Two-hand small fly problems
I just figured I'd post a problem I've been having with my two-handed rod.
I have the LL Bean 10/11 11'6" Orion rod and am using it with the Airflo two-hand beach line sinking version.
The problem is that I have trouble casting small - say under 3/0 - flies. Heavily weighted flies no sweat, big air-resistant ones I can chuck a good distance fairly consistently.
A small fly however creates something of an enormous tailing loop after a backcast. The casting loop itself is okay but the fly stays very low. At first I thought I was over-powering the cast which I have a tendency to do, but even deliberately weak casts have the same flaw.
Before the two hand the biggest rod I ever cast was my glx 10wt (I can still cast that further than the two-hander.) I only experienced a problem like this when I tried over-lining the rod via a shooting head.
You need to change the leader for small flies.
The longer and more gradual the taper, the more "air brake" you get. I think you will be surprised
Make a few up for sacrifice to the concrete or football field gods. Use no fly, just use a longer more gradual leader. If it casts well without any fly, it will solve the whiplash problem.
That was the fix...I was using my typical leader for the sinking line which is a very short (3') section of 30# fluro.
I tied a tapered leader of 30 - 20 - 15 and didn't have the problem again.
Thanks for the help - I'm not only impressed that you ok ID and fix the problem, but that you could do so from my poorly written post.
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