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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upper latitudes of the Western Hemisphere
Timing is really critical when you're using a fast- or super-fast-sinking leader. If you're new to Scandi, try to progress from a floating or intermediate poly into the denser stuff as your skills improve. Getting the line back out of the water on the forward stroke requires that the stroke begin almost before the line touches down on the backcast. Once you get the speed of the casting stroke down and your timing on the forward cast becomes better, you should find the casting to become far more enjoyable. If the line seems to be ripping out of the water on the forward stroke and/or you feel like you're working too hard, then the timing may be off or your backcast could be too flat, and the head/poly might be too heavy for your personal casting style, respectively. One option is to go to a lighter head, such as an Airflo 420-gr Compact Scandi, with the previously-mentioned 10' Airflo intermediate poly and level tippet. Practice with this until you get the feel of the rod in control.
I should note that I'm assuming you're using airborne-anchor casts; if not, then my remarks about timing are not applicable.
Last edited by Puffin; 10-25-2012 at 04:33 PM.