Gunner <> Back in the shop now <> The extra tip is in the mail to you for the 10'6".
...Sorry for the delay <> But what I decided to do was to make the other tip for your rod with a bit more authority.
You ordered the 5 pc "Traditional", and this rod inherently has a bit more tip action then the 4 pc 10'6" rods.
This will give her a little more top end power for your two handed overhead work, and the butt end has plenty of reserve to allow this transfer.
The two tips will compliment each other well for both your anchor point and overhead work.
We did discuss lines quite a bit for this rod at the Spey-O-Rama, but I realize that sometimes all of this information can be a bit of an overload, especially when trying to develop casting technique with a new rod all at the same time.
To review lines for your specific Striper Fishing <>
Using anchor point delivers in moving water <> Rivers and Tidal:
You and I cast that rod at the Spey-O-Rama loaded with the Rio
Windcutter 9/10/11 body only and the floating tip from same.
We also used the 450 Skagit (no cheater), with the type 6 sink tip from the same 9/10/11 WC.
As you saw; these combinations did work very well, and should meet your moving water fishing conditions nicely as you described them to me.
For two handed overhead work: We used a grain matched River Extra floating line, and although she easily threw the entire line no worries, I do not think that this line would best meet your described fishing conditions.
I choose to use this line simply to demostrate the rods' two handed overhead delivery capabilities.
For two handed overhead work in slack tide or stillwater: I'd suggest a grain matched (555 grains) Rio
Outbound in the most appropriate sink rate to best meet your fishing conditions.
I'd suggest the Outbound with an intermediate sink running line, with either an intermediate sink, and fast sink head.
If I were to suggest only ONE off the shelf line to best meet your moving and still hydraulics <> Utilizing both anchor point and two handed overhead deliveries:
I'd suggest the Rio
Wincutter 9/10/11 tip line....Using the body only, and any of the tips from this kit. You may want to shorten the tips to 12'.
This line set up will be very easy to develop your casting fundamentals with this rod, yet (most importantly) should fish very well in your described scenairo.
I'd further suggest that you initially use only the floating tip to perfect your various deliveries, as until you learn the fundamentals <> Tips can complicate the issue, and can create frustration with anchor point release.
Best anchor point (spey) delivery technique for your 106 rod:
Use the floating WC combinatin first to perfect delivery fundamentals.
Avoid predominate high hand power at all times with this rod.
Rather: At the shot <> Use an even two handed push, with a crisp underhand power pop into the brisket.
Stop the rod tip high and crisp (at the treeline).
Keep all of your line management very compact and minimal, avoid big open sweeping motion with such a short rod....It's not necessary, and will steal power from the rod.
When you venture to sink tips in moving water:
... As with any rod, you must minimize anchor at the both the dangle and the "D".
With a shorter rod like the 10'6" you will need to reach high to extend the lift at the dangle.
SLOWY release sunk line from the dangle to a minimal anchor, then change direction.....Sometimes you may even have to throw a two handed roll cast at the sunk dangle Scando style to aide in the anchor release, then lift.
At the "D" <> With this short rod, a high reach touch-and-go anchor may prove to be best for you, or utilize a secondary parry poke to reposition to a frontal anchor if confined by riparian.
Only very basic casts are required to learn the rod, and the WC mentioned will perform all of these easily to aide in your learning curve.
You'll later find that many more specialized lines will work extremely well on your switch rod...
... But this is the line that I'd suggest you use to become familiar with, and gain confidence <> And in the interim will also fish very well.
It may be best to develop good basic fundamentals first with one functional line marriage <> Then later pursue that "Magic Bullet" if you wish.