Got the Skagit head & tips today.
Weather was terrible here (cool, rain, high wind), but I spooled everything on the reel and headed for the local lake for a test drive.
Tried 25kg braided dacron as backing/shooting line and after several casts I was doing as well as I had expected to, but had the feeling the dacron was holding back distance.
Came home and added 60' of Rio "Slick Shooter" between the backing and head.
Not a huge increase in distance, but I feel like it's an improvement.
Took my son along on the second trip to the lake (he took his spinning rod
- and caught a LM bass the first cast). I was getting better results with the shooting line (could also be I'm improving on my cast
) and slowly figured out the timing for a better cast. For me it was to slow down a bit and make the stop at the end of the cast a very positive stop. Had only about 30-35' of shooting line stripped off the reel, but I got that much out a few times.