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05-04-2006, 04:38 AM
I am from Sweden and wright english as i speak it ,sorry.
I am going to build 2 or 3 new rods for flyfishing in tropical water .Planing a trip to
Los Roques and need new rods.Visit Tobago 3 weeks febr-march 2006 and it was difficult to fish in the strong wind who always is there, hade to "press and pump" the line out in the wind.The rods i hade was DC FT wf 7 and 8 and SA Mastery Saltwater-Saltwater.Need rods who loads with shorter line,you cant have to mush line outside .Did oversize the rod with 1 size of the line. The leader i use was 8-10f , tied with Lefty Kreh formula .Allso need a new line , was thinking of SA Mastery Salwater
Redfish. My casting skills is a 6+
The blanks i am looking on now is Sage Xi2 , CTS Affinity S and S XF, TFO TiCrX . Size wf8 , wf10 , wf12 .
Nedd some input of ideas and tought.
Thanks in advance . kentP

05-04-2006, 06:45 AM
For dealing with coastal winds I do not believe that the rod is the only element to consider. The line will have a major effect, as will the caster's ability to generate small loops and high line speed turning over the point of the loop. Another important element is to position yourself relative to wind direction, which your guide should have done especially if you were fishing from a boat.

You have mentioned line and casting skill already so I won't repeat your observation but I am certain that an expert caster could do well with any of the fine blanks you mentioned and I would offer only my experience to that matter - choose a rod that is not too stiff or you will be pushing the line with your arm instead of loading and releasing energy in the rod. Choose a rod that is not too soft or you will easily get ahead of the cadence and lose line speed. A stiff rod will not improve your ability to deal with wind as much as good casting will, contrary to public opinion. Beyond that match the line to the situation and work on casting efficiency and logical thinking to deal with wind.

Choose a line that has a shorter more compact concentration of grains in the head for windier conditions but look for one with a color change or mark the back of the head with a magic marker. The more compact the head, the more precise the amount of line must be in the air for a number of reasons, primarily a thin running line can not turn over a thick rear taper.

Finally consider Intermediate lines as well as floating (but look for tropical coatings). The lack of air in the coating makes for a more wind-resistant casting line that is still quite effective on the flats.