Dry Line Work - Scandi vs Mid Belly?
Now that I'm only mostly a newbie (as opposed to a total greenhorn), I think I'm ready to try moving on from my current Skagit setup. Or maybe I should say "adding to" the Skagit, because I do recognize its advantages, and I'm not going to give those up altogether.
Since most (95%+) of my fishing is done with a floating line, I like the idea of touch & go casting, as opposed to sustained anchor casting. There's an efficiency of motion as well as an aesthetic appeal there. I'm just not sure whether a Scandi or a mid belly line will best suit my needs.
I have done some homework, so I know that the Scandi is less challenging to pick up and doesn't require as large a D loop. Those are distinct advantages for me, because A) I am still kinda new to this, B) I will be using a 12 1/2 foot, 5 wt rod, and C) I fish in places where brush and trees grow up to the water's edge in many spots. If I understand correctly, distance is achieved by getting a shorter, heavier head moving in the right direction and with sufficient speed to pull a bunch of running line out behind it. The downside is that you have to strip in a bunch of that running line before you can start the pick up for the next cast. Thus, a loss of some of that economy of motion I was looking for.
I also know that mid and long belly lines are designed to be picked up and cast with much more line outside the rod tip. There isn't much shooting or stripping back in, right? The advantage is great economy of motion, and perhaps just as important, a high degree of super cool factor! I'm only half joking about that last bit....I fish a two hander because I enjoy the challenge and feel of the casting about as much as I do the actual fish hooking and playing. Mid and long belly lines seem like they would really deliver in that department. The downside is that the longer line is more difficult to pick up - especially with my short-ish trout/bass stick - and I'll need more room for a bigger D loop behind me. I'm also wondering if I will be able to get the distance with the mid or long belly that I could with a Scandi?
So, I know there are pros and cons to both, and ultimately, I'll have to decide where the balance lies for me. Is there anything that I don't have right, or that I'm not considering?
"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"
- Duke Ellington