new running line test…

I just picked up a spool of this OPST Lazar running line , gave it the Q cast test and really like the way it performs. So far, I am a believer.

My friend Paul Cronin turned me onto it and said it is a very popular Skagit running line used for throwing long, on streams for salmon and steelhead. Being an old salty shooting head guy that likes to make my own custom sinking shooting heads, I decided to see what all the talk was about and built a 27 foot T-14 head, looped on both ends and attached it to some pink #50 pound OPST Lazar line with a double surgeons loop. I cinched down the loop knot real tight and compact and coated it with pliobond to clean up the knot so it sails through the guides easily. I did three tests, all performed off a small arbor reel which tends to keep tight loop coils. First test was just to strip a bunch of line on the floor, give it a good stretch, make one pick up with my head outside the rod tip, one back cast and a forward haul.  With ease the line flew through the guides, no tangles and I taped out my very first cast at 85 feet. The second test was to cast the line out of a shallow basket and then a deep stripping basket. Both performed well as you can see in the video that my daughter Quinn shot for me.

What I learned so far is as long as you give this running line a good stretch, it performs well, with little memory in coiling. The diameter seems thick enough to handle, but I need to fish it to see if I can hold onto it, on a big fish when its wet. One tip I want to try is to use a piece of electrical tape wrapped around the cork handle to cause friction in stopping the line. I will have to try that and report back, LOL

please be safe out there…

-Al Q

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8 thoughts on “new running line test…

  1. Mike Ward

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  2. steve

    that was beautiful to watch

  3. Carl Crawford

    Great demo! Do you think that this setup will work better than the integrated sinking head lines that many of us are currently using in the surf?

    • Hey Carl:
      I would say use what you are comfortable using. There are lots of great intergrated fly lines on the market and they are easy to use straight out of the box, best for beginners, less hassles of attaching running lines to heads and they do the job beautifully. This system i am working with would be for the more intermediate or advanced caster. I am comfortable with home-made shooting heads and hearing the clink of the head when it goes through my guides, it doesn’t bother me. The main advantage of mono based running lines are they get downtown faster, less resistance in the water. I do think this application may be suited better off the boat for inshore applications, but also like the fact that I will be able to get more distance too. This stuff shoots really well and so far the tangle factor seems under control. The trade off is handling the running line when its wet , especially on holding on to bigger fish. I still have to test that part out with this product, but i like it a lot so far, shows great promise…hope this answer helps?

  4. Don Bell

    Hi Al – I have a bit of experience with the Lazr line. A few years back set up a 7WT Echo SR switch with Ed Ward’s Commando system. Used it along with camp provided gear on a trip to the Kanektok. That was where Ed and O’Donnel and McCune fine tuned their product line. I can tell you that in that environment it was amazing to zing giant heavy flies and major sink tips way out on the river. Although I would never think it realistic to hand fight a large fish on that running line. You use your reel or it could be a meat slicer. And when two handed casting, the strike as you strip in is a challenge. Definitely my best fishing experience ever to try to fight the big Kings.
    I still have an Echo Sr 5Wt set for trout spey and was supposed to be using it in two weeks on the Missouri but obviously that is not happening. It has a 25# green Lazr line.
    It will twist up easily and needs regular stretching and reverse rod flipping to keep it straight if your cast is sort of Belgian style that produces a twist in any line. But this shows the twist worse than anything else I have tried.
    For local surf I think I will stay with my T tips and a Rio running line that is much easier to handle. Assuming we can have our beaches open sooner or later.
    All the best

  5. Hey Don:
    Thanks so much for your insights, I will take them all in. I will continue to test the 50# to see if the fighting part is a problem, so far i like the way it casts and it seems thick enough to handle so I will report back when i put it to the test, providing i can get out of the house. LOL

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