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John Putnam

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I have a few questions on which Gaelforce lines are best for tips and under what conditions. Most of my fishing is west coast, primarily Northern CA and Southern Oregon with a couple of trips to Skeena country each year. I have primarily been using Skagit, FIST and Scandi lines, but have recently been using NC WA and SHF as well. I am looking to try longer lines that will also let me get down as needed in the water column for winter steelhead (if feasible). I know in BC/Skeena a longer line with light/medium/heavy density polys will work fine much of the time as the it is not necessary to fish deep, but wonder if the same approach will work on the coastal and inland winter rivers that I fish most of the time. Most of the time it seems we are hucking 10-14' of T-14. I know there are places/runs where a Skagit and T-14/T-17 work best, but wonder if I am missing opportunities to fish longer lines in other winter situations but still with the ability to fishing deep enough in the water column to entice a winter steelhead. 

Equalizer Spey Lines 54 and 63: can you use a tip and if so how long/heavy or leave these lines primarily for floating line work?

Extended Spey Head (EES): I like the length, but will they work well with tips for winter fishing and if so limit to 10' or 15' tips? Can you use anything approaching T-11 type sink rates or ?

EEMT: These come with various 15' tips. I assume you would just add your tippet to these tips and not add short polys (e.g. 5-6' Airflo poly, is that correct?

EDT: can you add a tip (e.g. 5-6' Airflo poly) to the triple density lines or just mono/fluro?

I'll certainly call the shop as well, but was just hoping for some feedback especially given where I will be fishing for winter steelhead.

Thanks and happy holidays!
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My thoughts are as follows:

1.Equalizer Spey Lines 54 and 63: can you use a tip and if so how long/heavy or leave these lines primarily for floating line work.

1.For the 54 and 63 lines (and also for the 70, 73, and 83) one can fish all but the heaviest Poly leaders right off the tip. For real sinktip fishing we recommend chopping the line 15' from the front end and welding a loop. Any normal sinktips will work fine. If one wants to get crazy on extra heavy or extra long sinktips please see my rule of thumb on No. 3.

2.Extended Spey Head (EES): I like the length, but will they work well with tips for winter fishing and if so limit to 10' or 15' tips? Can you use anything approaching T-11 type sink rates or ?

2.Same answer as No.1. one can fish all but the heaviest Poly leaders right off the tip. For real sinktip fishing we recommend chopping the line 15' from the front end and welding a loop.

3.EEMT: These come with various 15' tips. I assume you would just add your tippet to these tips and not add short polys (e.g. 5-6' Airflo poly, is that correct?

3.The EMT and EEMT are general purpose sinktip lines in a head format. One can add short poly leaders if one wants. My rule of thumb is "if the caster can huck it then it is right"

4.EDT: can you add a tip (e.g. 5-6' Airflo poly) to the triple density lines or just mono/fluro?

4.Same rule of thumb as No.3  "if the caster can huck it then it is right"

 

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Thanks Poppy. For west coast winter steelhead fishing it sounds like the EEMT and EDT might be good options to try. Which weights would you recommend for the following rods:

Burkheimer 9135:
ESL
EES
EEMT
EDT

Burkheimer 9145:
ESL
EES
EEMT
EDT

Meiser CX 14' Eve 7/8/9
ESL
EES
EEMT
EDT

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Poppy Cummins

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These are where I would start and should get one in the ballpark.

Burkheimer 9135:

ESL---54=10/11, 63=9/10
EES---#9
EEMT---9/10
EDT---9/10

Burkheimer 9145:
ESL---54=10/11, 63=9/10
EES---#9
EEMT---9/10
EDT---9/10

 

Meiser CX 14' Eve 7/8/9
ESL---54=9/10, 63=8/9
EES---N/A
EEMT---8/9
EDT---8/9

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Thanks Poppy!
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