today i took a few buds of mine too a new pond, the fish here average about 2 to 3 pounds (oh baby!
) and of course i went to my fly rod before anything! i was casting and a slight wind was coming at me from about a 45 degree angle from my right. i was using my 8wt (from the flea market) with new 333 FW 8wt line. i could not cast for the life of me! i've only casted a few times before with this rod, it was with the wind, and i still wasn't getting much distance.
another factor might have been that i used 8 pound line as my leader, about 8 or 9 ft of it too. i was throwing a 4, 5, or 6(sorry can't remember) size hook woolly bugger, and i couldn't get anything going, i though it might be too heavy for some reason, so i switched to a popper (like such Mad River Outfitters - Swimming Frog
) but the same thing happened, i casted, and casted but i could not get the the thing to go out straight in front of me, not even if i turned to go a little more with the wind. what basically happened was my line would go out straight and my leader would go out to one side.
maybe i'm just a terrible caster all of a sudden, maybe its just a crappy rod since it is from the flea market, the leader i used, the length of the leader, or maybe 333 line is just cheap? what do you think my major problem was?
also i was thinking about getting a shooting head, despite the inaccuracy, i don't have much room on my reel however, so am i supposed to cut off some of my other line? and any recommendations of a type, or a brand to make one myself?
thank you all once more for putting up with me and my n00b questions, but i'm from a weak generation so its best i'm taught now so i can pass this all on to the next generation!