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Old 04-20-2018, 11:06 AM   #1
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Sinking Fly Line

Looking for suggestions on sinking fly line for pond fishing. Avid fly fisherman but never used a sinking line.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:24 PM   #2
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I used to do a lot of still water fishing in England and always had two a medium sinker and a fast sinker. It would depend on the water I was fishing and any hatches that were going on. To be honest the fast sinker was only ever used with a patttern like a booby. All this said it was over twenty years ago and ideas and fashions do change. I still have all of my flies from back home and as I retired a few weeks ago I am fully intending to get back into fly fishing again.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:35 PM   #3
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If you are going to be fishing ponds I would recommend a full sinking line.

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A full sinking intermediate line is the most common fly line for fishing lakes and ponds. The entire line will sink at a rate of 1/2 inch to 1 ˝ half inches per second. Since the entire length of the line sinks, it will retrieve (fish) the same way. Once you have started the retrieve the line and flies will stop sinking and will ‘hover’ in that column of water, giving your fly more time in the prime feeding zone.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:22 PM   #4
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I gravitate between two lines, depending on what the fish are doing. If they are up and feeding in the top few feet then a clear intermediate Type 2 is the ticket. If they're just being ornery brookies and hanging a foot off the bottom then a Type 5 full sink is required. It's that or dynamite...
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:18 AM   #5
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I gravitate between two lines, depending on what the fish are doing. If they are up and feeding in the top few feet then a clear intermediate Type 2 is the ticket. If they're just being ornery brookies and hanging a foot off the bottom then a Type 5 full sink is required. It's that or dynamite...
My dear old dad recommended a mills bomb , but he was a Londoner and had never cast a fly
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:38 AM   #6
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75% of my lake Brookie fishing is done with a (Type 1) Intermediate line. Depending on your retrieve speed, it fishes well down to about 6 ft. I use multiple flies. If I'm using 3 flies; I find I can easily get down to 8-10 ft with a 12 ft leader and a weighted point fly.

For deeper fishing, I carry a Type 2 full sink. I also carry a Type 3 full sink which I have yet to use.

As much as I like the Cortland camo lines, I opt towards the Sci Anglers as they have a slightly slower sink rate.
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:54 AM   #7
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Airflo lines. Try them. You'll never fish any other stillwater line again.
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