a few different rod weights/actions... while doing my best not to over purchase, which I'm always in danger of doing. Thanks for the reply!
  14. Need a new floating line this year. I know there are endless options and opinions but curious if there are any prevailing favorites.
  15. I saw a few people suggest SA Sonar and I'm sure it works fine. Seemed to me the consensus was FULL SINK and 400gr+ which sounds right to me. The tricky thing with floating running line in heavy current is it creates a hinge point so when the line straightens out, its more likely to pull that sink tip towards the surface rather than keeping it down. It's not the end of the world, but it can work against you a little.