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#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 9, 2018 4:04:11 PM(UTC)
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So, in buying a bunch of fly fishing stuff with a Cabela's gift card, I picked up a 7' airflo trout slow sink polyleader. I finally got it out for about 90 minutes last week and did some casting (I managed a couple follows and one take, which I missed, on a white zonker, but it was high noon with clear water).

Rigging:

9' 6wt st Croix pro graphite rod. Looped the leader onto my fly line (Cabela's three forks). Tied a surgeon's loop in the mono at the leader tip. Surgeon's looped a 20" piece of 8lb vanish for tippet. Put a snap on that because I'm lazy. I'll probably use a tippet ring in lieu of the loop in the future (I'm definitely getting at least one of the faster-sinking models) and do away with the snap.

Performance:

It seemed like I was managing more distance than with a normal leader. I assume it's the extra weight helping with loading. In the water it behaves as expected and I didn't have any trouble getting my zonker down near the bottom in some bank undercuts that I know are 6-7' deep if I cast to the top of then and let it swing in. That said, it also got down slowly enough that I didn't have any issues with snagging. I've seen other reviewers complain about issues with hinging, but the small amount of that I did experience was poor form on my part.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:08:12 PM(UTC)
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Continued analysis: this thing rolls great. The slow sink model sinks very slowly in still water (have to LTPS a long while to get it down). I'm pretty sure it'll produce some intense action with foam poppers without dragging them under on the pause. I bought a 10' Extra Super Fast Sink one for pond/lake fishing.


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#3 Posted : Monday, March 18, 2019 12:34:26 AM(UTC)
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I used to fish the floating ones quite a bit, but just got away from them in favor of traditional leaders. They are pretty sweet, though.
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#4 Posted : Monday, March 18, 2019 2:08:25 PM(UTC)
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Do the floating ones have the same heft and lack of memory as the sinkers? I could get into that.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:46:11 AM(UTC)
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Initially, they lacked the memory. Tack on 5-6' of tippet and you could get away using the floaters as a nymph rig...that said, they did get some memory after a while, especially if you tried to straighten them out. I use Rio leaders for just about everything now.
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