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Shooting HEad size Need help

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I just got a TH 8wt  11' for the bay,i want to get an OPST SH for it,would 475 gr do the trick??

it's on sale at Cabellas

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Someone should have answered this question already! Where's the TH specialists with all there knowledge? Mike or whoever.....??? Do a search on the Forum 

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Jimmy

 

Is this a spey Line rated 8wt.  Reason I ask is that some TH  rods are rated in single hand lines. What rod do you have?

 

You can go to OPST web site and they do a rod line chart.

 

The other parameter is how long is this head you are looking at.

 

For an 11 foot rod 33 feet is about as much as I would want to go.

 

Do you have lines already around 400 or 500 grains if so give them a whirl.

 

Back yard is never best place to evaluate. Ocean is the best proving ground.

 

Mike

 

 

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3 mins ago, jimmythe bee said:

I found an OPST chart , they say 375g  with a t-11t-14   mow tip.

this SH stuff is complicated

Ok look it’s not complicated unless you make it that way.

 

If you are going to be over head casting you need to add the weight of the tip to the SH.

 

A SH is only a head of a fly line with no running line integrated into it.

 

Excepy when like a Skagit line it is designed to work with a tip section.

 

For an 8 wt Spey rod you should be able to find a single hand line  say an 11 wt which will cast ok with it. You can get more choice with head lengths and also floating or sinking rate types.

 

Mike

 

 

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Head start with 24 to 30’ length 2 line sizes heavier then your rod !  If your learning to cast  the head  opt for 24’  version . Use the KISS principle !  Many rods vary in capacity to carry the correct size !  I would go to local fly shop and cast a couple to get it right , one size does not fit all !   

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I bought a Chinese rod for 80 bucks,and i'd love to try heads out but who does this in queens or LI?

being away from fly fishing for years I consider myself a beginner, especially with all these new casting options.

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Ok jimmy I hear you. Have you got a 10 or eleven weight single hand rod line. If not do you know anyone who can lend you one.

 

Just try one of these std lines. 

 

Without feeling your rod its difficult to suggest the right line.

 

I am guessing that it is not likely to be overly powerful given its origin and price.

 

You don’t want to over load your rod. It will make casting a chore.

 

mike

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41 mins ago, Mike Oliver said:

Ok jimmy I hear you. Have you got a 10 or eleven weight single hand rod line. If not do you know anyone who can lend you one.

 

Just try one of these std lines. 

 

Without feeling your rod its difficult to suggest the right line.

 

I am guessing that it is not likely to be overly powerful given its origin and price.

 

You don’t want to over load your rod. It will make casting a chore.

 

mike

I want the option of two hand casting, easier on the arms.

if wading rivers were available a SH 4 wgt would be just fine, my work is mobile and the long island sound is the most available water.i try to fish when I have time available during the day.

watching guys shooting heads a mile is very enticing, if I can learn the technique

 

ps  I have a Skagit max Shooting head    300 gr   20 ft  that I got off amazon---chinese

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Jimmy

 

Not suggesting you go to a single hand rod only a single hand rod rated line.

 

For a spey rod rated as an 8wt that is roughly a 11 wt single hand line.

 

Those are easy to find.

 

 

SH are fine in anything other  than a head wind.

 

If you are watching single hand rod Casters using SH they will be able to generate significant line speed by using a good double haul. That is not an option with a Two Hander.

mike

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17 mins ago, Mike Oliver said:

Jimmy

 

Not suggesting you go to a single hand rod only a single hand rod rated line.

 

For a spey rod rated as an 8wt that is roughly a 11 wt single hand line.

 

Those are easy to find.

 

 

SH are fine in anything other  than a head wind.

 

If you are watching single hand rod Casters using SH they will be able to generate significant line speed by using a good double haul. That is not an option with a Two Hander.

mike

i'll look for the heavy line ,i'll be up near a few fishing shops today.

 

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On ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 7:59 AM, Mike Oliver said:

Jimmy

 

Not suggesting you go to a single hand rod only a single hand rod rated line.

 

For a spey rod rated as an 8wt that is roughly a 11 wt single hand line.

 

Those are easy to find.

 

 

SH are fine in anything other  than a head wind.

 

If you are watching single hand rod Casters using SH they will be able to generate significant line speed by using a good double haul. That is not an option with a Two Hander.

mike

I got a 12 wt line on amazon, working well in the pond across the street--loading the rod nicely with SH cast

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4 mins ago, Mike Oliver said:

Jimmy

 

There you go. Good stuff. Enjoy.

 

Mike

now I just need some fish!:laugh:   Thanks for the advice:howdy:

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