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I have been using an airflo Scandi compact for the last couple years as my summer dry line but lately I have been thinking about making the jump to something longer. It seems like the aerohead would be a good place to start but I wanted to hear what others thought. Is casting one that much different than casting a Scandi head? I’m using a 7130 Sage Mod.
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Yes, I’d say significantly different. Try the 510 gr on that rod. The aero heads are a good entry point into short belly lines.

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I'd agree that there are significant differences, it's a great line though. You could also look at the ballistic vector and vector XL as options.

If you're not already using single speys and snake rolls, I'd work on them.
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The vectors are sweet! But I’d say a little more “high maintenance “ than the aero heads which are super easy to cast. When you are comfortable with one of those you can grduate to the vectors as the next step.

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I’ll check out the vectors too. My single Spey and snake roll are pretty decent with the Scandi head but I’m not sure how well that will transition over to the longer head. But I’m really excited to try one especially for fishing on the surface.

I’m currently using full floating poly leaders with the Scandi for my surface fishing. Would these lines like a tapered mono leader better?
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Save yourself the money and stick with tapered mono. Especially for surface work.

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I’ll check out the vectors too. My single Spey and snake roll are pretty decent with the Scandi head but I’m not sure how well that will transition over to the longer head. But I’m really excited to try one especially for fishing on the surface.

I’m currently using full floating poly leaders with the Scandi for my surface fishing. Would these lines like a tapered mono leader better?
Yes, designed with rod length and greater tapered mono leaders in mind, but like scandi heads can handle light polys in a pinch.

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Surprised nobody's mentioned Fall Favorite 45s, 55s yet.
They are go-to options for me for exactly this kind of thing.

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Yes the FF are kind of in this category - easiest of all to cast of the three, least delicate. Cast a FF alongside an aero head, which I once did all day for almost two weeks, and the difference will be clear. But a FF might also be a good pathway drug to more traditional short belly lines.

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Surprised nobody's mentioned Fall Favorite 45s, 55s yet.
They are go-to options for me for exactly this kind of thing.
One issue I have with Nextcast lines currently is the idea of spending $100 for a head! The Aero Head is expensive enough in a head option, but as the price starts to creep up any higher I can really only seriously consider it if it is a full line. Just my personal tastes/budget constraints. Although I am a fan of both btw, for surface presentations I actually find the old Delta lines, and the new Rio shorthead spey lines are much smoother/softer landing for me.

For the OP, I’ll chime in about the ease of transition from Scandi lines to the Aero Head. Fully agree that it is a very easy line to transition to “longish” lines, as are the Nextcast FF and WA. I’m no expert caster by any stretch, and I’m currently having a ball with a 12’6” 3/4/5 Highlander Classic with a 5/6 Aero. If anything I keep finding I wish the head were just a few feet longer, even with my extremely rusty casting technique...
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I have been using an airflo Scandi compact for the last couple years as my summer dry line but lately I have been thinking about making the jump to something longer. It seems like the aerohead would be a good place to start but I wanted to hear what others thought. Is casting one that much different than casting a Scandi head? I’m using a 7130 Sage Mod.
The Aerohead is a good place to start, because that is precisely what it was designed for. Shorter rods are becoming the norm and a line that has the length of a short head but the weight of a chubby Scandi will help casters feel the load, while not overwhelming them with 65' head on a 13 foot rod. As others will confirm, you can absolutely cast 65' heads on a 13' rod, but the learning curve is not kind when most folks have been fishing a 22 foot head with a 10 foot sink tip. Hence the Aerohead.
It also makes for a killer dry-line on 'tweener' rods. Example; I own a 14' NRX 6/7 and I almost exclusively fish it with that 6/7 Aerohead and a 12' tapered leader. It is an absolute joy to cast and I get great turnover out to 110 feet. Given a cast that far, there are not many fishing scenarios I regularly encounter that cannot be covered by that cast.
So in other words, I am a big fan of the Aerohead.
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