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MetalAndFeathers

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Line suggestions for multi-use
« on: April 20, 2017, 11:02:07 AM »

I picked up a new 8wt SH to use for this years salmon season and for more in the future and I need a good quality line for it.
 I will be fishing in both saltwater and fresh water mainly for casting and stripping with a light sink tip off beaches like Furry creek and frog water for coho. I will also use it for swinging steelhead in smaller runs and such. Ill need a line that i can use multiple sink tips on and Im willing to spend between 60-110$

any suggestions?
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 12:33:13 PM »

I'm also curious about this.  I have heard the rio outbound short suggested before.
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 07:30:48 PM »

Wulff Ambush Triangle Taper.........the only multi purpose line that I ever needed to use for a SH, I use it on the beach for SRC, swing for salmon/steelhead on tight streams, works well
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 08:48:49 AM »

There are a lot of good choices so talk to a quality tackle retailer. Personally I have been using Rio Versatip lines, Outbound Saltwater and Airflo 40+ for some years. I prefer shorter heads with quick back taper not the gradual taper you see more often with 'distance' lines (like my OUtbound) but that's a personal preference. Also remember versa-leaders on a WF floating line is cheaper and just as effective. You don't have to sink you fly that deep when beach fishing or for coho in our local streams.
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 10:30:20 AM »

I think I will be buy a rio outbound short but that leads me to my next question, Can I use a freshwater line in saltwater? will it be fine after hard use in saltwater then used in freshwater?
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 05:43:43 PM »

it should be fine. You can ask a good tackle dealer owever the main difference between the Outbound short and Saltwater is the length of the head.
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2017, 07:22:36 AM »

I think I will be buy a rio outbound short but that leads me to my next question, Can I use a freshwater line in saltwater? will it be fine after hard use in saltwater then used in freshwater?
Just rinse your line and it'll be fine.  Should rinse them anywhere.

Often the saltwater flyrics lines as well (unless you get the Coldwater series) are designed for tropical temperatures so they do not melt.
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2017, 09:27:48 AM »

Again inquire about the specific line. Saltwater tropical lines may get a little stiff & perhaps coil (display memory) in cold water and air temperatures. They may be ok in warmer seasons up here. Some saltwater lines are general use - should be good either here or down south.

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Looks like Rio lists the Outbound Short in both Saltwater and Freshwater categories - so likely no worries. You might also consider their General Purpose Coldwater line. The In Touch Striper floating line also comes in a WF8 and has a traditional WF taper with a short head. That would make it a versatile line.
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 05:06:54 PM »

Scientific Anglers offers a nice summary of Freshwater vs Saltwater flylines:

https://www.scientificanglers.com/freshwater-lines-vs-saltwater-lines/
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Re: Line suggestions for multi-use
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2017, 10:19:14 PM »

In my experience the freshwater outbound short doesn't hold up that well in saltwater. I'd recomend the Coldwater In Touch Outbound Short its what I use for tossing big flies in the salt and swinging for Steelhead and Salmon . You can fish polyleaders off the end no problem and it roll/spey casts well in tight quarters on the river. Number one thing I can't stress enough with saltwater fishing is to clean the line after every day. It really makes a big difference if you want to cast far easily. Your line will also last way longer.
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