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    I have bought an 8wt rod and Orvis Battenkill Mid Arbor IV reel. Now I need a recommendation on a fly line for bass. So many out there would like advice on a specific line. Also 8 wt or a 9 wt line???? Any thoughts appreciated!

  • #2
    what type of flies do you plan on tossing? Small, easy into the wind kind of stuff or big nasties? I said it before on another thread but for big nasties nothing beats a RIO Outbound Short...........NOTHING!

    HC

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    • #3
      If you are going to throw heavy flies like Clousers or Hairy Fodders, a RIO clouser line works real well.
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      • #4
        Plan to use deer hair bass bugs. Stick with matched 8wt or go to 9wt?
        Thank you

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        • #5
          8wt or 9wt? Thank you

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          • #6
            If you describe the 8wt rod you bought (brand, model, flex rating of Orvis), folks might be better able to remark about over-lining. I'm sure most are going to say "Try it first!"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gtfly View Post
              Plan to use deer hair bass bugs. Stick with matched 8wt or go to 9wt?
              Thank you
              Which 8wt rod do you have?

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              • #8
                Bass fly line

                I have an 8wt Cabela's Stowaway. It is a 6pc. travel rod. Moderate/fast action.

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                • #9
                  I've cast lighter Stowaways. I'd stick with 8wt line since the rod isn't a broomstick. Should be pleasant to cast.

                  If you have access to buddies w/8wt & 9wt outfits, borrow their reels and try their line to get a general idea how they feel.

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                  • #10
                    Bass fly line

                    thank you...sounds like a good idea...8 wt it will be...I can always upgrade rod and line at a later date if I find it necessary. My Tu buddies have the Stowaway in 8 wt, it comes highly recommended for the price...and action for bass. Now I just have to decide which line. Seems like everyone has their wt preferences and brands. I always buy Rio and use a 6 wt on my 5 wt.
                    I am not a strong caster, and this seems to help with distance. Seeing bass lines are front loaded I did not know how much wt I could handle. thank you for the advice.

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                    • #11
                      I always overline my bass rod. When I fly fish for Bass, I am usually making relatively short casts to structure and stripping it back pretty close to the rod. A Bass or clouser line one line size heavier than the rod, loads the rod with a lot less line out and makes it easier to cast short distances.

                      I do this with a tip flex Orvis rod and am not sure how it would work on a more moderate action rod, so I would borrow a line from someone and try it first.
                      "It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority" Benjamin Franklin
                      "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote" Benjamin Franklin

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