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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2007, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Line and shooting head tuning session at Bean Park next Saturday

Getting double-handed rods and Spey lines to work together can be tough, so I'm putting together an informal session at Bean Park this coming Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 AM where people can come out and get Spey lines or shooting heads dialed in for their rods.

I'll also have a load of heads and lines for people to try.

Bring your rods and lines and there will be opportunities to:

==> try shooting heads

==> try some long belly and full sinker lines

==> tune your existing shooting heads

==> find out if your existing line(s) is working well with your rod(s).

Peter Charles
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Had six guys out yesterday -- turned out to be the perfect number to make sure everyone had an opportunity to evaluate their gear.

Poured with rain at times -- again. Second event I host; second time it rains. Considering our dry fall and empty rivers, maybe I should host events every week.

One thing jumped out as a result of handling a few of these over-weight, so-called "beginner" setups: newcomers are being sold lines that are way too heavy for their rods, so that they can "feel the load". In one case yesterday, the combination was literally uncastable with the full (short) head out of the rod. The rod casted nicely with only a little more than half the head out. Thanks to one of those black sleeves, we were able to establish a casting point where the line was manageable.

The session also pointed out how confusing the grain weight requirements are for newcomers, when comparing Skagit, to Scandinavian, to Traditional Spey casting. A rod that might take 650 when Skagit casting only needed 350 when Underhanding a shooting head. Imagine yourself as a newcomer trying sort out these two line recommendations.

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One of the guys had a CND North Fork out there with the CND Skagit head -- very nice job on that rod.

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Question for Peter

>>> One of the guys had a CND North Fork out there with the CND Skagit >>> head -- very nice job on that rod.

Peter what was the action on that rod? Please describe what you found so appealing with it?
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While it has the typical soft action of a rod intended for Skagit casting, it was very smooothly progressive, so the power in the butt was easy to tap. We also tried it with an Airflo Delta and it worked that line quite well. During the sweep of the Skagit cast, it was very easy to hold the load. The tip is stiffer than some of the other makes of softer, Skagit-style rods, so I'd imaging that it would be very nice conventional caster as well, though I didn't have much of an opportunity to try it in that style.

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