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    Default Need fly line recommendations for Christmas

    I've got a Cabela's 8-wt I just got for reds and silvers and a Sage 5-wt for rainbows and grayling and I'm looking to upgrade the fly lines to something suitable. Any and all help greatly appreciated!

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    I'm not a fan of sink tips, so for the 8 I'd get a Rio Outbound Short floater. Just a dynamite line for wind, big flies or weight. For the 5 I'd get a Rio Intouch Perception WF5F. Airflo and SciAng make some good lines too, but I'm more familiar with the Rio offerings.

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    Its a very broad issue with a lot of missing information. Most importantly, what is the action of the rods? A line suitable for a fast or ultra fast action rod will not perform as well on a slow action rod. Depending on the rod you are using, your abilities as a caster, and what you are trying to achieve with the line, a line that works well for another fisherman may be awful for you. The pro staff at a small fly shop may be best able to answer your question.

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    Steve brings up some good points. But at face value I wouldn't put anything spendy on that 8wt if all your plan to do is plunk the water with it. For your 5wt I would decide what you want/like and then see what's out there, but Rio, Airflo and 3M lines all have worked really well for me. Picking a line is every bit as complex as picking a rod........

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    Thanks for the input. I'd like to graduate from just "plunking the water" with the 8-wt, and figure if I can get decent line on it, that'll help me upgrade my skillset a bit. Hoping this old dog can learn some new tricks. See ya, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Hate to sound like a broken record so sorry up front Teeny Lines are in the mix as well if you talking anything sinking Jim basically invented the system or as a min perfected it as well as many innovations in that area of fly fishing. I switched to a few of his lines his long shot and LaFontaine lend to my casting styles and everyone in the market has copied his Sinking lines. Give him a shout or check out his web site and see if there is a line that you think could help you. http://www.jimteeny.com/products/ Jim has the least budget for advertising but still has a great series of fly lines.

    Here are links to other Manufactures as well: http://www.airflofishing.com/ Of Course Steve is the man and it is a great web site.

    Georges Site: http://www.rioproducts.com/fly-lines/ and 3M is now owned by Orvis :http://www.scientificanglers.com/ http://www.orvis.com/

    http://www.cortlandline.com/



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    For an overall line, can't go wrong with the Rio Gold or Grand or the Scientific Anglers GPX/MPX. If you're thinking you'll use the 5 wt for some dry fly fishing for trout grayling, go with the Rio Gold or look at the SA Trout. For the 8 wt, consider the SA Steelhead/Anadro and Rio Power Fly or Salmo/Steelhead. Also, if it's a fairly fast action fly rod, don't be afraid to line up a size (6 wt line on the 5 wt and 9 wt line on the 8 wt), especially if you're going to be fishing mostly short to mid distance.

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