Well, I know how everyone probably had their moment too! I have fished my whole life on a single hand and decided to upgrade to a Spey Set-up this year.
So just got out this weekend to try out my set-up for the first time and I never really thought about anything in particular about lines. I bout a used Ross CLA 7 with homemade Skagit line and it is a great starting set-up, but I am a fast learner and fly fishing has always been very natural to me so I am already thinking I need a more aggressive line than the homemade one.
I'm fishing the Clearwater and as winter comes upon us the Skagit line will be great when skinnier water is more accessible and heavier tips will be needed. Where I was fishing, this weekend, I just wasn't able to get the fly out to where I needed it and I wasn't able to get my D-loop to form correctly. After sitting around the computer last night for an hour or so I have come to a couple conclusions.
Conclusion#1: Part of the issue after measuring the line, should have done this first, it was homemade by the original owner, the head is only 23 feet. After reading Rio
's recommendations with my TFO
stick I should be running the standard Skagit head 27' with a 5' cheater. This would have added 9' into my d-loop and I think would have helped load the rod more when casting. I was having a heck of a time trying to load the rod because by the time I was on my second rotation of the swing the tip was coming out of the water. I was able by the end of the day to get about 25' of running line out but still was not happy.
Conclusion#2: I was really only able to do a snake roll with this set-up to get the line out to the maximum distance. Again when I tried a double spey or snap-t the rod just wouldn't load. Is this possibly because I just didn't have enough body to load the rod?
Conclusion#3: The thing I didn't like about it as that I had to do a whole lot of stripping for each cast. I do not mind running a larger belly line as it would allow me, tell me if I am wrong, to spend less time stripping and more time fishing. The only issue is that sometimes there isn't the area needed behind you to fish a larger belly line and that's where the skagit is used. What is the difference between the Windcutter and the Power Spey. I know the tech specs and read what the company says about them but personal experience, IMO, defeats a companies definition of a line with world-class casters giving them information
Any opinions or help would be much appreciated, hope I make sense and didn't totally make a fool out of myself as I am new to Spey casting, but I can single, double and snap-t a single handed pretty confidently.