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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner trying to Pick a line

Now that I've got a rod on the way(Redington Red Fly 13' 8wt) I'm looking at lines. At first I figured I'd just build my own but after thinking about it I am gonna buy an off the shelf line. I did a bunch of internet searching and at this point in time the two lines that seem to stand out for my skill level and for this rod are the:

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So which would you reccomend for a beginner, and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each? Does anyone have any other line reccomendations? Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 01:42 PM
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As a novice spey caster myself I personally found the Airflo Delta multi tip to be a much nicer line than the windcutter. I would definitely consider this line if I was you... Also I would go with the 8/9 size in the Delta for that rod for sure... I am pretty sure that if you contacted Poppy at Red Shed Fly Shop he would send you out a windcutter and delta to demo so you could decide for yourself...
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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.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 08:03 PM
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Hi Alex. I fish with that rod quite a lot, and I found the best match to be a 650 grain Rio Skagit. It is a pretty fast "tippy" rod and really sings with a short heavy head. I'm also using a ten foot cheater and t-14 or poly leaders as necesary. Or a fifteen foot dry tip and a longer leader for summer fishing. Something else to think about I guess, but it works pretty sweet for me. For the record I fished both the Windcutter and the Delta short on that rod. The Delta was a much nicer line, but neither worked as well for me. Hope this helped.--AJ
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