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Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby Nick » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:43 pm

Hello, I'm looking for some advice on a fly line to use when big drum and sharks are around Cape Lookout in fall. I have a 11wht and 12 wht fly rod and I think I may need a 450 grain to a 600 grain line. Or do I need a heavier grain line like a 650 grain. Any help anyone can give me on a type line and grain to use I would appreciate it.

Also when fishing behind the trawlers should I use a intermediate line or should I be using a sinking line. Or should I be using a heavier rod like a 11 wht and a 500 grain line. Thanks again...

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Re: Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby bhorsley » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:04 pm

I keep two set up for reds--one 11/12 wt with 500 to 750 grain sink tip and the other a 10 wt with a 400 grain sink tip. The 400 grain RIO Leviathan you can cast like a intermediate on a 10 wt. I use that set up when they are on top chasing stuff. If you only have one rig go with heavier sink tip.

Sharks behind the trawlers --I try and avoid. 400 to 500 grains are fine behind trawlers --just be sure you have a few --
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Re: Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby Nick » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:14 am

What line would you use for fishing albies behind the trawlers? 400 grain sink tip or a heavier sinking line. Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby bhorsley » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:38 am

Nick wrote:What line would you use for fishing albies behind the trawlers? 400 grain sink tip or a heavier sinking line. Thanks again for your help.


intermediate will work but 400 grain is much better --but if you only have a 500 or heavier those will work as well
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Re: Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby Nick » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:26 pm

Thanks Brian, I appreciate it..

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Re: Fly Lines for big drum and sharks

Postby ramjom » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:27 am

I also use two set ups. One is 450 to 500 grain for a 12 weight. The other one is 650 to 800grain.

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