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Suggestions for Compact Head Intermediate

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Looking for some suggestions for a short head intermediate line for a 7wt. I currently have a 7wt OBS floater in 265 grn. This is for boat fishing so most casts are 60' and under. Before I pulled the trigger on the OBS intermediate, I thought I would see what other options are out there.

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Might take a look at the Cortland Compact Intermediate if you are ok with a floating running line.

SF

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I'm assuming full intermediate not a floating running & intermediate head.

 

Cortland 444 Intermediate - 32ft head

Wulff Intermediate  - 30ft head 

 

Be careful with the head weights - all 7wt fly lines are not the same.

 

Wulff Inter 7wt - 30ft head = 225gr

Cortland 444 Inter = 7wt = 185gr

Cortland Compact Intermediate  6/7wt = 26ft head = 240gr,  7/8 = 275gr

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7 hours ago, Stonefish said:

Might take a look at the Cortland Compact Intermediate if you are ok with a floating running line.

SF

Yea thats one that I was considering. Never used a line with a sub 30' head but I'm sure I can get used to it. Floating running line is fine. Im not fishing in strong currents.

23 mins ago, gman1253 said:

I'm assuming full intermediate not a floating running & intermediate head.

 

Cortland 444 Intermediate - 32ft head

Wulff Intermediate  - 30ft head 

 

Be careful with the head weights - all 7wt fly lines are not the same.

 

Wulff Inter 7wt - 30ft head = 225gr

Cortland 444 Inter = 7wt = 185gr

Cortland Compact Intermediate  6/7wt = 26ft head = 240gr,  7/8 = 275gr

Agree on the different head weights. The OBS short Im using is 265gr so I know I want something very close to that. I'll have to check out Wulff lines..never tried anything from them before.

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30 mins ago, Surfinator said:

Yea thats one that I was considering. Never used a line with a sub 30' head but I'm sure I can get used to it. Floating running line is fine. Im not fishing in strong currents.

Agree on the different head weights. The OBS short Im using is 265gr so I know I want something very close to that. I'll have to check out Wulff lines..never tried anything from them before.

Wulff has a greenish & a clear itermediate.

 

You can also look at the SA Sonar lines -- the Titans are:

 

WF7/I = 33.5 head - 240gr

WF8/I = 33.5 head = 280 gr

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Narrowed it down to the Compact Intermediate and the Striped Bass Intermediate. The compact in 7/8 is a little over the 265gr with a 26' head. Striped bass is in 8 is exactly 265 with a 31' head. I think I'd like to try the compact but on paper it seems like it would be too much. 

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On 9/23/2022 at 0:51 PM, Surfinator said:

Narrowed it down to the Compact Intermediate and the Striped Bass Intermediate. The compact in 7/8 is a little over the 265gr with a 26' head. Striped bass is in 8 is exactly 265 with a 31' head. I think I'd like to try the compact but on paper it seems like it would be too much. 

There's always Wulff Ambush too..... super short head.

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Rio Coastal Quickshooter.

 

"RIO's Coastal Quickshooter line features a clear intermediate head, and is designed specifically for anglers fly fishing off the coast in cooler conditions. The line features a short front taper that has no problem turning over baitfish and shrimp patterns in typical coastal winds, and has a short, easy casting head to help the rod load at close range."

 

Best of luck.

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