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I own a T&T 1307. Puchased the rod new about ten years ago. Clearly, an amazing rod. Now there are may new lines on the market. Could you give me suggestions as to line weight for the Nextcast Zone, the Airflow Rage and any other new line on the market you really like. I swing flies for Steelhead on the Klickitat, Grande Ronde, Deschutes and the Clearwater. Also planning to start “skating” dries again. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank You, Gary

Hi Gary!  I love questions like this as it speaks to the topic of “what’s good, will always be good”. It’s also nice to see that you are approaching this with the open mindset of finding a line to bring out another personality of your fabled 1307. For this rod, I personally like the Nextcast […]

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I have come into a DNA 1409-5 and am very excited, but the line I have I just can’t cast. I am wondering if you have any suggestions? I live in the Pacific Northwest and target steelhead, but also want to go after tiger muskie that live in the lake where I reside. Thank you in advance, Mike

Tom McCoy answers: Mike, congratulations on coming into one of the all-time great, iconic rods here in the PNW, a true legend. The first line that comes to mind is a 600 grain Rage from Airflo. It would allow you to use floating tips, modest weight sink tips or polyleaders as conditions dictate, and it […]

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Robert Kenneth Dickerson writes: I have several T & T bamboo rods which I purchased in the late seventies and early eighties. One is a Paradigm 7ft, 4wt. I have a trip planned for the fall and need to purchase a new floating line. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated.

Troy Jacques from the T&T bamboo department answers: First, let me say thanks for your support for T&T! Your Paradigm 704 is a sweet rod. Personally, I like the Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout series of lines, and for all-round fishing would choose the DT4. If you prefer a weight forward line, SA Mastery Trout WF5 […]

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I live in upstate NY outside of Rochester and close to Sandy Creek and Oak Orchard. Need a reel for my Horizon HS 909 (9’ 9wt). Want to set up for the Lake Ontario Salmon, Steelhead and Large Browns. Thoughts on Reels? Thanks, Joe

Jako Lucas: Thanks for your question, Joe. There are a ton of competitive reels on the market at the moment and a lot of them are pretty good. My choice of reel is the Nautilus. I have been using them for a long time now and I am very happy with them. The reels are […]

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I have an old Vector 8.5 foot, 5 weight fly rod, and I was looking for a new all around trout fly line, floating. Would you recommend a line that fits my rod best? Thank You, Ernie

Drew Miller: Hi Ernie, I’ve owned several Vector fly rods and still fish a couple to this day. It was a well designed rod with a fast action and smooth casting. The line I typically match to this rod is the Rio Gold in either the original texture or the new In Touch. Both of these […]

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Gonzalo Mendez asks: I’m a recent transplant to Portland area. I hear there are amazing winter steelhead in the coastal rivers; Trask, Wilson, Nahelem. Is a Skagit setup a good all around rig for my DNA Switch 1107 and DNA 1307?

Brian Chou: Hi Gonzalo, welcome to Portland! The food is incredible, and there’s plenty of fish year round to be had. You are correct in that the coast can produce some beautiful specimens (both wild and hatchery). That being said, your 1107 paired with 450 grain Airflo Skagit Switch or a Nextcast Coastal F1 should […]

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What’s your favorite fly line to backing knot for saltwater fish?

Capt. Joel Dickey: My favorite fly line to backing knot is the bimini twist with a loop to loop connection. If using for heavier fish i would use a double bimini twist especially when using a thin…

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How important is it to quickly present the fly to saltwater fish?

Capt. Joel Dickey: It is very important to get a presentation to a saltwater fish as quickly as possible. Saltwater fish in most circumstances are…

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What’s the most important cast for clients wanting to learn how to fish saltwater?

Capt. Joel Dickey: The most important cast would be the double haul. This cast allows you to create greater line speed which is needed in most…

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