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Lines for Saltwater
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:20:23 AM »
Looking to do some SWFF for bass, mullet, etc in UK waters.
I know that fishing in warm waters for bonefish, tarpon etc requires a specialist (warm) saltwater line, but I'm told that provided the line has the right profile, ie WF with a mid-longish head/belly, that will turn-over heavy flies and shoot well, then you can use a conventional floating, sink-tip or intermediate line.
Has anyone tried using any of the Barrio lines for SWFF in the UK? Any thoughts, views etc on whether (and if so which one) they would be suitable.
My rod is a saltwater, 9ft, fast action #8

Rob Brownfield

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 13:19:18 PM »
I believe some have used the SLX and I should think it would make a good line, especially in Olive for the Mullet. Excellent lines indeed.

I use the Airflo Cold Saltwater Striper lines myself. Several reasons but the main one is the much harder coating which is useful on rocks and sand. i use the floating and intermediates.

Airflo also do a Cold Saltwater 40+ line. I use this in Di7 and 9 for getting down deep and fast for Pollock.

I also have a couple of Rio Outbounds but I have retired them due to the cost and risk of damage on the rocks.

I have to say, for fishing up here, I fish intermediates and full sinkers buy far the most. The floater comes out once in a blue moon and hence I dont use an SLX, although I will be getting a 7 weight for chucking baitfish patterns at estuary seatroput next year.SLX
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

marks

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2014, 15:50:19 PM »
Thanks for this Rob
I (mainly) fish estuaries on the East Coast (Suffolk) - wading creeks / channels on a rising tide where the water is pretty shallow. I think a floating line will probably do me and if I need to I can always use poly-leaders to vary the depth. Were I to get access to a boat however, that might be the time to start thinking about getting down deep and dirty

Marc Fauvet

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 11:06:30 AM »
as long as the water and air temps aren't high they'll all be fine. you should be ok  :z16
as an extreme opposite example, Mike's lines really don't like the high temps and humidity i found when i used them in Malaysia but then Scotland isn't Malaysia...  :z4

Steven Sinclair

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 12:49:08 PM »
I find the Slx is fishable first thing in the morning Marc but at any other time you are quite right.

What were you fishing for when you were over? I'm no longer in Malaysia but next door in Singapore so the conditions are much the same.

Marc Fauvet

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 16:23:37 PM »
pacu and masheer. the lines did quite well in the mountain tops of Sabah fishing for masheer but those pacu ponds around Kuala Lumpur where hell.
twas like trying to cast over-cooked and super-sticky spaghetti !  :z4 :z4 :z4

Rob Brownfield

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2014, 07:33:26 AM »
Thanks for this Rob
I (mainly) fish estuaries on the East Coast (Suffolk) - wading creeks / channels on a rising tide where the water is pretty shallow. I think a floating line will probably do me and if I need to I can always use poly-leaders to vary the depth. Were I to get access to a boat however, that might be the time to start thinking about getting down deep and dirty

Then the SLX would be perfect. I have a 4 and a 5 for river fishing and they are great for shooting a line qucikly if you see a fish. I have fished a few waters in Norfolk for Mullet and Bass (my folks stay that way) and back then I was using a Cortland 444 floater. The SLX would ave been better and more able to carry the flies I wanted to use.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Rob Brownfield

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 07:40:18 AM »
pacu and masheer. the lines did quite well in the mountain tops of Sabah fishing for masheer

Used to catch baby Masheer and keep them in a 6ft aquarium in the carport of my house. Beautiful fish. I could have made a fortune exporting them to the aquarium trade..lol.

Never had the chance to fish for the bigger ones and back then I had not discovered fly fishing so used to "spin" a 2-3" piece of bacon rind back through the water. Great fun indeed.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Marc Fauvet

Re: Lines for Saltwater
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 09:14:07 AM »
yup, they sure are beautiful. even the wee ones...  :z4



 




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