I recently bought a rod off someone here on the forums that came with a SA mid-belly spey line. The belly is ~54ft long. I spent all last weekend learning to cast with it, and I can officially say I can do a double spey and single spey (most of the time
). I think I would have had a much easier time figuring things out with a shorter shooting-head system, but I was just using what I had and despite the initial frustrations, I think I have it mostly down.
Anyways, I basically just kept most of the belly outside the rod tip (sometimes less for shorter casting), and played around with touch and go casting, and didn't really shoot any line. Is it typical to just not shoot much with these lines?
Even with some of the most well executed casts I did, it wouldn't "thunk" against the reel that hard. I was basically fishing ~70ft out, which was able to cover the water pretty well and I also liked how much of time I was able to keep my fly in the water and swinging (as opposed to stripping, casting/shooting, swinging and stripping again).
Also, what's a good rule of thumb when thinking about backcasting/d-loop room?
I was fishing the Deschutes last weekend, and it's difficult to wade more than 15-20ft from the bank, and in a lot of cases it was much less than that. Doing just a single spey seemed to require a massive d-loop to load the road and would catch the bank, so I started using the double almost exclusively and it helped and I got cleaner casts in general. Is it safe to say that you can divide the length of your lines belly by two, and that basically tells you how far to stay from the bank?
I think I will probably go for a skagit line before too long, just for the sake of room for the d-loop. I also tried a small section of sinktip with the mid-belly line and it made for some hideous casting. That just won't fly for winter steelies