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Just picked one up on the flea and looking for some direction on line choice for calmer day trout and reds on the Texas coast. I don't currently have a 7 so no existing lines to try. I do have several Cortland 6s I am going to try.

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Cortland what? Are you trying to use it for short shots or medium to distance shots? If it's the older run of the STS, they were nice casting rods, tho not exceptionally fast. But a great fishing fly rod. Personally, I'd either match it up to a SA Mastery Saltwater tapered floating fly line for Texas. Your waters in TX are cooler than ours down here in Florida during the cooler months and that line will behave for you year around. There are other lines I could recommend, but for where you are at and the conditions with that rod, the 7wt SA Mastery Saltwater will be a good all around line since for me, the STS's preferred more true to weight fly lines. If you were doing more short quick shots to reds, then I'd compare casting the same line in the 7wt Sa Mastery Warmwater Redfish, or the Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper 6wt line (thinking the 7wt BTT will be too heavy for that rod).

There's a well known member here on microskiff called "Snookdaddy" that has had many of Scott rods and will have more dialed in input to what line he prefers with the STS's. Hopefully, he'll chime in. ;)
 

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Cortland what? Are you trying to use it for short shots or medium to distance shots? If it's the older run of the STS, they were nice casting rods, tho not exceptionally fast. But a great fishing fly rod. Personally, I'd either match it up to a SA Mastery Saltwater tapered floating fly line for Texas. Your waters in TX are cooler than ours down here in Florida during the cooler months and that line will behave for you year around. There are other lines I could recommend, but for where you are at and the conditions with that rod, the 7wt SA Mastery Saltwater will be a good all around line since for me, the STS's preferred more true to weight fly lines. If you were doing more short quick shots to reds, then I'd compare casting the same line in the 7wt Sa Mastery Warmwater Redfish, or the Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper 6wt line (thinking the 7wt BTT will be too heavy for that rod).

There's a well known member here on microskiff called "Snookdaddy" that has had many of Scott rods and will have more dialed in input to what line he prefers with the STS's. Hopefully, he'll chime in. ;)
Cortland 6s:
Tropic Plus-Bonefish
Liquid Crystal- Guide and Flats Taper

Medium to distance length shots.

Thanks for your reply.
 

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All of my STS (8,9,12) seem to throw best with true or slightly less than standard grain weights.
 

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I used to have an STS in #8 and I'd agree that you probably don't want a heavier than standard line. I'd give that Cortland Guide #6 a go on it and see how it feels. If you have trouble loading it up close, I'd look at the LC Flats Taper in #7.
 

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I posted somewhere else on this site. I enjoy throwing the Rio Flats pro with a clear intermediate tip one line size down on the 12 wt.
 

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Cortland 6s:
Tropic Plus-Bonefish
Liquid Crystal- Guide and Flats Taper

Medium to distance length shots.

Thanks for your reply.
Ok, got it. Not the guide (heavier), but the Flats Taper (more true to weight line). The guide is heavier. You'd probably be fine with the others you have. With the cortland lines, I like given them a slow stretch before use each day, then add some Food Grade Silicon to the line once you stretch it, for that extra shooting edge (you can search what I recommend for the silicone).
 

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Thanks folks. Good to know that it's worth trying what I have before buying new, and having some direction if the 6s don't work out. Fitting a line to a rod can get expensive for this inexperienced angler.
 
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