12-16-2016, 08:31 PM
Re: Loading the rod
I've never cast a switch line, but just looked at the taper of one on the internet. I don't even know what switch casting is really, but I do know that lines designed for long carries look nothing like that one.
Also most people fishing the surf use lines with heads around 40 feet or less. Some prefer shooting heads of 30 feet.
For long carry casting in competition distance events they usually use Scientific Anglers MED's which have about a 70' head (but with a very gentle rear taper) or Bario competition lines which are nearly identical in length and similar in taper.
The switch line does not look to me like a good line for a long carry because the head weight is all to the rear of the taper - so I would expect that the radical change from skinny running line to big fat rear taper would not transfer energy well between the skinny line loop to the fat rear taper.
Distance is not just about carry either. The longer the carry, the more the sag. And the more the sag the more the slack and the more of the casting stroke that is taken up removing it, and the lower the fly dips on the forward cast.
Loop control, line speed, and timing are more important that carry - especially at low tide in a lot of places, or anywhere there are trees, rocks or even tall grass behind you.
It's one thing to "tic" the grass with fluff in a field practicing distance. It's another to "tic" a rock behind you with a hook. You won't be sticking any fish with it and it may not be re-sharpenable. So chuck that fly and tie on a new one after that fish disappears down the beach. Of course, nobody here has ever done that - but it is possible. ;>)
If there is no head wind, you can shoot shorter heads quite a long distance and it requires no false casting.
As Silver said, the more false casting, the more chances for a screw up.