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Old 06-10-2007, 01:21 PM
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Short shooting heads are quick casting and can be useful,for instance to turn over big flies if the grains are high enough. They are also good for quick reaction casts.

On the downside they don't carry well false casting and have limited range - if the amount of energy passed into the loop from the rod is more than 24 feet of taper can handle it 'runs out of runway' hence the whip effect.

As bonehead points out increasing the leader will help because as the line and leader tapers it dissipates energy and softens the turnover. It's an air brake of sorts.

I prefer a longer head 35-38 ft when using heads.

I am not familiar with T130 - what is it? Sounds like T14 on steriods!
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