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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
It should be abundantly obvious to anyone having read & understood the pronouncements of the original Skagiteers that 3.5 does not equal 1.75.
3.0 to 3.5 ratio was the original recommendation for Skagit head + tip to rod length
This has morphed some, firstly below 3.0, then approaching 2.0, and now 1.75
With rod length used not increasing, and sinking tips only being only morphing into MOWS with some tweaking of tip length, the only item left to significantly alter to get to approaching the 1.75 ratio is the head length. Guess what - we have the burgeoning short Skagit head market.
What seems to be lost in this obsessive morass of recommendations for ratios, rod length, head size & tips is the simple truism that such ratios are provided as recommendation for the 'optimum' performance of said set-up.
Using a Speyline, eg 75' head, you don't have to have all of the 75' head beyond the tip top ring to be able to make a perfectly good cast. Similarly, you don't need a *whatever* ratio to be able to make a perfectly satisfactory cast with a Skagit + tip.
Whatever ratio you may choose, or have with the set-up on your rod, you just need to make adjustments to the casting stroke components to make perfectly satisfactory casts
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