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    Default Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    As above I wondering if a 9wt intermediate with 3/4 feet cut of the taper will be sufficient to carry 3/5" pike flies.
    Im thinking with 3 maybe 4ft cut off it it will increase the weight of the 1st 30 feet?

    I hoping to use it on either a 11ft 7/8 switch rod or a 9.6ft 7 wt but ideally the 9.6ft 7wt?
    Thanks Al
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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    In a word Yes......i've done it countless times with mill ends off ebay....it's a bit trial and error and it depends upon the taper of the line.


    4ft is usually about right for me

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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    Cheers Rob If necessary I'll cut x amount off I'm wanting quite a blunt/aggressive taper anyway.
    Eta
    if you're a fan of mill ends its worth looking at talon lines 8 imo the floating and intermediate fish as good as any line I own.
    Thanks Al
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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    Yeah its pretty obvious where the taper starts on most wf lines, and like you i like a blunt taper to turn over big wind resistant pike flies....

    Saying that my best "predator" pattern is a 5 " black snake with silver flashabou underwing........oh and instead of using braid to link the snake front and back hooks I use "Authanic" trace material it's a very supple bite proof material that really allows the fly to work and stops you getting bitten off ( it's knottable)

    For match fishing I need a range of lines for which I know the exact sink rate........for Pike fishing, shooting heads and messing about with the kids mill ends are great value.

    I'll try a talon line .....cheers

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    Default Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    Personally wouldn't cut 4 ft off, maybe 2ft some taper is good and you get some of the energy transfer to the fly rather than just the blunt fly line. Just my experience.

    Also found don't cut shooting heads too short as once you warmed up you can chuck a helva lot more fly out than you think you can when you are cold (muscles)

    Oh yes 9 wt is great for pike flies


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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    some one posted a Video on here about commando spey casting , using a 5wt rod to put a big lure out 30yds , if you can find it its worth a look , easker1

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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    Thanks easker, I tried the wf 9 with 3ft cut of which is OK with 2/3 inch flies but anything bigger has to much resistance, max cast around 45/50ft.

    I also tried a maxcatch single handed skagit line, I can't remember what aftm it is but it's 16g and 18ft using that I can put out my biggest flies 65/70ft with relative ease?



    Al
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    Default Re: Will a cut back 9wt be sufficient for 3"/5" pike flies

    I've cut 3' of big fly lines to move the taper forward slightly if the line appeared it needed it without any issues

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