Sam ….. My apologies for the spelling and grammar in my last post…..
I couldn’t help laugh when I took a look at it today
Before replying to your question, we had just gotten off the river and were celebrating a successful day with a post-bent-rod single malt.
Ok….. I admit……… it may have been more than one ….. The world was a little foggy.
Though my grammar and spelling was loose, I stand by what I said.
I like short skagit lines but it is my belief that if you are a tall individual, then it is best to start with the “prescribed” skagit length.
I have seen dozens of beginners get into trouble because they cannot comfortably build a D loop with shorter lines. Most taller guys try to use power to punch through their mistakes. This is not always a bad thing. A beginner with too much power + the prescribed skagit length will still get the line out. It my not be pritty but it will fish. There’s plenty of time between tugs to figure out the right balance between power and timing.
A shorter line will force you to pay more attention to the power application in the d loop (the back cast) and for most beginners, results in a whipping sound as they pick the fly out of the water. This kind of cast can tick rocks behind you, shack off flies and will never shoot properly.