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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Am I on the right track? Tips/Cheaters/Casting Ratio

Situation: I'm catching everything. 5/6 wt, 12'6" rod with 8' straight T7 (56gns). Friend has only 8 wt rod, 13' and using 10' straight T14 (140gns). He's not getting the clean drift, getting hung up and perhaps fishing below the fish. Since his 600gns head should be matched with the heavy tip, My advice: get MOW 5:5 of the heavy... or, get a straight T14, cut to 4' in length (56gns) and add a 7' cheater of some kind, floater or intermediate shouldn't matter correct? With the 25' of head, 7' cheater, and 4' or tip it will provide the 3:1 casting ratio we would like but also allow us to fish the same water column?

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It would seem you're on the right track, but maybe he should loop on 8' of T-7 and see what happened.

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Good advice from poppy! I don't fish Mow tips or cheaters or whatever, I don't pay attention to correct rod to head length ratios. The lesson here is if your buddy is hooking fish consistantly pay attention! In this it sounds like he is fishing to deep, especially if he is hanging up flies. Salmon and steelhead and even trout suspend in the water column especially in warmer temps. Even with kings your better of being above them then dredging the bottom. You will draw out the aggressive fish which is what we are targeting.

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