Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: SW Alaska, Bulkley Valley, Skeena
How much does the 55' head weight that you like to use?
To be specific, it depends on the taper. More backloaded head a bit less weight needed to lead a rod properly.
Airflo Delta, which is essentially a very long Scandi head, 8/9 ca. 570 gr( 37gr)/52' feel light but crisp using pure underhand cast. It has essentially the same weight as a perfect, cut back Guideline 3D 10/11 at 38' , but the GL 10/11 is shorter and so loads better.
I have never cast Delta 9/10 ( 630 gr), but it is probably great, however may require a bit more top hand push.
WA 45 ( mine is overweighted 7/8 which weights 596gr/39 g at 46' to be specific) + leader works very well using underhand cast. After removing 12' tip, one can add 100-120 gr in form of 10-15' tip.
I am sure Hardy or other have longer scandi head type lines in 50-55' range and 600 gr or so weight.
Occasionally, I see some fly fishers have 9145-4 for sale, so you need to be patient.