Great Cast Bruce. I do know that longer lines are surprisingly effective at casting some pretty gnarly flies and tips. I've wondered if it is because all of the mass of the line spread out in the lenght, with the linespeed that can be created has something to do with it. ie, it takes mass to turn over mass, but in what form? I also wonder if longer lines dont have the edge in tight places, minus the stinking trees of course, because of the linespeed created when the anchor is so far in front.
I also think its good that you are challenging the status quo and I have basically come to the point where I question everything or at least experience it for myself. I seriously enjoy every form of casting and have learned how so many of them can be combined. I continue to keep an open mind, Sometimes I fall for the marketing and Parot the status quo without asking myself, Do I really know what I'm talking about???
... the pseudo-science of running-lines and matching heads has now devolved into such a miasma of obfuscation that it is a wonder that people are even not more confused....Erik Helm