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  1. Need a new floating line this year. I know there are endless options and opinions but curious if there are any prevailing favorites.
  2. No prob, keep me posted. And definitely can throw floating lines. I cast a 9wt Flats Pro floating line and it was great, just a slower, more open casting stroke than a fast action rod.
  3. I just fished the SS 350 for a week and really enjoyed it. Most of the time I was fishing a WF9I that has a 330 grain head but also fished with an OBS S6 that's a 375 grain and a Rio Striper line with a 300 grain head. They all fished great but I found as I went up in line weight the more it made sense to water load rather than lots of false casting... Which makes sense that's what the rod and some of those lines are designed for. But I found it to be a very fun and versatile rod to fish and I'd feel comfortable fishing fishing anything from 275-425, all with slightly different approaches. Would love to hear how it goes with the lines you fish... let us know.
  4. Not sure what your budget is but I agree with Inshore about a Evolution LTX - probably my favorite reel right now... but pretty pricey. If you're looking for something less expensive, Lamson Liquid 3+ (previously the 1.5 model). Great, light little reel and not as noisy as a click/pawl.
  5. I have a Rio Striper sink tip that has an intermediate running line and an S6 head. Depending on what type of rod you have, the 250gr or 300gr would work well.
  6. I have a Lamson Liquid 1.5 that I got for $60 that I quite like. Not exactly budget but made in US and very reliable.
  7. I'm a decent caster and still get frustrated from casting from a kayak... especially if i'm trying to fish specific structure or set up a specific retrieve. I would recommend practicing casting on solid ground whenever you can. If you practice on the beaches you could even catch a schoolie or two in the process. What kind of rod do you have? Flies-n-plugs is right that if the line isn't loading the rod - especially with a large fly - it can be a nightmare. Those quickshooter lines have pretty heavy heads so you should be good, but depending on the rod model, it could still be an issue.
  8. Haha. I don't blame you. If you find away around it, please let me know! In the meantime, good luck on the search and try some heavier weighted flies.
  9. Interesting, I've never really had that problem with it, although I fish the 9wt and 10wt versions more often... They say they have the same sink rate but I'm not sure. I'm also often fishing very heavy flies when I'm using those lines... Maybe that's something you could try? Although, if you're bombing 90 ft casts out maybe that much intermediate line in the water creates more resistance in the water. In that case maybe you do want a full sink 6.
  10. Depends on how much current... If you're in relatively still water it'll definitely get down that deep. It sinks 6 inches per second you just want to count it down, 20 seconds for 10', 30 for 15', 40 for 20' etc. Are you fishing from the beach or boat? What are you targeting?
  11. Is the WF8 I/S6 line you already have a Rio Outbound Short? If so, that line is very heavy and gets down so fast the intermediate running line doesn't hold it up and awful lot. Even the Orvis Depth Charge which is suggested here has and intermediate running line with a 20' section of S3 in between. I used to use full sink lines but with these new integrated lines, they seem to work about the same. Just don't get one with a floating running line!
  12. I thought I was a pretty decent caster until I went to practice yesterday and the wind reminded me otherwise! Not a good day to practice with 12 ft leaders. Went out to cast a new 7wt Zone and really enjoyed it before the wind picked up. It's definitely more of a feel rod than a bomber and the Flats Pro I was casting on it might be a little heavy for it. RE: Recon - I had a 7wt Recon for a short time and didn't care for it. Just felt a little noodly to me. I have a 7wt Mangrove that I prefer. The Maverick sounds pretty great. And I just saw an 8wt Payload go for a $350 buy-it-now. That could be a great option as it's built for lines like OBS. So is the Exocett SS but those go for quite a bit more.
  13. To the OP: I have a 9 wt BVK that throws a 9wt OBS (375g) pretty perfectly. But an 8wt OBS is definitely trickier on an 8wt BVK, even though its a very fast rod. Not sure why. Maybe because the 9wt is a big jump up in their format and more similar to the 10wt. Either way, if you're fishing stripers, it's nice to have a 9wt. I've read great things about the T&T Zone and will be buying one before too long. A 9wt Zone might be a good rod for an 8wt OBS while also allowing you to fish 9wt lines for other situations you might find yourself in.
  14. I use both and like both but the shooting heads definitely lighten the workload for me. Especially when there's a lot of wind.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. Bucktail Clouser Synthetic Clouser SF Deceiver SF Surf Candy Gurgler
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Awesome. Thanks for the update. Curious what rod you're fishing it on?
  24. Nice to see the love for the Wulff lines. Will definitely check out. Thanks for the recommendations, guys.
  25. 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?