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Old 08-02-2004, 06:50 AM
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Two-handed overhead casting - 'red zone' spacer idea

When casting two-handed, or any casting for that matter - the overhang of running line past the tip is a handy way to extend the line and increase the load on the rod for the final forward cast. It's common to shoot 5-15 ft of thin stuff into the backcast just before the forward cast and shoot.

The problem is that it's too thin and most often causes a hinge, killing the cast. You need to (a) know where the limits are and (b) provide a more substantial material that hinges less.

Factory lines solve this by having a longer back taper, but the fishing (surf) often calls for a short head to punch big flies that have been stripped all the way in during each cast and I am not aware of a line with this configuration - short dense head with long back taper, different color. The lines we generally use are aggressive short heads (tarpon style lines) or shooting heads, and neither has much of a back taper if at all. In fact they are often 'square', or very abrupt. The running lines are very thin too... hinge city unless we stick to the head length, which as mentioned above needs to be short.

So here's an experiment I am planning - a 'red zone' segment in between. Either a reversed taper off a scrap line or just a beefy running line segment spliced in. The idea is to add a section of line that is the right length for the final slip-shoot technique so that when the end is at the hands the right amount is in the air for max loading. It's visually and mechanically functional for making the longest hinge-free casts with a two-handed rod.

I want it to:
  • have a different color for visual queue
  • exhibit no noticable hinging
  • be friction free (blind spliced) to the running line
  • be adaptable to multiple shooting heads

So here's how it would go:

- strip the fly in, no fish this time
- flip the head out for the next cast
- pick up the line with a backcast
- one false cast, more if you are uncomfortable with a single
- shoot the line into the backcast to the end of the 'red zone' segment
- make forward cast from a repeatable and reliable length for max distance

Anyone ever run into a production line with these characteristics before I get scissor-happy?
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