Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  10
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 22

Thread: Distance line

  1. #11

    Default Re: Distance line

    Help me understand this shooting head thing a bit....I have thought about the concept but don't really have a grasp on it.

    The way I see it, is you have a thin running line attached to a weighted head. You use that weighted head to create the energy and the thin line allows that head to shoot farther?

    If this is correct, is there any reason why I can simply cut the running line off of a standard floating line, leaving just the head, and attach that to the gelspun or dacron backing?
    Less likey, more green dots
    BrookFieldAngler.com

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    quiet corner, ct
    Posts
    8,607

    Default Re: Distance line

    That's the way that they did it in the "old days"
    Only one problem though, full lines cost more than shooting heads
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

  3. #13

    Default Re: Distance line

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    That's the way that they did it in the "old days"
    Only one problem though, full lines cost more than shooting heads
    True, but I have some line laying around that doesn't get used anymore so my net out of pocket this way is zero.

    I guess as long as I understand the concept then I am a happy camper.

    I suppose my next question would be regarding casting. If you go straight from weighted head to thin running line, wouldn't it create a sharp hinge in the line and hinder your loop?
    Less likey, more green dots
    BrookFieldAngler.com

  4. Default Re: Distance line

    A properly designed fly line has more tapers than you would think. For example, a WF line might start with a short level section, then the front taper, then the belly, then the start of the back taper, then the "holding line", then the continuation of the back taper, and finally the running line.

    The holding line or holding taper is a section that prevents the hinging you were speaking of. This also acts like "the tail of a kite", according to Marvin Hedge. It is not as thick as the belly, but thick enough to provide a smooth transition to the running line. It allows all the weight of the belly to be in the air, ready to pull the running line.
    Best regards,
    Reed

    http://overmywaders.com

  5. #15

    Default Re: Distance line

    Quote Originally Posted by brookfieldangler View Post
    I suppose my next question would be regarding casting. If you go straight from weighted head to thin running line, wouldn't it create a sharp hinge in the line and hinder your loop?
    What you'll find is that there is a 'sweet spot' of overhang that will fit your casting and rod nicely and allow you to shoot the running line with very few false casts and hauls.
    That overhang can be anywhere to where the head/running line connection is inside the rod tip to several feet outside of the rod tip.
    On the optimum overhang for you and your rig, trial and error is the only sure-fire way I know of to find it.

  6. Likes brookfieldangler liked this post
  7. Default Re: Distance line

    I've had great experience with RIO Outbound and I'm sure it would fit great for freshwater fishing for that TFO.

  8. Default Re: Distance line

    I don't have the SA Distance Taper, but I have the old SA XXD line which is very similiar to the Distance Taper.

    I had trouble with the line. When I switched from the old Rio Long Cast (if that's what it was called) I began to get a lot of tailing loops. To me, the line felt heavy. It was great for loading the rod quickly and casting into a breeze, but the Rio felt lighter. Therefore, I was able to carry more overhang.

    But that's just my experience.

    With my shooting head lines, if I have too much overhang I get a hinge when I shoot line on the back cast.

    Randy

  9. #18

    Default Re: Distance line

    so mostly when going with the shooting head, you pretty much just get it out past the tip an bit and shoot the rest.
    Less likey, more green dots
    BrookFieldAngler.com

  10. #19
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    3,848
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Distance line

    Quote Originally Posted by alex2 View Post
    Hello all,
    Could I get some expret advice for a floating line or maybe a shooting head system for great distance? Must be floating!
    Rod is a TFO BVK #8

    Thank you.
    Since no one asked the question, I'm going to ask it.

    What kind of flies do you intend on throwing?

    The right choice of fly line for you will depend on what is being thrown. Will you use sparse flies like a Crazy Charlie? Will you be using bulky flies like Umpqua Swimming Frogs? Longer and slender heads are wonderful for casting sparse flies. Shorter and heavier heads are better for bulky flies.

    You need to keep in mind that a rod and line make up a delivery system. If one piece of the system is off, your fishing day will be off.

    Dennis

  11. Default Re: Distance line

    If you're double hauling you have to have enough overhang outside the rod tip so that on your downward haul the line connector - where the running and head are joined - doesn't hit the rod tip. This is why most anglers prefer a 30' head, but then you'll probably have to overline your rod one or two weights.

    Randy

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-02-2012, 03:10 PM
  2. Drennan Distance Fly rod 10 carbon fishing line 8/9
    By Ebay Canada in forum Fly Rods for sale
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-25-2011, 10:30 AM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-24-2011, 05:21 PM
  4. SA Expert Distance Line...Price and Performance!
    By FrankB2 in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-22-2009, 09:59 AM
  5. Line wt vice distance
    By Tracker12 in forum Fly Lines
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-26-2009, 08:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •