Gordon, you make me weaken with posts like
So plenty of room for both approaches - but posts like your's don't help as I can feel my self slipping back & digging out the 16 footers & 80 ft heads.
Just remember I'm not 30-something any more (OK, I'm not 40-something either.....) so when I fall asleep in the bar in the evening, knackered after a day with the big kit, it's your' fault remember!
PS, isn't the passage of time an absolute swine! T.☹️
I think Tykes whole post nailed it precisely I just like this last part the most. You are a salty dog Tyke and you know the game well!!
Tim your casting looks very good. You've put a lot of time in and it's paid off. Everyone I mean everyone makes the same mistakes in form. What separates us is how often we do. Anyone who thinks differently is full of it. You look pretty relaxed and your loops are tight and you can deliver where you need to. I hope you consider yourself accomplished and take pride in that. You've earned it
As for long heads and short heads they both have a place and anyone who doesn't use a short head as a tool for the appropriate venue is missing out big time. I've been using a switch 375 head from Beulah on my 13'6 7/8 with 6-9ft of Z7 (4.6ips) and it is a joy!
If I switch to a floating poly leader, again an absolute treasure to cast. I can bush wack in tight corners with little room and side arm tight loops 100feet with little effort. It will carry large weighted flies if required. And wind doesn't deter the line like a full long belly.
For those interested I had the gaul to call Beulah up and ask to borrow their new arrow head series which hasn't been released yet. James who is the man over there and an intelligent and prudent individual, was taken aback but after persisting he said he would permit me to borrow the 390 and 420 in a few weeks after the guides return them.
Beulah is a very intelligent company that really thinks outside the box. I like their lines: switch lines for Spey rods, Spey lines for Spey rods, and
mid belly for Spey rods so much I'm buying them all and doubling up on the ones I use the most. When you have a good thing . . . .
Technology in the Spey world has yielded great benefits especially for new anglers. The learning curve was shortened and a heck of a lot easier than it used to be. But there remains finesse and a lot of wisdom about fishing. Which is more than merely casting.
What's interesting is that the traditional methods are just as effective now as they were then but we have more tools in our kit to provide more opportunities to fish water you just would find difficult if you relegate yourself to be an angler who stubbornly fishes one way only. Unless that's all you need of course