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Old 02-15-2009, 05:40 PM
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Question Shooting Head Length?

Got a Rio shooting line, 100' .035" intermediate, and a 40' Rio T-8 head for my Winston BIIMX 8 wt. How do you calculate what length to cut the head at? Also, when shooting how much of the head should be out of the top eye before the initial back cast. Was trying w/the whole head out and about 2' of running line, because the loop to loop connection kept getting caught in the guides. but trying to get it to lay out in the backcast was not happening.
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Maddy, are you sure it's not 30 feet? I think the Rio t8 is 30 not 40 feet, (and most SH are 30 feet).

The T8 weighs in at 8 grains a foot, so a 30 foot head would put it at 240 grains. But it is not uncommon-- in fact I'd say more common than not, to overline shooting heads usually by 2 line weights, which would be 280 grains with an 8 weight rod.

wt /grains (tolerance)
8 /210 (202 to 218)
9 /240 (230 to 250)
10 /280 (270 to 290)

It will definitely dump if there is too much running line out of the tip. I usually keep the running line inside the tip top until the release. Then it's supposed to rocket out of there. When you tried it inside in the tip and you tried to shoot it snagged on the guides-- but was it ripping? That will at least give you a sense of how much forward momentum is being generated. I'd try tinkering with the loops first. They have to get through those guides easily both casting and fighting fish. Don't know what you're fishing for, but if you're throwing a t8 I imagine some of those fish might get close to the boat an decide to take off again. If they run more than 30 feet you might have a problem with those loops (or guides). Most SW rods tend to have oversized guides to pas knots and loops just for this reason.

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