Thanks for the reply! I found Steve’s contact info and will be sending him an email later today.Oh Wow a question
First off, the Z line I get through Steve Godshall at the RB Meiser Fly Rods shop in Medford OR. A quick google will provide contact info and ask for Steve, once on the line with him you can get Z-9 or Z - 12 or Z - 15 and the material is weldable. That's why I use it, because Steve had it and recommended it to me.
To start out I’m definitely going to be trying this technique with a 9 foot rod. If I think I could benefit a lot from a longer rod I’ll definitely consider getting one to try some single hand spey or trout spey techniques. I do plan on trying to really stick with it since I’ve been wanting to get into streamer fishing for awhile now and this is the first video that’s really made a lot of sense to me.The lengths of these mini heads at 4 feet may be a bit much for a 9 foot rod unless you are good at adapting and compensating in your casting. They are also not what I would recommend for repeated overhead false casting because that can be hard on connections and create a hinging effect on long casts. I've always used this sink tip system with either single handed Spey or 2 hand casting techniques but experimented enough to know it's not pleasant for overhead distance casts although not much different than the old lines that had an integrated 15 foot sink tip on them.
If you're using 9 foot rods I'd go to 3 foot sinking sections of Z-12 or T-11 which will provide 36 or 33 grains of weight respectively. If the water becomes more shallow and you start hanging up just alter your position and the angle of the cast presentation from across with mends to downstream with no mends and allow the current and swing speed to keep the fly off the bottom. Does that make sense?
Those braided loops look really interesting and once you have some time to make them I’d love to get on your waitlist for them. I’m hoping to get out a couple times a week for the next couple weeks to try this technique out. I think it’ll do really good with the muddy water were starting to see on most of the freestones here right now. After I have some real fishing experience with it if I have more questions I’ll definitely take you up on that phone call. Thanks again!Regarding the double braided loops? I have the materials in black (for sink tips) white and orange and have it in sizes ranging; 25 - 35 and 50 pound. What I don't have at the moment is time to make all the dozens of them that people would like to have. I am hoping to find a few days between now and June to spend making up a bunch and will then reach out to many who are wanting them. They are an interesting little gizmo.
I hope this post covered your questions without confusing matters, if you pursue this technique and stick with it I think you'll find it to be normal after a short time at it. I'm always willing to get on the phone with people to help fine tune things if they want.