Jealous....Hopefully I'm getting my kingpin on Tue. The big question is what main line to use. Any ideas. Thanks Tyler
I have been using Raven mainline for years with great results. I fish 12lb high vis, good stuff.
Personally I like braided lines such as power pro or tuff line in the 18-20 pound class...it floats, mends extremely easy and on long drifts enables solid hook set due to the fact there is virtually no stretch allowing for a solid set. Plus because of its very thin diameter it also slows for less weights to keep your offering down. I would back the reel with 125-150 yards of 20-30# backing and finish spooling it with the braided line (200 - 300 yards of 18-20 pound line)......then at the end of the main line I would put a section of 12-14' of 8-10# mono attached to the end of the braided line with a double uni knot. It is on this section that you will place your bobber and split shots. The reason I do this is that the bobber performs better on mono than the braided line (if you get too crazy on setting the hook, sometimes you will rip the plastic tubing with the thin diameter braided lines. Then I would place a swivel (micro) and the a section 18" to however long you wish to you jig or what have you....That's the system that has served me well....John GarrettGorge Fly Shop
Like everything in fishing, tinkering with gear and customizing your personal setup is half the fun. Although I agree on the attributes of braid, I like floating mono and here's why: It floats well, has great visiblity, and it has some stretch. When my fingers are frozen stiff and I have to fight a powerful fish, I like the extra give of mono. Of course, you have to set the hook aggressively (especially at a distance) to compensate for the stretch. Also, be sure to spool it on nice and tight so that the running line doesn't "cut" into the spool on big hook sets. I back my reel with 20lb Maxima Ultragreen and attach 200-250yds Siglon 12 lb. floating mono with a blood knot secured with UV Knotsense. For the business end, I use a micro swivel to attach a leader of 12lb FC Super Sniper. Length depends on where I'm fishing. From there, a micro swivel to my 10 lb. tippet and fly.
Great feedback guys. - GFS Team
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