Join Date: Nov 2009
Assuming your looking at Scandi style casting /fishing.Most shooting heads perform at their best with a leader a bit longer than the length of the rod,the poly. will be integral to the length of the leader, but not to the weight of the shooting head.So I'd be looking say for a 15ft rod to have a 10ft poly and maybe 7 or 8 feet of cast material to the flee.If I were conscious of fishing at depth with a sinking head and poly,I'd shorten the cast material to say 5ft.Were I using a full tapered leader from a floating head,I'd happily use a 15ft tapered leader and another 5ft of cast material to the flee.I do sometimes use 15ft polys,but generally the 10ft polys live in my jacket pocket all the time.
If I'm using a Multi tip shooting head I prefer a 5ft poly and 5ft of cast material to the flee, simply matching the sink rate of the poly to that of the tip.I hasten to add not talking Skagity tips here, just the usual 15ft Versi tips.
If one is using sinking polys,it's usually for a reason and going too long with the cast material may well see your depth control adversely affected!.