Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Somewhere between the Grizzly Bears and the Machine
I used the CND Ultimate 15 and a "customized" 12/13 GPS. The stock 12/13 has a 100' belly, we cut the head down to 85'. What you have to understand is that these competition long belly lines are used just like shooting heads - all 85' of the head is outside the tip and we are shooting running line after it.
From what I see it seems that the longer belly lines are more successful in distance casting in that the weight being distributed over the longer length help maintain the momentum needed to turn over lines at great distance. That said Scott O'Donnell finished 3rd a couple of years ago using a Skagit style line (that was as thick as a clothes-line). He rocked that thing out there a mile, it wasn't pretty but it got out there. Interestingly, Simon Gawesworth used the same set-up that year with less success - this year he used a long belly and finished 3rd...
As for Skagit lines and Shooting heads - they are great for certain fishing situations. I love using Skagit lines for fishing heavy tips and big flies. I am not much of a shooting head guy - but I know lots of guys who love them. As we all know 99% of fishing success is not how far you cast, rather it is where you cast and how well you fish and read the water. If shorter heads feel good and work for you then by all means don't worry about what tournament (or any other casters for that matter) are doing.
Tight lines - tyler.
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