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What are the pros and cons of 8in SD/Paddles as compared to the 11in models. Would like to try some 11in if I won't have equipment problems.  Thanks!  Tight Lines to all

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One of the questions to be asked is: "where are they going to be used"?  If Lake O  then the larger paddles seem best suited to large dipseys and meat rigs or larger lure setups usually for deeper water application and on the Finger Lakes they may be unnecessary drag on your rods given the absence of kings and extremely large lakers. The smaller paddles seem much more versatile to me as they are easy to run on downriggers, wire or braid behind small to large dipseys with less drag. When running spoons or normal sized sticks  the smaller paddles are all that is needed. The old maxim of "Why use a shotgun when only a BB gun is needed" applies as far as I'm concerned. Others may have a different view of it.

Edited by Sk8man

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I only run 11" paddles with meat, the rest of the setup i use spin drs or pro trolls.

 

With 11" paddles, be sure to lengthen the lead from paddle to the meat/fly (i go with 60-65")

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I usually use them on a mag diver or a deep rigger with meat. But they do work well with flies as well. We took a few kings last year on a bull frog 11 in paddle with an atommik ultra green glow fly down 90. I think I used a 60 in leader.

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