Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Quebec Laurentians, Townships, Gaspe and NY
I recently made the switch over to gripshooters for all my shooting head setups but I think there is alot of credence to this theory, because if you leave too much shooting line available with such little resistance, the head just keeps flying without turning over as well. The smooth resistance of a coated running line against the guides actually slows the lower part of the loop's progression, thereby encouraging the top part to unfurl smoothly.
I only get a nice crisp turnover with mono by balancing the amount of available free shooting line to the reel with my intended casting distance, and the amount of power on the casting stroke. Dial-back the stroke power if the turnover is bouncing back too much, but if the reel-slap happens with the right amount of stripped mono right before the full cast distance is reached, the gentle reel-slap gives you that final flick of turnover.. The distance benefits of the mono is still realized, but there is a gentle give-and-take balance to maintain a smooth turnover and presentation.
Longer full lines or coated running lines are more graceful and require a little less pre-calculation (and stripping!), but allow you to go for distance with extra power from an aggressive d-loop and casting stroke instead.
I say six of one, half a dozen of the other. I just like the lightness and "reel-estate" I gain from the mono lines, and quite frankly the learning experience between coated and mono has been interesting and fun. And for those casting junk that just needs to get way out there and not be pretty, or intend to sink alot before the actual presentation, then I'd choose an ugly mono bomb cast anyways.
my 3 cents