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Hi!

I bought a Rio Skagit Max 550gr shooting head for my #8 spey rod.

On the rio's website they say to choose a 0.030"/032" ConnectCore running line between 400-550gr head and a 0.035”/0.037" between 550gr-675gr.

Is there a big difference if I choose a 0.32" or a 0.37"? Wich one I should take?

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Probably for the very best performance in terms of casting distance it would be safest to stick with Rio's suggestion. You can't go wrong there. Personally I like to handle a little fatter running line, and can't stand fishing with thin or mono type running lines that are hard to grip. I've often used the thicker running lines with medium weight heads - a 550 plus tip actually has substantial weight - and I think the distance you lose is really marginal.
 
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