Join Date: Feb 2003
The problem with the “Windcutter” line for beginner is the front taper, which tends to act like a kite tail. Learning to form a forward loop will be one of your main objectives. The Windcutter line will look good until the unfolding loop reaches the front taper; then the line hinges. As a beginning caster, you see that big “L” at the front and you start making WRONG casting adjustment to get the “nice” loop formed at the front taper. You will have to greatly overpower the final portion of your casting stroke and usually with the top hand. In my opinion, the “windcutter” is NOT a beginners’ learning line. Its function is for sink-tips and heavily weight flies.
The Mid-spey or Delta (Air Flo) would be a better choice for your first line. My real first choice is get a 8 wt. Double Taper (standard double taper will do) to be your learning line. A “DT” will force you to perfect your casting stroke. Start with @ 50’ out and work your way up to @70’. The DT at @70’ is equal to the “standard” weight of your spey rod.
Send me a PM and will send you a step-by-step approach to learning spey casting.
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A student of single and double hand fly-casting.
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