Join Date: Nov 2009
A traditional Spey line once we move into modern materials and away from silk lines would have been a Double Taper of 30yds +,probably more like 35yds and even up to 40yds.Beleive you me these would take some skill to master and consistently cast-especially the sinking types!.
Next development were the long belly weight forwards, markedly easier to cast, but in essence the fore runners to modern Spey profile lines.
Spey lines as we know them today would have begun as a simple single length option which over time has developed into short/mid/long options and a few others besides.
Shooting heads- a relatively modern development(as far as fishing go's!) come in all sorts of lengths from the ultra short single handed lengths up to specialist 18+ yd items.
Now,this includes Skagit heads(yup they can be a shooting head),but the real short heads can be a pain to cast as you dont have enough line to get consistent anchor, moving into the std. length of shooting head we arrive at the lines that are easiest to cast of all.It matters not one jot what the label says on the tin, what formula one applies for length /weight ratio, but the std. shooting head is far easier to cast for all users of a double handed rod, easiest to master and easiest to progress with.As for a "Scandi" line being hard to cast with, well sorry thats absolute ROT!,a "Scandi" head is simply another label on a box, its a shooting head pure n simple.Of all the Salmon lines one could line up and cast from any double hander, the modern shooting head in a std. length will give consistent results to any would be or experienced caster quicker, easier and much more predictably.
The longer the length of line that has to be managed from lift, sweep,anchor,cast then the harder the task becomes and the more experience and skill play a part and the more time it will take in learning the craft.
I've only had a Salmon rod in my hands the thick end of 40yrs,I don't know it all by any means, but give me a novice and a Salmon river and I'll steer them down the path of a shooting head every single time.Come on Botsari,you of all people should recognise the shooting head path is the easiest to tread by far over the more general range of applications(specialist applications not withstanding).