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    looking to get sorted for next season, to have a go at sea trout on my local Taw & Torridge. Vintage 9'6 wt 7 on its way with matching reel and spare spool. What lines would you reccommend to fit two spools ? so many out there, floating with a sink tip for thr rivers and maybe an intermediate for later use on lakes for brown/rainbows ?
    any advice thanks

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    I am not sure that a sink tip and an intermediate would fish differently enough to be worth it.
    I fish a sink tip 90% of the time for sewin in SW Wales, and a floater the rest. Amusingly, my catches this year (such as they have been) were about 65:35 (percentages, not fish, alas).
    But if I was starting out again, I would probably get a floater (one size up, so a #8 in your case) and a slow sinker (ditto): between them they would cover a slightly wider range of water depths and speeds.
    I would heartily recommend the Cortland 444s in both cases.

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    Thanks Sash, see your reasoning. Why and whats the advantage to go one up in line weight

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    Whilst I daresay some specific waters may fish better with a floater or a sink tip (i.e. the estuary), I've found intermediate is the way to go for my river Sea-Trout fishing.

    I've fished a Barrio GT90i intermediate at 7wt for several seasons and it's the most useful line I own by far. I have a Barrio GT90 floater as well and a Grey's Platinum Sink Tip, but they barely get spooled up each year - the GT90i just fishes so well!
    All my tackle is more expensive than it needs to be to catch fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonflyfisher View Post
    Thanks Sash, see your reasoning. Why and whats the advantage to go one up in line weight
    I find that fishing a line one size up makes it easier for me to "feel" the cast that I make at night: there's just more feedback on both back- and fore-casts.
    Also, it your river has fairly small pools, or with a lot of overhanging trees etc, I find that the rod loads better even with only a short line out (<5 metres).

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    I normally have 3 lines. A floater, a sink-tip & an intermediate. The floater for the early part of the night, the sink-tip for faster water & the intermediate for when the fish are down.
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    A floater an intermediate and a range of polytips to expand your fishable depth range, there are some deep pools and fast runs on both those rivers.

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    Could I ask this question of you all -
    Could one use a floating mainline with a fast sinking long leader (say, 12ft) to replicate an intermediate of sink tip mainline?
    If not, why not? I.e. is there something about that set up that would not replicate enough a sinking tip main?
    Is a sink tip or intermediate not very hard to mend in a river?

    I am in quandary about whether to get another mainline, or just make do with different leaders to suit.
    Thanks for any feedback.

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    Polyleaders will work fine as a substitute for sink tips, I personally don't think they will be a substitute for a line that needs to be fully sunk like an intermediate or sinker. The idea of fishing deeper needs the whole line being sunk in order for the lure to fish at that required depth on an even keel.
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