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· Member FRSCA
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Line Speed

Getting off the subject here a bit. I'm not sure of the numbers off hand. But, last summer I whipped up a shooting head for my 14ft9wt for use overhead in the surf. Took the rig down to the beach in the middle of the day and casted a bit, head was working great. The weather was beautiful, decided to take my shirt off. Started getting a bit crazy with my casts (you know where this is going). The way the surf was taking my line it was setting me up for what I thought would be a really cool double spey kinda thing. So,,, I brought the rod tip up and over to my left just enough to get the fly to anchor where I thought it should be for this short head (remember I said I made it for overhead, I think it was 36ft or so), brought it back around, blew my anchor off, as it was coming forward following a way to powerful forward stroke, the tip of the line went across my kidneys at what felt like the speed of light, or atleast what felt like 2 million mph. Fortunatly I wasn't using a fly, the spot where the nail knot from the butt section to the head hit my skin bled a bit, and left a really thin, really sore welt from kidney to kidney then about a foot up above on my right side. The fact that I had been messing with it for a good 45min and had a bit of a burn going just added to the pain. Needless to say, I learned my lesson, and had a nice reminder for a week or so. I always wear a good heavy sweatshirt if I mess with a new idea like that now.
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