Saltwater lines in freshwater?

CrabulaCrabula MemberPosts: 31 Member
Has anyone used floating saltwater lines in freshwater for bass etc., and if so how do they compare with a comparable freshwater floating line?


  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 23,202 Senior Member
    I think it would matter more if the line was designed for warm weather or not as to how they would perform. I use my intermediate line in both fresh and salt and have found no performance issues.
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  • CrabulaCrabula Member Posts: 31 Member
    I want to try a 7 wt. line for throwing large bass bugs to big smallmouth. I can get an SA floating Redfish warm water 7 wt. line dirt cheap. Wondering if it's worth it or if I'm wasting my time.
  • idlerickidlerick Junior Member Posts: 3 Junior Member
    The Saltwater lines I assume you're referring to are more properly called Tropical lines. They're much stiffer and designed to work well in 80 & 90 degree air & water temps. In normal "trout" water (50's, 60's) they're like a coiled Slinky. Bass ponds would be somwhere in between, I'd guess, and you'll probably have trouble keeping a Redfish Tropical line untangled.
  • ghostghost Junior Member Posts: 12 Junior Member
    Heat's the issue, like they said. Where are you fishing? What kind of water temps?
  • CrabulaCrabula Member Posts: 31 Member
    ghost- This summer I'm fishing a river that now has water temps. in the 80's and the air temps. range from middle 80's to middle 90's. Now, in the Fall this will obviously start cooling down.
  • CrabulaCrabula Member Posts: 31 Member
    FYI. I tried a 7 wt. SA saltwater Redfish line for large bass bugs and it was just too curly even with an air temp in the 80's and a water temp. in the 80's. A comparable SA Bass Bug line was not curly under the same conditions and would shoot much better as a result.
  • lopsangsherpalopsangsherpa Junior Member Posts: 5 Junior Member
    I've used a coldwater redfish line for carp in Colorado. Worked better than the Rio "carp" line that I had for awhile.

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