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Hi Guys, I'm not a new fly caster, have been fishing for trout 20yrs. I would like to have a salt water set up ready if I hit a school of ****tail blues or rat stripers. QUESTION-I have a South Bend Finalist model 1144 (over 20yrs. old but new) which has a 3'' diameter spool and a nylon drag. Can I use this with an inexpensive rod (maybe Cortland) in 8 or 9 wt. I was thinking a 9' rod. I don't want to get crazy with salt water fly fishing, I just want to have a usable, inexpensive setup handy!
Thanks in advance!
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A weight-forward (WF) line should be OK but a saltwater taper line would be best. It's designed more with the weight better distributed for the ususllay larger flies we use in the salt. Like a bass bug taper is made for casting larger bass (freshwater) flies. I don't think you need a specialty taper (like a striper taper) line just yet.

Get a floating or intermidiate line. That will handle most casting-to-fish situations.

I agree about the backing. However, be sure to use 100 yards of 30# backing. Don't use 20#! It's just too light.

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