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Liam Stephen

Early Season Line/Leaders
« on: February 05, 2016, 15:14:45 PM »
I will be fishing the Don for salmon early doors, Feb-March (killing time til the trout season)  :wink. What would the best poly-leader to use on the following; full floating line and a fast intermediate line??  :z8

I'll be using small flies and am not using a double hander if that helps any!  :z16

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Hamish Young

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 15:41:04 PM »
Liam you'd be as well using the full range bar the floating poly-leader which I have yet to find a use for outside of teaching.
I'd pick up a full set (maybe without the intermediate, although that does have its uses) and adjust the poly-leader to the speed and depth of the water and where you want the fly to fish, there is no optimal choice of poly-leader or quick solution IMHO.
Don't be tempted by trying to shift overly long poly-leaders, that can be a challenge on a single-hander which I'm guessing is the rod you've got in mind :? Which fly line(s) do you plan on using :?

H :cool:
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Liam Stephen

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2016, 15:59:10 PM »
Hamish great reply thanks for that!  :z16

I've already got a couple of Poly leaders, slow sink and fast sink but will add a couple more. It's the 5ft ones I've got.... What would you say is the better length 5 or 10ft??

Rod is going to be the 686 and line is a SLX  (not a typical set up but I like to be different) :z16
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Liam Stephen

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2016, 16:03:41 PM »
My current intermediate is an airflo sixth sense. Although I may order the SLXi for the occasion as I feel it might be useful  :z16
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Hamish Young

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 17:00:37 PM »
Hamish great reply thanks for that!  :z16

No bother  :z16

I've already got a couple of Poly leaders, slow sink and fast sink but will add a couple more. It's the 5ft ones I've got.... What would you say is the better length 5 or 10ft??

The SLX is the right line for the job, as it happens I use 6ft Rio Spey Versileaders and that's something you should keep an eye on - the breaking strain/rating of your polyleaders.
Personally I would not go as long as 10ft, and heavy works for me.

Rod is going to be the 686 and line is a SLX  (not a typical set up but I like to be different) :z16

That'll certainly be different :!

My current intermediate is an airflo sixth sense. Although I may order the SLXi for the occasion as I feel it might be useful  :z16

Order the SLXi - go for the quick one.

An alternative (not as an intermediate) would be to make up your own custom shooting head/skagit type line. Now that would be interesting.......

H :cool:
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Liam Stephen

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 17:41:40 PM »
I'll have a look for the Rio ones in the local tackle shop, failing that I'll go for the airflo 5ft ones to tide me over.

Tbh honest I'm looking forward to getting out on the river with it! The SLX is awesome on the rod so the SLXi should be juat as  good.

I don't think I have the no how for chopping lines to suit..... It all seems very technical  :z4

 :z18
Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Hamish Young

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 20:16:16 PM »
I don't think I have the no how for chopping lines to suit..... It all seems very technical  :z4

It's easy :wink If I can do it then anyone can - would a small piece on how to do it be useful for the forum :?

H :cool:
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Liam Stephen

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 20:55:37 PM »
I'd say so Hamish I will give it a go if it looks like I will manage it!  :z16

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Jeff Donovan

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2016, 22:44:09 PM »
It's easy :wink If I can do it then anyone can - would a small piece on how to do it be useful for the forum :?
H :cool:

It's what forums are all about, any information is always appreciated.  :z16  :X3
Close to the edge down by the river..........

Hamish Young

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2016, 07:48:00 AM »
I'll see what I can do, have started putting some thoughts down already :wink
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Marc Fauvet

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2016, 09:54:01 AM »
would a small piece on how to do it be useful for the forum :?



yes !  :z16

Hamish Young

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2016, 10:05:07 AM »
yes !  :z16
I am writing it now........  :wink
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Hamish Young

“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Rob Brownfield

Re: Early Season Line/Leaders
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2016, 08:16:12 AM »
I will be fishing the Don for salmon early doors, Feb-March (killing time til the trout season)  :wink. What would the best poly-leader to use on the following; full floating line and a fast intermediate line??  :z8

I'll be using small flies and am not using a double hander if that helps any!  :z16

Liam

Have you not got a Switch rod?

I had been using a 9 weight 12' 6" double hander for the Don round Kemney, but found I was having more fun with an 11 foot Switch. With that I was using fast sink 10 foot Polyleaders with a 1 3/4" copper tube. That seemed about right and I would occasionally clip the bottom.

However, I did have a couple of trips with a 7 weight single handed rod and big Sunray Shadows, casting square with a fast sink line and stripping. Had one of two thumps, but ne fish...but it was fun :)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

 




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