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#12711902 - 04/11/18 10:15 AM Sink leader on a floating line?
Ft.Worth.Fisherman Offline
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Anyone fished this setup? I will be targeting smallmouth on a crayfish pattern and thought about giving it a try. Just curious what you guys thought.

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#12711906 - 04/11/18 10:18 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
Floon Swenson Online   content
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Sure, it can work great.

What kind of water are you going to be on?

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#12711928 - 04/11/18 10:35 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
joabsher Offline
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I have used them and have had success with them. The faster sinking ones seem to be more difficult to cast, but they can be very successful.
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#12711935 - 04/11/18 10:39 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Floon Swenson]
Ft.Worth.Fisherman Offline
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I will be on the buffalo river in Arkansas. Just wondering if it is even necessary or if I should just let the crayfish sink slow.

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#12711938 - 04/11/18 10:41 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: joabsher]
MassAction Online   content
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Originally Posted By: joabsher
I have used them and have had success with them. The faster sinking ones seem to be more difficult to cast, but they can be very successful.


I'll echo this. I used Rio's versa leader for hill country white bass and it works really well, but don't expect to drop dimes from 80 feet away. It's basically a lob, pray, and plop game because the heavier leader creates a wicked hinge point. It's one time where you will want to open up your cast and form a big open loop.

Rio's Versileader works well for me and are available in a good variety of weights.

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#12711943 - 04/11/18 10:43 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
MassAction Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Ft.Worth.Fisherman
I will be on the buffalo river in Arkansas. Just wondering if it is even necessary or if I should just let the crayfish sink slow.


It can't hurt to keep a couple in your bag. If the flow rates increase in the river you're fishing, simply relying on the weight of the fly to sink may not be enough.

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#12712036 - 04/11/18 11:39 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
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An all fluorocarbon leader will sink and won't cause any additional casting issues over and above an equivalent sized nylon leader. A fluorocarbon leader offers a mid point between using a floating nylon leader and going with a harder to cast sinking leader. I'd tie up a few fluorocarbon leaders just in case they offer enough sinking action.

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#12712043 - 04/11/18 11:42 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: MassAction]
Floon Swenson Online   content
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Originally Posted By: MassAction
Originally Posted By: Ft.Worth.Fisherman
I will be on the buffalo river in Arkansas. Just wondering if it is even necessary or if I should just let the crayfish sink slow.


It can't hurt to keep a couple in your bag. If the flow rates increase in the river you're fishing, simply relying on the weight of the fly to sink may not be enough.


That's what I was thinking about, the flow rate. If you're in faster water, they can really be useful. That said, the Buffalo isn't exactly a ripping river, but I can think of a few places there that I might put one on. I always carry a couple with me just in case.

I don't know if you've ever floated the Buffalo before, but if you haven't, know you're in for a great trip. That river is absolutely stunning.

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#12712057 - 04/11/18 11:56 AM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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They work. A line that is actually designed as a sink tip is a better option.
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#12712202 - 04/11/18 01:46 PM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
Glitchmo Offline
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I keep a couple in my bag. They work for sure in certain circumstances, and they take up like no space and aren't expensive.

Carrying multiple spools/lines is probably better, but also a lot more trouble and expense.

The orvis poly leaders come in different lengths and sink rates, and they're like ten-fifteen bucks each I think.


Edited by Glitchmo (04/11/18 01:47 PM)

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#12712359 - 04/11/18 03:28 PM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
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I use a 5ft Airflow fast sinking, then tie on about a 4ft or 5ft fluro. (Invisx).
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#12712443 - 04/11/18 04:36 PM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
ZachW Offline
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Registered: 04/29/14
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I like them and find it way easier to cast a sinking leader than a heavy fly, especially if I'm putting on split shot.

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#12713625 - 04/12/18 01:10 PM Re: Sink leader on a floating line? [Re: Ft.Worth.Fisherman]
Linecaster Offline
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Loc: Richardson TX
This situation appears to be Ideal for the Micro Skagit application with sink tips. That method of casting is so ideal for big flies and sink tips.
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