Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver Island
All great advice. I will add my two cents. These days there are relatively few bad rods however LOT of poor rod-line matches (just check out the classifieds). If you are able to do so, try out several different lines. With your casting style, assuming you have the basics down pat, one of the lines will likely outperform the others on your rod. I try lines from all different manufacturers and on my rods, some definately outperform others. For example, I prefer Snowbee Switch lines to Switch lines and Scandies made by other manufacturers (Rio, Airflo, S.A.) because they seem to "want" to straighten out at the end of my cast. And Snowbee actually tells purchasers of their switch lines that maximum performance will only be realized using a poly leader. I have experimented with and without poly leaders and that line definately performs better with poly leaders (per manufacturers instructions). That particular line seems to perform well on most of my smaller rods.
If you can, it really pays to try different lines (ie. Different tapers). One of the guys mentioned attending a clave, and that is by far the easiest way to get your hands on different lines. Another suggested hiring a qualified instructor, and that is a very good thing to do. It really pays to have a qualified set of eyes critique your cast - and actually show you what is wrong with your cast. And lots of practise!
Finally, if your line or leader is dying at the end of your cast, perhaps you just need to shorten up a bit. Most of us want to cast further than we are able. Sometimes, putting 10 ft of line back on your reel will work wonders to straighten out your leader at the end of a cast. So many possibilities! A good instructor will really help you get back on track.
"There will always be days when the fishing is better than ones most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. *Either is a gain over just staying home."