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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
This is one specific situation where the utility of a DT line can be very useful, as well as owning a grain scale, and a Sharpie (or similar) marking pen.
A DT line has identical tapers at either end; thus, when loading the rod it doesn't matter which way round you place the line on your reel.
Also, when test casting, as you lengthen the line out of the tip top ring, the loading weight (line) increases. When you reach what you feel is the optimum length of line out of the tip top ring for your casting, and your casts are repeatedly feeling and looking good, mark the DT line at the level of the reel.
You then minus the length of the tip top ring to reel length, and weigh on your grain scale that portion of the DT line. This will give the optimum (in your hands) grainage of any WF/Spey line (head weight) or indeed the head weight of the Scandi or Skagit you should then seek.
You may wish to alter this final head weight depending on the casting style and any additional tip weight (water-borne anchor) you will be utilising.
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