Released to spawn
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
This is one of the possible problems with a shooting head.
Shooting heads are really designed primarily for casting and fishing at distance, ie 'shooting' the running line behind the cast head. Then, if you strip back as part of the fishing method (rather than just strip back to retrieve prior to casting again), then most usually you will strip back until just the head is outside the tip top ring, so that you are ready for the staged setup for the next cast.
However, from what you say, it appears that you strip back the head well into the guides, ie you are fishing back to well less than the 38' of head, and thus you WILL have difficulty in setting up for the next cast.
Without breaking the bank, and for fishing into very close quarters, go for an 'end of range' WF or DT line, correctly weighted for your rod; these lines are not much in demand, and are often selling for $10-15 a line.
Just a few thoughts.
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