SRC Set-up

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by freestoneangler, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Chester Allen

    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

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    I've always used a 6-weight rod, and I bounce back and forth between a few. I currently LOVE the Hardy Zenith, and I also fish a Sage RP -- oldie but a goodie -- and an Orvis Hydros. I usually use Orvis or Ross reels, but I have a couple older Lamsons that I really like as well.
    The really important thing -- at least to me -- is having a selection of lines. I always carry a weight-forward floater, which I use in very shallow water or when fishing one of Leland Miyawaki's amazing poppers. I also use a clear intermediate for most of my fishing. Finally, I carry a fast-sinking line, which comes in handy in strong currents or on bright, clear days, when the cutts are a little shy of the sun. The fast-sinker is an amazing line -- it's incredible how many fish that line reaches. Often, I'll go back through a rip or dropoff with a sinker, and I'll catch fish when I didn't hook one with the intermediate.
    Just my 2 cents....
     
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  2. theunderstudy

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    Sage 4550CF and Orvis Access 6wt, Rio Outbound Int.
     
  3. Just.Mark

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    I have been been rocking a 9ft 5wt echo carbon with a 250g SA streamer express and I always carry a Weight forward floating line for those really rocky bottoms. My konic has never had a problem in the salt. SRC arnt choosey that’s why its soo much fun. I have a 8wt cam sigler with a CLA that uses a 300g SA streamer express and a triangle taper floater for big fish.

    Which Fast sinker are you using on beach? I have been considering one for some lake fishing to round out my lines, Just curious if one line could do both.

    I keep hearing how good those ambush lines are on the beach any one useing one on a regular basis?
     
  4. Porter

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    For past three seasons my go to set-up has been a 691-4 TCR w/Galvan T-6 and I use both a rio short versi tip and SA steelhead floater. I did use a 250 gr. streamer express line a couple years ago which was also good. The TCR behaves more like a hefty 7 weight but I throw 6 weight lines on it. It demands good timing and when your off she lets you know!.... If I had to do it over I would get the 697-4 version, I think it would be a little softer and my casting might be a bit more consistent. I have the 691-4 XP which was my prior salt rod (albeit one short season) but I have dedicated that to freshwater only....I don't want the guides getting all corrided, this one will be with me to the end of my fly tossing days.
     
  5. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    It might be a little off the beaten path but I use a sage 5110 with a compact scandi head. I can overhand and two-hand cast it well and it's still fun to fight the cutties on as well as pinks.
     
  6. rotato

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    I use a rio striper line for both my 6 and 8 weight rods out of my skiff
    They cast really well
    I have cast them off the beach a few timesto dredge a tidal chute

    My src set up is a 6 weight nrx the basic Lamson and an outbound clear intermediate
     
  7. Just.Mark

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    I have been eyeing a 6wt echo 2 for a while, Just need to get off my ass and do it. I will have to try that rio striper line
     
  8. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    I've had some success with a 5 weight Echo2 and a Clear Camo line, but I was really under-gunned when the wind came up.

    On Paddy's Day I went to GHFS fully intending to buy an outfit based on a Beulah Platinum 9'6" 6 weight. I brought along my old 2-piece Loomis IMX 9' 6 weight to compare as a baseline. Jamie took me over to the park with the Beulah, a Scott A4 956/4, a 9' Echo3S and 3 lines; Ambush, and Rio Outbound Short and Airflow 40+ intermediates to do some test casting.

    Rather than bore you with a meaningless review of the 4 rods' and line's characteristics with my mediocre casting skills and style, in light gusts I was able to cast the Scott with the 40+ consistently farther with the line laying out straighter than any of the other combinations. The tip has a little more flex than the other rods and ought to be a lot of fun with SRCs and rezzies. Runner up, with consistent casts but a full 10 feet shorter was the 40+ with my Loomis; I love that rod, but haven't used it a lot recently other than on lakes casting full sink lines with streamers and nymph rigs.

    For a reel the Lamson Speedster looked like an excellent value. I guessed on the #3 and after spooling up a ton of backing and the line, the Scott A4-Lamson Speedster 3 outfit balance was perfect. I am looking forward to getting out soon.
     
  9. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Mediocre casting skills and style? I resemble that remark!

    Could you still engage us a bit regarding the performance of the lines? I sometimes feel I get a little better performance out of the 40+, but the disadvantage often comes at a high tide/high gradient beach. Still inquiring minds want to know.;)
     
  10. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Hi Gregg :) . OK, here goes with the meaningless review.

    The 9.5' Scott A4 with the 40+ gave me 60' -70' casts consistently into quartering wind gusts with one backcast and a double haul. For some reason I could not duplicate that with the slightly lighter/faster Beulah that flexes a little farther out towards the tip, probably due to my bad casting habits; you've seen me cast. It wouldn't consistently lay out straight. The (shortest) 9' & fastest Echo3S didn't suit me at all. After casting the Beulah then the Echo3S, I was really surprised that though the Scott's flex/action actually felt a little awkward, it worked real well for me.

    I could cast the Outbound Short with the Scott to 60'+ but I couldn't get to it lay out straight in the wind consistently. The Ambush line was more like 50' to 60', and didn't always lay out straight. Those lines didn't make the Beulah or the Echo3 cast any better for me.

    I didn't test the Outbound or Ambush but the 40+ was consistent at laying out straight to 60' with my 20 year old 2-piece 9' Loomis IMX that feels comparatively faster than the others, but very smooth and responsive. It just delivers the line out there. (Did I say I love that rod?)

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

    FWIW cutthroat kid has mentioned to me that I don't need to cast so far out into deep water on an incoming tide, where the beach we were on together did not have what I would consider a high gradient.
     
  11. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Brian, Thanks for taking the time to provide some additional information regarding your review.

    Our own results might vary, but we all like a good competition! Even when conducted by just one individual. Another hands-on experience to consider.
     
  12. aaronk

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    Echo 3 Salt with a Lamson Konic and Airflo 40+ floater.
     
  13. Just.Mark

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    When streamer fishing I have found that over lineing my echo carbon 2 line weights really gets the rod to perform. Any one tryed that with a echo 3?