Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Upper Peninsula Michigan
Well, I’m asking a similar question above!!! This far though, I have found I like my Scandi head with a long tapered leadered. Still working out the formulas, but I like the tapered leader to be the length of the rod. I’ve been using 50lb down to 12lb to achieve a good turnover, and the way the fly lands with a tapered leader is really nice.
But, I have done this with a Skagit as well for windy days. Skagit compact, 10’ homemade floating tip (essentially a floating MOW, 15’ tapered leader, on a 15’ rod. It’s awesome, and really rocks out there when the wind picks up!!
For you, using an 11’ rod, I’m not sure what lengths should be. I’ve only ever fished 12’6” rods to 15’ rods. Nor am I familiar with the head you have. With my setup, my Skagit with floater becomes 35’ ft before tapered leader, and my Scandi head (no tips) is 38’ before tapered leader. This has worked for 13’6” rods to 15’ rods for me. I suppose necking it all down for you might be good?? Hope this helps.....even a little!!
I only use the floating tip on the Skagit to get the desired length. It’s all about correct length for your anchor and casting stroke.....I’m sure you know all of this. But that’s how I gauge it. If the anchor is blowing then I know I’m too short. And if I can sweep and have the anchor straighten out in front of me before firing, then I know it isn’t too long.
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