Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The mid-Pacific.
This is out of topic but while we're speaking of beginners getting into one style of head -vs- another I don't agree that a scandi head should be light, that a skagit heads should be heavier than that, or that a speyline ought to be of a different weight altogether. Im not sure just how many are beginners, but majority of anglers are being taught the three different standard and majority abide by going even heavier as the length increases.
For those who instruct - you are successful in that you have your folks casting fairly easily. But lets just say one of your dudes continues to struggle ...
I don't instruct so I wonder: Do you allow them to continue struggling because you believe it is incorrect to go heavier even though it will help? Would you go heavier? I have taught a grand total of 3 complete strangers to angling and 1 former conventional gear angler. If I where to get into instructing I would put everyone on short-bellys, tapered leaders, I wouldn't even mention skagit or sink tips and I would be successful at it. I feel it's the right way to learn to speycast.
I also believe in what feels right to me and as it turns out "right to me" is mid-low to mid range if I were to look at the prescribed grains window for each of my rods. When I first got into skagit heads and then into scandi heads they where of the same weight for one rod. I'm back on the extended-bellies and keep a heavy compact head around just in case. For just this one rod (a 6/7) my preferred mid belly is actually lighter than the skagit head. The other line is a 7/8. I don't say anything - simply slip the lines in and out of there and the rod doesn't seem to know the difference.
Last edited by fish0n4evr; 08-27-2015 at 12:14 PM.