Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Grand River, Ontario
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.
One of the guys had a CND North Fork out there with the CND Skagit head -- very nice job on that rod.
Field Staff G. Loomis / Shimano
Pro Staff Airflo, Simms, The Canadian Tube Fly Company