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    Default Shooting head and running line advice please?

    Hi folks

    I recently bought myself a Cortland 444,, 9 weight, sinking shooting taper (type 3).
    What running line and method of attaching shooting head to running line will be the best for my needs?
    I am in foreign waters here and want to get it right first time.
    Any advise, links would do me just fine.
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

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    Hi mate,

    Just thinking out aloud here - but isn't the line you have purchased a full length line as opposed to a head?
    The shooting taper is the style of line AFAIK.
    (What is the total length of the line overall?)

    At any rate, best way to attach running line to the head is by a loop to loop method.
    Go one better and do a double loop and make sure they snug down so it minimises the rattling of the knot through the guide.

    Running lines you have a choice depending on what purpose.
    Salt? Big freshwaters?

    For salt, you definitely want something to hang onto when a fish strikes.
    That rules out mono and gelspun.

    Go for one of the dedicated running lines available or make your own using dacron.

    Put up a bit more info and I'm sure we'll be able to help some more mate.

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    It is a 30 footer(9.1 meter) sinking shooting taper.
    I mainly want to use it in the salt when the Garrick is deeper down and only the guys with livies and bucktail jigs are getting fish, and maybe for bass once in a while.
    I always use full fly lines, this is my first shooting head.

    The main reason is to get my fly deeper down to where the fish are.
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

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    Yep - all good mate.

    Right, first thing is to get loops on the ends if they don't have.
    Best method is blind splicing and feeding the flyline up the centre - can use dacron or braided mono for the loops.

    Running line is a matter of personal choice.
    Basically running line comes with a coating or in a format made up from slick nylon or any variation thereof.

    In your application I'd be inclined just to stick with a commercially available running line. (Rio is very good!)
    They are usually level lines and you have a choice of either floating or intermediate. My choice is definitely intermediate.
    I think there are even loops already on these lines.
    It's easy to grab hold of, tangles are minimised due to the diameter and behaves just like a true flyline with the coating.

    These are major points to consider when choosing a running line.

    Nylon shoots a mile, but tangles to buggery.
    Also quite difficult to hold when wet.

    Hope this helps out a bit mate.
    Great to get very deep as the diameter is very thin.

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    Good advise from kev there !
    I use Dacron for loops or simply double over the fly line and use 3nail Knots (10lb mono) and uv knot sence
    The only thing I do different fo estuary work is use a full rocket taper intermediate on backwards as my running line

    So basically you have backing then an inter head then good running line and then fast sinking head

    Big loops on the backing mean u can simply swap ends so you have both depths covered
    /d
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    Thank you guys
    This will set me on my way. Appreciated a lot.
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

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