Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: se atlantic coast
Well we're down to one mis-interpretation of what I'v said. No I did not say(or infer) "that the portion of the line that's aerialized in the D-Loop is what is counted as casting grainage, regardless of style." Don't give me credit for expounding on grainage "regardless of style", SpeySpaz, my comments dealth with Speeless' use of the word "Skagit" in his original query. The D-Loop when fully formed contains everything from the fly to the amount of running line included in the overhang and of course stops at the tip of the rod; line grainage is not calculated on the weight of those elements. Keeping my comments focused on the Skagit style where I began, I believe when discussing the proper weight of a Skagit line used in classic Skagit casting, one takes into consideration weight(and length) of the head and leader(floating, sink tip, compensator, whatever); the tippit is inconsequential in the scheme of Skagit things. Again, running line weight(or length) is not included. Speechless did not ask about proper line length, but what the heck, for switchers used as Skagits, one would be advised to drop the line length from the classic 3-3.5 X rod length to 3 X or less. And this brings me full circle to answering Speechless' original question, and my answer is: "Speechless, when you are considering Skagit casting with a switch rod and what weight line to use, the weight of the head and any specialty line you add between the head and tippit is the weight of your Skagit line".
This is the best I can do to answer Speechless and SpeySpaz, but if you want the last word, have at it. It's time for my Friday walk.