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Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Handline + Spinners on 03/07/2007 12:45:37 MST Print View

Has anyone used a handline such as the Streamlines Tidelands with spinners?

Wondering how hard it is to get the spinners to work properly while manually wrapping the line on the spool.

Gene .

Locale: New England
Re: Handline + Spinners on 03/08/2007 13:09:42 MST Print View

Yes, the caution is that if you have'nt fished like this before there is the chance of injury from getting a line wrap on a finger or wrist. Use care, and start out fishing for small fish until you get it. I've used a Streamlines since they first came on the market. Rod and reel fishing just seems like more fun though when you get into larger fish/different styles IME. You can fish with flies on a bubble float, but it's not the same as the enjoyment you get from a 5w rod and technique.

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Handline + Spinners on 03/08/2007 14:12:34 MST Print View


I’ve used this system with spinners and dry flies effectively in the Sierras. Like most things all it take is a practice and a little patience.


David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
Re: Re: Handline + Spinners on 03/08/2007 17:17:27 MST Print View

Did you have fun in the Sierras with a handline? I will be hiking with two non-fishers and would like to use something that is quick and can be used at a moment's notice. The handline is also attractive because of the weight. Did you think it is worth it or is it too frustrating to use? Did you wish you had a rod and reel instead?

Amy Reid
(marmot8) - MLife

Locale: central Sierra
Re: Re: Handline + Spinners on 04/06/2009 16:24:19 MDT Print View

Roger, Can you elaborate a little more about using the Streamline handline with dry flies and your setup? I am waiting for mine to arrive and talked to a local fly fishing shop about a setup. I was thinking about using a clear bubble float for some weight, a barrel spinner, leader and dry fly. I'll be fishing the JMT in August but want to get the hang of my system before then. Any advice is welcome! Thanks,

Aaron Lastname
(Cloudveil9) - F
;) on 04/07/2009 07:56:34 MDT Print View

A fly rod only weighs about 3 ounces ;)

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
in streams you can tie dry flies & line to a hiking pole on 04/07/2009 09:27:41 MDT Print View

and dap the fly into pools

or feed it down in the current a little with dry or nymphs

Amy Reid
(marmot8) - MLife

Locale: central Sierra
Re: ;) on 04/07/2009 14:04:16 MDT Print View

Yes, but fishing isn't my main focus. And then I'd need a reel, and other misc. gear, adding to the weight. And its expensive. The Streamline handline ( is less than $20. I can cast it, so its got a bit more flexibility than tying a line to a stick or a pole.

Plus, it won't get in my way. The idea of bringing rod & tackle along sounds like a fuss and more bother than it's worth (to me). But a small, self-contained handline and a few flies, ... that I can wrap my mind around. Plus it sounds like a fun challenge to master the handline.

I know, I know, this sounds like blasphemy to folks who thrive on fishing!

I am more looking for advice on handline technique or setup of a dry fly system. Since there was a mention of someone having used a handline in the Sierra, I thought I'd ask.

Right now, I'm researching. I want to put a kit together, see how successful I am and then decide if I want to add the ounces later.

Edited by marmot8 on 04/07/2009 14:05:56 MDT.

Daniel White
(wvlawyer) - F

Locale: Wasatch Front
Re: Re: ;) on 04/10/2009 11:33:25 MDT Print View

For what it's worth, Aaron's right, you can get a pretty lightweight fly rod. After that, the line will add some extra weight, but you really don't need a reel. I fell on a trip once and snapped my fly rod about six inches above the handle. I just stuck the reel in my pocket and held the rod above the break and kept casting and catching fish.

The lightest set up that I see from this is something like the lightweight plastic spool that a fly line comes on when you buy it. You could pretty much keep this in a pocket and play out what you need to cast. Then you just pull the line in, rather than reel it. Won't work well for large fish, but for small mountain lakes or streams, should be fine.

I haven't done the math, but I doubt this adds too much extra weight. This would still be more expensive than the handline and if fishing isn't your main focus, then probably not for you. However, I'm sure it will work a lot better.

Edited by wvlawyer on 04/10/2009 11:35:02 MDT.

Taylor Ginther
(Tippet) - F

Locale: San Diego
interesting on 04/13/2009 19:55:12 MDT Print View

yes I suppose technically you could catch a fish or two with a handline. I'd be interested to hear that turns out for you. For now, I'll stick with a rod/reel though.

Aaron Lastname
(Cloudveil9) - F
Handline on 04/14/2009 07:15:56 MDT Print View

Like Daniel said, you don't need a reel to flyfish. I know for a fact that my fly rod weighs just under 3 ounces, I can't imagine that my fly line weighs much more. Maybe I'll weigh it tonight but I think you could get a complete flyfishing setup under 8oz if you were willing to sacrifice a few gizmos...Maybe less.

Amy Reid
(marmot8) - MLife

Locale: central Sierra
Streamlines Handline on 04/15/2009 10:02:09 MDT Print View

I received my handline earlier this week and will start testing out tackle systems as soon as I can. So far it seems pretty easy to use and I'm looking forward to developing a technique with it. I'll report back later what worked and how I do after I give it some true trials in the field. I'll start with a bubble float, barrel swivel, leader & dry fly. Thanks for the input.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Handline + Spinners on 04/15/2009 10:19:08 MDT Print View

No, but I've fished a lot in Mexico like that, but wrapped the line around a beer bottle. We were bait fishing though.

scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Re: Streamlines Handline on 04/22/2009 09:16:20 MDT Print View

Please keep us updated. I am definitely interested in how this works out...

Todd Forbes
(TF) - F
I have seen this done in Mexico on 09/28/2009 15:40:30 MDT Print View

When I was in Carmen a while back I saw the locals fish like this, they were fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with cut bait and used a beer can for a reel. You also see a lot of our "guest workers" down on the Gulf Coast fish like this and they do catch fish.

You could use your Foster's beer can mug as a reel and have a truly lightweight duel peice of equipment!

I will be using a Tenkara rod in the Weimanuche Wilderness Are next week and it was hard enough for me to accept not having a reel but this is intresting!