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  1. Default Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    I spent all summer trying to cast a highly regarded 10wt as suggested on the StripersOnline forum but my casting is too poor to move that amount of line on a fast action rod. I could have done as good casting a flag pole.

    Is there a 9wt/10wt that's in the medium-fast range where I can let the rod help me cast these lines? I was eyeing a used Thomas & Thomas Horizon II 9' 9wt for fishing a swift current river for salmon. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    From past experience the T & T rods are pretty 'stiff' so you may well be back at square one. A 9 or 10 wt rod (at 10 foot or over) will give your shoulder a good work out. Given what's in your initial post I'd suggest you drop back to a 8wt. You can handle a hell of a big fish on one of those.

    If your target fish is really BIG (mid teens and up) there a 9wt would be more in order ...... just my random .02 cents.
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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    What 10 wt. was it and what line did you have on it? Just out of curiousity, what is it you think is wrong with your cast?

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    It was a Colton Tradewinds 10wt, I was casting a 10wt floating line, and two different Rio's - and Outbound short and a ghost sink tip. It didn't seem like even these heavier heads were loading the rod and I was having trouble keeping it in the air.

    I have a GLX 3wt and a Sage SP 5wt that I have no issues with but with this 10wt, I was having to work a lot more than I wanted to. I would think a bit slower action rod would serve me a bit better.

    The Thomas & Thomas Horizon II 9wt I was looking at is listed as a mediun-fadt action, I thought it might work better for me. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    Quote Originally Posted by tpcollins View Post
    Is there a 9wt/10wt that's in the medium-fast range where I can let the rod help me cast these lines?
    Winston BIIX or BIIIX. They say "fast," but they really aren't. Diver Dan could back this up. He has a Winston BIIX.

    Orvis Access Mid-flex is another good one, if you're looking for something in the cheaper range. These are just suggestions. You'll want to get out and cast them, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpcollins View Post
    It was a Colton Tradewinds 10wt, I was casting a 10wt floating line, and two different Rio's - and Outbound short and a ghost sink tip.
    Even a Rio Outbound Short on my Flying Pig 8wt loaded great and shot a lot of line. Is that Colton a broomstick? It sounds like it has an extremely hight ERN, almost like it's another weight or two up... and according to this site, the ERN could be 13.41! Bought a 10wt with an 13.41 ERN !

    This would explain the hard time you're having with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delopez;511726 Is that Colton a broomstick? It sounds like it has an extremely hight ERN, almost like it's another weight or two up... and according to this site, the ERN could be 13.41! [url=http://rodbuilding.org/read.php?2,373259,373388
    Bought a 10wt with an 13.41 ERN ![/url]

    This would explain the hard time you're having with it.
    That was MY post on rod building.org a year ago! I've got as much in my 3 different 10wt lines than I do in the Colton 10wt. I would think if the line properly loads the rod, even a hillbilly like me ought to be able to keep the line in the air and cast it good enough. I just need to find what rod that is . . .

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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    Nice. I should have read ahead a bit. I'm at work and trying to do some quick research.

    Maybe it would be worth trying an 11 or 12 weight Outbound on there? I love that line because it allows me to lift the fly out of the water to one backcast, single haul, and I'm out 70ish feet again. However, the rio pike line isn't much different. I can do the same with it.

    I should have read on a bit. My apologies.

    I forget to toss in the BVK 10wt, also. It's a cheaper solution and it loaded nice with 10wt Titan Taper that I had on it.

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    Just out of curiosity, have you tried something longer? Say a 40 - 60ft head? I've noticed that casting a bit longer head has allowed some of my previous rods to feel like they're loading better... These are just suggestions for thought. I'm just trying to help the best I can. But, I don't know the rod, so I can only go off of the rods that I've owned and/or casted.

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    sent you a pm on a rod

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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    That 13.41 ERN is I'm sure why you are having trouble. This kind of ERN is meant to have a lot of carry (large amount of line in the air) to load the rod. A line that's a 10 wt. line and a short head are going to give you serious trouble. To make the rod you have work you need a really long belly line and carry a lot before shooting. You need high line speed and a longer stroke. A little 10/2 won't cut it. If you tried a much heavier line you would like that rod more. A 13 wt. Tarpon line or something. Unless you are capable of getting a ton of line in the air, you are going to have trouble with that rod and a 10 wt. line.

    One last suggestion is to work on your casting. You will not be sorry for the time you invest in improving your cast.

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    Default Re: Any 10wt suggestions for a poor caster?

    I have the orvis clearwater with the hydros line and it is butter smooth. 50-60' is not a huge deal for it to cast. I got mine for Atlantic Salmon.
    John L.

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    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

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