Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Deschutes, Ronde, Snake, Walla Walla
It depends a bit on how you are going to use it. If it is floating line work with light flies, the full length of the taper is fine. If you are going to use it with polyleaders, fast sink and extra fast, you will need to cut the taper back to get decent turnover. The same would be true with bigger flies. For example, cutting the AFS 7/8 back 7' from the tip gives a line that will be about the same weight as the full 6/7 and much better turn over.
You will probably find that you prefer a lighter load, as your casting improves, at least I have.
Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes. Joann C. Gutin