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Hi All,

In a reply to another posting, Grampa Spey wrote something to the effect that he had learned his lesson and now connected the tip directly to the running line.

As a new spey caster, can someone explain to me the advantages (and disadvantages) of configuring one's line this way. I have a Rio Windcutter on a 9140-4.

Thanks, in advance.

Cheers,

Michael
 

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Tip to ?

Michael,
I think the post you are refurring to involved a discussion of a Windcutter with interchangeable tips. The first tip is about 15 feet long and attaches to a second tip of about the same length with loops. With heavy sink tips you often want to remove both floating tips and attach directly to the main body of the line.

In windy contidions you may want to remove the front tip and attach your leader to the second to get better turnover. You might also want to do this with some of the heavier poly leaders.

You might want to remove the second tip, and attach your front tip and its leader to the main line.

The various combinations let you mix and match to get better performance in the wind and with sinking tips of various densities and weights.

You would not attach a tip to the running line unless you were playing "chuck N duck"
 

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My .20 cents only.

Major drawback on using a 'head' connected to running line would be each cast would have to 'shoot line.' This would appear to really cut down on the distance you could cast. Second issue would be the lack of 'mendability' of the running line due to the thin nature (lack of bulk).

Third thought would be rod loading as 'running line' has minimal weight so all the set up/rod loading would require you have the sink tip at/in side the top guide(s).
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Make Your Own

Michael,

It is easy to make your own interchangeable tip system from your windcutter. You can go to the RIO page
http://www.rioproducts.com/2003 pages/speylines03.html
to check where to cut your line.

Insert braided loops to both ends of the cut line, loop together and you are ready to fish.

There are directions for loops a number of places.
http://flyfishingforum.com/expertise/index.htm
has Juro's method.
http://www.danblanton.com/gettinglooped.html
Is a second option.

If you have trouble send a PM.
Good luck
 

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Luv2Spey re attaching tips directly to body of Acc. Line

What I was talking about was with the Accelerator Interchangeable.

Go to this link that Rio has for the 2002 Catalog:

http://www.rioproducts.com/pages/product_manual_pages/prodmanpg26.html

There, in their description of their Accelerator Line, they recommend to get to the bottom faster to remove tip 2 and attach the tips directly to the running line.

Remember this was with the Accelerator Line and not the WC or Mid Speys with Interchangeable tips.
 

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Main or Running

Grandpa,
If you remove tip 2 you are connecting the tip to the main belly of the line, which is attached to the running line, the narrow "shooting Line" attached to the back of most WF lines.
 
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