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OPST Commando Review part II

These things really fly I Apologize for my public speaking skills and for scaring the fish and for banging it too hard and for the myriad of ways my casting may offend you. Peace out.
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They show great promise, in my case using bamboo; however not a fan of the spearmint colour, although it seems to film/ video well.. an overnight soak in warm brown Rit dye sorts it out.

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They show great promise, in my case using bamboo; however not a fan of the spearmint colour, although it seems to film/ video well.. an overnight soak in warm brown Rit dye sorts it out.

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That turned out nice!

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"Really Fly" is that meant to be a link to a video....if it is. it wont open for me.....???

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"Really Fly" is that meant to be a link to a video....if it is. it wont open for me.....???

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Same here, dead link.

This one should work - http://linespeedjedi.com/opst-pure-s...do-head-review

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Thanks Maaate..... that worked fine.

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Great idea how to die a line. I'll have to try that.
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Same here, dead link.

This one should work - http://linespeedjedi.com/opst-pure-s...do-head-review
Hey thanks guys, I've been off the grid for a bit. I owe you one JonT.
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Hey thanks guys, I've been off the grid for a bit. I owe you one JonT.
One what ??, Beer,Scotch,Fireball,Box of flies....etc....,,,,standby JonT

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Hey thanks guys, I've been off the grid for a bit. I owe you one JonT.
I'll let you know when I start heading shortly east to the Deschutes this fall...
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SkagitMiester,

Perry Poke video:
Why are you casting the anchor out in front of your position?
Suggest you place the anchor and just drop the rod vertically and not make a forward cast motion.

The head is so short it is difficult to make an efficient D loop.

I like the anchor to my side or slightly to the rear,, in that case an efficient D loop can be formed and a slower CMCL will allow a nice forward cast with less timing issues.

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Perry Poke video:
Why are you casting the anchor out in front of your position?
Suggest you place the anchor and just drop the rod vertically and not make a forward cast motion.

The head is so short it is difficult to make an efficient D loop.

I like the anchor to my side or slightly to the rear,, in that case an efficient D loop can be formed and a slower CMCL will allow a nice forward cast with less timing issues.

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I can't speak for him but sometimes I make my perry pokes like that so that my anchor doesn't drift too close to me if I'm in faster water.
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Perry Poke video:
Why are you casting the anchor out in front of your position?
Suggest you place the anchor and just drop the rod vertically and not make a forward cast motion.

The head is so short it is difficult to make an efficient D loop.

I like the anchor to my side or slightly to the rear,, in that case an efficient D loop can be formed and a slower CMCL will allow a nice forward cast with less timing issues.

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Anchor positions out in front of you always generate higher line speed though. That's basic physics of the cast.
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HI Fred, sorry it took so long to get to this I've kinda been off the grid a bunch lately. I prefer the anchor out in front and am constantly experimenting with how for in front I can get it in the oft chance a high bank sneeks up behind me. Good practice and generates lots of power. The anchor usually slides back a little too, so before the launch its not so far forward.

If I"m casting really big stuff in which case I set my anchor as you suggest and employ a little more of the cm/cl like you prefer but I use less line tear and keep the rod tip up and line off the water in a high slow sweep...just seems to work for me, don't know if its correct or not but that's how I lean these days.

Another thing about these heads is yes they are short but they seem to be correct Skagit length for single handers. I'm using an 8' (ish) rod in the video. I find the heads a little on the long side for serious stripping applications and I'm experimenting with shorter ones...but not yet crossing the line into spin fishing with a chunk of fly line...yet

Thanks Fred for watching and commenting, I always appreciate and covet your commentary!

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SkagitMiester,

I have experimented with ultra short heads for both SH & DH rods for 7-8 years.
Early on it was RIO sinking Versileaders Spey leaders on 0wt & 1wt trout rods,
In addition, cut up old lins into 16ft-12ft shooting heads for softer 4wt Sey rods.
Used the 4wt & 5wt Ambush heads since they were introduced on soft 4wt Spey rods.

Whwn the RIO Skagit Trout & OPST lines were introduced, I purchased full sets of both.

On my local river pool did an afternoon experimenting with 3wt Spey and SH 2, 3 wt rods.
The little SH rods would cast a bright yellow size 2 Zoo Cougar 50-60 ft with ease.

Walking back to my SUV an older guy came stomping up to me with a mean expression,,,, quickly changed to a smile when he saw the bundle of fly rods.
He stated that he thouht I was spincasting in a fly only area and was going to chew me out, Could not believe how the 7ft SH rods would cast a large fly that easily.

There is no right way or wrong way to cast a fly line, if you are happy,,, continue.
You postinging and videos tell me that you like to experiment and are a student of casting,,, please take my blunt comments as constructive. I mainly fish with 10'6" - 11'+ rods and my individual style reflects my comments.

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