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Old 07-09-2008, 11:37 PM
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Shooting head set up

Just an observation/question since my observations are generally wrong.

When casting a shooting head - intergrated or not. I have observed that the best casts occur when the full length of the head is outside the tip with very minimal overhang.

However -

It is far easier to generate power when some (3-5') of the head is inside the tip. It is almost as though the stouter line transfers the energy to the rest of the head better.

Is this true? Or is it just an illusion because a 30' head is easier to control than a 35' head?

The reason I'm asking is because I want to try a new line for my two-hander. I am going to buy a 750gr Skagit line and there are a few ways I can set it up.

First just buy the full line and use it as is.

Buy just the Skagit head and loop it to my perfered running line the Airflo ridge line (I like Rio Lines - but the Outbound for instance has a running line that sucks ass so I generally hack the line and loop it to the Airflo ridge line...its like putting D'angelos subs into Subway breads the best of both worlds.)

Or I have a 11/12/13 Windcutter that I don't use. I figure I could cut it with 6-7' of belly, and loop the head (or just braid marry it.) Now when I cast I'd have the full mass of the Skagit head outside the tip, plus 6 or so feet of belly inside to help power the cast - assuming that actually does help power it.

Any thoughts?
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