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Post Posted: 08:20am - Mar 11,20 
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Help settle an argument on what pound test to use when making Salmon flies. I was taught by Capt Dave He used 40# mono. Now a buddy wants his made with 50#. We have always used 40# with great results. The time is here to get ready for the spring run. Any opinions??
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Post Posted: 09:19am - Mar 11,20 
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Have any break offs with 40? If not, why 50?

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Post Posted: 09:49am - Mar 11,20 
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No breaks with 40#
His thought is the 50# will transmit more action from the flasher/dodger to the fly. I don't know. ??

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Post Posted: 10:37am - Mar 11,20 
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I've always used 40 lbs. have seen no reason to change.

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Post Posted: 11:29am - Mar 11,20 
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IMO
You or I would never be able to tell the difference in action between a 40 lb test fly or a 50 lb test fly.

I make my bait rigs with 50 lb test... Only because they seem to be longer and get tangled up more (into rigger cables or wire-line dipsies)
My fly's I tie with 40 lb test (both Coho & Standard fly's)

Just my opinion.
Good luck running those fly's you all are tying up!

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Post Posted: 11:41am - Mar 11,20 
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I have always used 40# clear Ande mono when tying fly leaders. When Sigg's Rigs was making flies, I am pretty sure he used 50# fluoro. Both work just fine.

As for settling the arguement, here's something to think about... Your buddy MIGHT be right, that the 50# does give the fly more action. But who is to say that the fish want MORE action on any given day? More is not always better. And you can get more or less action in other ways, too. Speed up or slow down the boat or tie the fly leader a little longer or shorter. Both will change the action on the fly.

Good luck with whatever you decide on.

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Post Posted: 11:47am - Mar 11,20 
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I agree with everything everyone has said so far on this thread. Biggest thing that typically translates to more fish in the boat, is pick one and standardize on it. That way you can more accurately repeat and reproduce a fly pattern, leader length, hook, and beads. Doing all this will help give confidence when something does work, you KNOW exactly what you had before and can use that information to repeat on another rod, or another trip. It's one of the things we try to do as much as possible when we're out.

We use 50lb Ande Fluoro for our fly leaders.... simply because we always have and I don't want to change a variable.

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