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It is anglers expectactions that are at fault.

10 years ago the good casters could cast 25 yards now beginers are buying lines with 75 ft hads and expecting to lift and cast them. Yeah right.

Grand Speys Xlts only the top 5% casters can use these lines 75 ft heads 10% more the rest of the population should stick with shorter heads till they become profeicient
 

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In the ice age when the Scottish people cast lines for salmon,this was in the days before the Americans invented Speycasing you understand, we used to use double taper lines, if you had too many grains out you just pulled in some line.

Think about things if the line is too heavy pull in a yard or two then bang it out, if too light increase the line speed to add more mass.

It is not really rocket science.
 

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Dana said:
Brian,

Not long afterwards the UK casters produced the Jetstream and continue to refine the line and others like it and increase the belly length to match the XLT.

Time scales must be different over there, or does "not long afterwards" mean before?
 

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I am not sure of dates but Ian Gordon won the Musto the year before Steve Choate, he was using a 16ft rod as the rod length increased the belly length had to increase as well.
I seem to remember that Michael Evans had a specially designed spey casting line out before anyone else.

Way back in the sixties the Ness Anglers were cutting and splicing lines to produce long bellied lines that the could cast further. For your information, as you were not into Spey casting then, in those days most commercial available lines were only 30yds long and double tapers, so it was very common to see the Ness casters with 2 lines spliced together. Of course unlike the PNW we did not make a song and dance about cutting and splicing.
 
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