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  1. Outbound does not have the profile it is pictured to have. Both OB and OBS have about 5ft front tapers and 4ft rear tapers and level in between andh ead lengths are about 36.5ft and 33ft. So the line loop straightens very powerfully which is good when fly is big but with small fly casting comes glumsy. I like rear weight biased delta taper when the line head is heavy and short because its line loop straightens smoother and still straightens very big fly. However I think Airflo Cold SW has very good profile for overall use having about 40ft head which has 8ft front and rear tapers and level in between. My current favorite WF line is Airflo CAST which has very long rear taper just like I had wrote how the AF Cold SW would come even better. Esa
  2. I believe 100% it would but I know also 100% it is very difficult for me to use this method to remove twists Esa
  3. Haul efficiency comes better when it is timed right which is late because then it still accelerates the line which rod has already accelerated and when rod already straightens. Yes haul delays rod tip straightening speed but it is still significantly better than if haul is done too early because then haul tends to increase rod bend which leads to poor line acceleration because rod bends backwards. It is essential not to finish haul before rod has straightened because it can lead to a lateTailing Loop when rod tip straightens fast and rise and it shows more when line loop has aleady eached the leader. There can come a late TL if rod is stopped too high so it might require thinking which one leads to late TL and it can be little of both. Early TL which comes because of too abrupt acceleration is easier to understand. It is possible to make early TL using fast haul in the beginning. Haul should have no effect to line twist. Yes there can be pure Overhead casting using straight upright rod and Oval/Belgian casting where back cast is done using heavily sideways tilted rod and where forward cast is also done rod tilted sideways to avoid line hit but there can be everything in between where back cast is tilted slightly more than forward cast which should be good to learn. I think Oval casting twists line bit more than casting rod perfectly upright but sometimes OC is better and I just remove twists after a cast. I remember few fish which I noticed had bite when there came this five second longer pause before I began stripping so I understood fish were deeper and I should have needed to wait after the cast Esa
  4. I too think Clearwater rods are best cheap brand rods and as nice to cast and fish than some $800 rods because they are light. Components are cheap but Orvis warranty is good. I have four Helios and now I think how clever it was to pay much more although they were diacounted or second hand? And yes Paul Arden SL Masterclass casting lesson videos most are excellent and the rest are very good but follow the order because using just good functioning grip is important. Esa
  5. Sage Bass II was great when I test cast it and felt light but I did not scale it. I bought Recon 7'11'' #10 because it was lighter (3.80oz) than Shortstik #9/10 (4.66oz) and it is best short rod I have cast and was only $50 more than Shortstik. 400gr to 450gr lines are not too heavy but deliver big flyes long way Esa
  6. Notice that it is 170 British pounds which comes 197 Euros but it is still good buy! Esa
  7. Yes the O-ring is placed wrong. There is another flaw which does not show in the picture but IMO there is at least one feet too much blank Esa
  8. The CCS comes very clear when you measure your own rods which you already know well if you also know the line head weights. Also Moment Of Inertia or at least section weights are good measures too which releals how advanced build technology the blank is but there the guides and wrappings need to be estimated. Then you get a very good idea of a rod when you see its IP, AA and section weights. Then later you can quite accurately learn to say IP, AA and swing weight of a rod when you cast a line you know well. Esa
  9. It comes 100m (330ft )length when two spool set is bought and I make three 30m (110ft) lengths and use an Allbright knot to connect with backing and Perfection loop to shooting line. I cut about three feet away now and then and when it shortens to 23m I turn it other way around and when it still shortens and starts to shoot to backing I put a new. This way I get very many trips and its higher price turns cheap. The fish I fish do not require too hard hook set but yes it is slippery at first but when the shine wears out it is easy to hold. Then it also comes easier to stetch straight when fishing begins. Esa
  10. I think that is very good buy! Esa
  11. It is Airflo Ridge Cold Saltwater and Garry Evans sell it for £44.99. Sometimes it comes for less but if you already buy a rod the postage should not go higher than £25 for rod alone and if you buy Airflo reel and line the backing comes free. Search other shops too but GE has been good for me. John Norris is another I have shopped quite often. Esa
  12. For fishing I use Sawada Flat Beam Intermediate. 35lbs for single hand and switch rod setups and 50lbs for DH rod setups. There is no pairing needed but lighter heads cast better with lighter shooting line. I have tried many shooting lines but Sawada FB I is best because it is stiff so it does not tangle hardly ever and its stretch is low too so contact with fly and fish is good. Esa
  13. Thin mono shooting line has positive effect to casting range which is about the same what one line weight class heavier line does. So when there is no wind a 9wt 300gr shooting line casts about the same a WF10 line does. But when casting to tail wind light mono SL shoots significantly better but unfortunately tail wind is rare when SW fishing. It is the shooting/running line weight which line head needs to accelerate which waste cast energy. Friction against guides and blank also waste energy but in my tests its effect is smaller than the weight of shot line. And then when casting to common head wind the difference between WF and SH gets smaller but it seems SH is still slightly better and using longer overhand length which head wind makes possible favors a SH use. Only major disadvantage of thin mono SL is that it does not stay in stripping basket when it is windy. In longer line tray spikes the mono SL stays better but when it is very windy coiling mono line to line hand fingers or changing to a coated SL are good options. Lengthening overhang is the trick where more casting distance is quite easy to achieve using both a WF and a SH! When there is length of thin line between rod tip and line head there come few positives: Tailing Loop lessens! More common TL comes when the beginning of the casting stroke is too abrupt and rod bends more than needed and rod span shortens fast and sends a TL wave to the line but when there is longer length of light line before the line head mass follows there comes smaller TL wave. Somebody might think that it is not good to cast TL because it is a fault but the thruth is that when very long cast is a goal some TL comes very easy. Also using overhang it is possible to use wider casting stroke without line loop size increase when rod tip path which evidently turns more and more down does not pull the following line head end down full effect. Another TL which is rarer but comes if haul is finished too early before rod has straightened causing fast rise of rod tip is a major casting fault and should be fixed although overhand can mask it slightly. Also stopping rod too high can cause TL when rod tip rise fast. One more positive is that there comes less need to shoot line when some of it is already out if rod tip as an overhang. Esa
  14. Now some speculation how money can buy a little bit of performance using the above statistics. Bluetooth is used to cast WF8 line which head weights 260gr. Helios is 17% stiffer so it can used to cast one weight class heavier WF9 head which is 300gr and 15,4% more so both bend about the same and no overload symptoms exist. 40gr = 2.6g heavier. Helios tip is 0.96g lighter but when it bends it comes closer so I use 0.7g of the saved weight for heavier line. Second section is 2.8g lighter but it is closer so I use only 2g of saved weight. Third section is 4g lighter but it is even closer so I use only 1g saved weight totalling 3.7g so casting 2.6g heavier weight can "feel" even lighter and Helios could be used to cast even heavier line than this 3.7g example because blank bends slightly less because it is lighter and stiffer. Earlier I wrote my finding that one line weight class increase distance 4% to 5% and from very good 8wt 80ft cast the distance increase to 83ft or even 84ft and no more effort is need. Discounted Helios did cost $500 and discounted Bluetooth $140 so one feet of more distance costs about $100...$120. Esa
  15. The Common Cents System and other statistics: Airflo Bluetooth Nano 9' #8/9: IP=154g, AA=68, length 2755mm, weights: butt 84.3g + 24.2g + 12.3g + tip 5.58g = 126.38g Orvis Clearwater 9' #8: IP=153g, AA=65, length 2738mm, weights: butt 67.4g + 20.7g + 9.9g + tip 4.75g = 102.75g Orvis Helios 9' #8: IP=181g, AA=65, length 2745mm, weights: butt 58.23g + 20.23g + 9.45g + tip 4.62g = 92.53g This proofs that Nanotechnology does not make blanks light although Bluetooth snakes are thicker and bigger than Clearwater snakes. Bluetooth reel seat looks stronger and is perhaps 10g heavier than Clearwater reel seat. Orvis Clearwater is very light and when compared to Helios obviously its cork and reel seat are heavier. Helios is stiffer but it does not incease weight. Clearwater top three sections are only slightly heavier than Helios and obviously it comes from steel snakes against Helios very thin titanium composite snakes. Esa