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  1. Dan, you REALLY should keep casting the heavier line to head wind!!! Esa
  2. Mike I'm afraid I am to blain if Jim has felt bad because I have found long rods unnecessary and poor for SW fishing. But to think what would it feel even hold a 20ft rod upright on windy beach yet cast a fly line with it is there anyone who can take it seriously? Jim is big guy and did fish 16ft rod and I have been big too and have fished 15ft rods and it is not hopelessly bad but I won't do it anymore. I really miss those conversations because I am enthusiast person too. Long rod is good when also long line head is cast in the first place. Yes there comes more distance when short head is cast too but significantly less than will come when a heavier line is cast especially when casting to head wind. Rods intrests anglers and they are good business but when performance is considered caster comes first, line second and then after a cap comes the rod! Esa
  3. I need to TH cast 1.5 times heavier line to compensate the lost haul effect but using two hands there is practically no limit to line weight when rod is not too long and usually Pike don't mind how hard the line lands. There are lots of powerful TH lure rods which are also very cheap. I have many 10ft and 11ft spinning and casting rods which lure ratings are in 1oz to 4 oz window which I can use for DH Fly Pike fishing just taping the reel to the bottom fourth of the handle. I have made shooting heads from clothes lines and coaxial cables but they sink so I cast also heavy Skagit heads when fishing surface. Esa
  4. When line loop "runs" on fly line there stay tension on rod leg but when line loop approach leader and comes the time to start move line to other direction the tension is almost gone. Esa
  5. I think your back cast line loop comes better when you have pulled line out of water if I understand the sequence right. Or when your pull the line from water brings your rod more back and to lower angle (like you would have Drifted) which makes the following forward cast stroke longer and wider. Drifting is the best casting trick to increase distance! The back cast does not pre load the rod! Not when Skagit (Spey) casting or overhead casting. Esa
  6. If you like to cast long line line loops a DT is OK but it does not shoot well because it is thick. WF line needs to be shot when long cast is done. There are WF which rear taper is long and it is most versatile as it casts long line loops but also shoots OK shorter length out of rod tip. Often glassfiber rod limits line the loop length sooner than CF rod so it does not matter which line type is cast. Esa
  7. When OBS gets heavy it becomes challenging to fish without causing disturbance to where it lands because its front taper in only about five feet and has a bullet shape. Tying longer tapered leader which butt is thick improves casting and presentation but thick Nylon mono is stiff and should made soft boiling it is water which has some vinegar. Wulff triangle taper is better! I have cast Airflo Cold Saltwater Intermediate line in Tropic and it has been fine because its polyurethane goating stay quite hard. It has good behaving overall profile. About 40ft head which has 8ft front and rear tapers. My WF10 Int. weights about 400gr All lines get hot when sun heats a black reel but water is never too hot for line when wade fishing. Fishing on a boat the line can get hot but I haven't done it enough to say how for example AF CSW feels to cast. Esa
  8. To find nice line weight you can use many cheap materials like clothes lines, electric cables and thin ropes. I have used clothes line and electric cable shooting heads for fishing. Perhaps rope can be used in lawn casting wetting it first and then begin casting and it begins to shed water and becomes easier to cast and when it feels good take its weight but perhaps its wind resistance is too high to give right feel. Of course a scale is needed but it is one of the best investments a fly angler can do because fly lines can have big tolerances. Esa
  9. To reduce the wrist stress when single hand casting a Switch Rod putting the bottom handle inside shirt/jacket is one neat trick to increase forward cast force. Then the handle stay against the forearm increasing back cast force as well. Esa
  10. Mike, unfortunately I am a drop out class TH caster even here in Kerava A 14 year young girl did beat me perhaps 50ft last WC two years ago I had pulled my lower back muscle which had big effect there but I am not good TH distance caster and now I concentrate only to SH distance. I can TH cast narrow line loops and fast line loops but not on a same cast. When TH casting the rod tip begins to slow down very early phase which begins the line loop formation and differs from SH where haul can keep accelerating the line longer. So to cast narrow line loop the forward stop needs to be done quite early but then line speed suffers. Competition casters accelerate longer and then release the line when the line loop begins to form and using overhang the line loop does not widen too much. Making rod bend enough makes it possible to use very wide casting stroke without widening line loop too much and rod is bent using lots of force and/or heavy line. Yes competition casting is very different and lots of force is used to increase distance but it can be fun and has kept me in good fishing condition. It did improve my fishing casting skill when I began but not anymore because rods and line heads are longer what I use for fishing. But there was about five year period I used mostly TH rods when fishing salt water and it can be very windy here when fishing sea run trout and that time my TH rods did shorten from 15ft to 11ft. I fished also Pike using TH rod and big fly needed a very heavy line which was too hard to cast using long rod. Yes when wading deep a longer rod is easier to fish. Perhaps you remember one windy night when only us were out in Brewsters when my 11ft Vision TH rod broke. I was casting almost 700gr line which had been OK before but then after I tied a very big profile slappen fly I believe it did hit water behing me too much and it broke the rod. Heavier than 800gr line begins to be unnecessarily heavy even for me and my short rods. I have used 10ft rod and cast 1000gr line when fishing enoumous fly and very strong wind only two or three times. When I test your previous 14ft I did think I would have lined it close to 700gr. Esa
  11. Mike, I think your casting stroke was too narrow and line you cast was too light so there did not come enough line momentum. I have used about ten different 15ft DH rods when practicing ICSF Salmon distance where max 55g (848gr) floating shooting head is cast and the rods have had practically no effect to casting distance. Also head length and taper profile does not have much effect when it has been 55ft to 65ft long. Shorter head begins to shorten the cast and also longer when it hits ground too bad because of my very poor DH casting. I know that good DH casters can find positives and negatives between different rods and and find certain head profile better and can choose head length for current wind just before the heat. If you still have your TCR and cast 700gr line soon you will cast significantly longer than you cast 550gr line using your Out Front rods. Take both to WC and let Sakke and few other Finns who are really good to test cast them and it reveals the potential there is! Seeing Salmon and Spey competition casting will be a truly eye opener for you I know that guys say the TCR has too fast action and they will hate it for distance casting. I bring few 40ft...45ft, 650gr...800gr shooting heads I use for fishing. Esa
  12. It is difficult to say much of the rod without test casting or taking CCS measures so you should test it yourself! If it is fine with (only) 400gr line i think the difference is less than one hook size smaller fly make but it is possible to cast significantly heavier lines than manufacturers recommend especially short heads which have long front tapers. Lifting heavy line head from water comes more difficult but stripping line shorter makes it easy again and looping it to another finger and then releasing it to first back or forward false cast. I almost always begin my SH and TH overhead cast like that. When TH casting I hold the running line using both hand middle fingers and use top hand index finger to hold the line where it lifts easy to back cast but there can be other method which you like more. Esa
  13. Definitely very bad to be single hand cast!!! Rod has very small influence to casting performance but actual casting and fly line has huge influence! A 450gr line performs about the same a 9wt 300gr line which is single hand cast using hauling because haul can double the line energy. I can be even more spesific that in my hands I can deliver small fly in calm and to strong head wind better when I SH cast because hauled line loop comes narrow and hauled line velocity very fast and the lower drag of the small fly does not slow the line too much. Then the heavier line delivers big fly better because line momentum comes higher and its relative wind resistance is smaller. Also when casting to tail wind longer DH rod allows higher cast trajectory which has signifigant effect to tail wind cast length. Esa
  14. Why do you use that big knot when tying loop to the leader butt when it is never the weakest point? Esa
  15. Perhaps only with very big fly. Line heads which are heavy and lack front taper cause line loop overshoot. Esa