Been studying your videos and technique Bruce! Thanks for the help! Any chance you could give me an Equalizer 54 and 63 recommendation for the Onyx 8140?
To the guys that think I'm casting T-20 sink tip skagity things on this rod: I'm not. Floating lines with mono leaders only.
I honestly don't believe the whiff is caused by abrupt power application or top hand use. I do not have this rod noise or any other problems with my lighter rods. I'm able to get easy, noiseless, dolphin-nosed 90'+ casts on my 6wt Platinum. On that rod I fish Beulah (Aero & Elixir) and Rio
Scandi Short heads.
I went out last evening and worked on smoothing out my power stroke using a Beulah Aerohead 7/8 (this line would be light according to Beulah, they rec an 8/9 on this rod... but I don't own one yet).
I slowed/smoothed out the power application so that the whiff stops happening, but my loop shape, line speed, and turnover (without shooting any line, just casting the head) suffer terribly. If I use my normal power application (not working too hard), all the problems are solved, and if I shoot line, I can bang the reel at 120'... but there's that whiff noise no matter the distance.
If we assume my technique and power application is correct, could the whiff noise be an indicator of a line match that's not quite right... close to perfect, but a little light?