I thought/hoped there would be lines/heads designed and produced to satisfy the IC rules in the overhead distance categories for Seatrout and Salmon. With that seemingly NOT the case, it means having to get competitors to reveal what they've 'sliced and diced' for themselves.
My research for possible lines for the Seatrout competition revealed some potentials from SA, Airflo and Rio
that would still need to be modified to meet the specs.
The other consideration was attracting enough flyfishers having SH rods that would handle a Seatrout head. DH rods seem to have virtually displaced 10' SH rods that are designed to cast that head weight (27 grams, 415 grains). I'm sure there are a few people with 10' SH rods for 8,9 or 10 wt. lines. I think
I have one gathering dust in a corner somewhere; I know
I have the memory of what my body felt like after a day of fishing it.
It would be nice to have a spey casting competition but the logistics are a bit daunting for this year. I will try and include some demonstration spey casting for its obvious appeal to current anglers, and for its ability to draw people into our sport - both fishing and casting.
Now - to get the word out!!