Interesting discussion. Especially the part about having a taper at the front of a skagit head being mostly useless. Since you’re adding a tip anyways, theoretically, it should make the system less effective.
Curiously, the beaulah tonic line is widely favoured (by myself too), and it has a front taper. But I have noticed that it doesn’t cast heavy junk as easily as my OPST commando head. Which I guess now makes sense.
Factory, tapered, or otherwise, a "head" is no more a flyline than a section cut out from a DT. There's running section and tip that must be attached making a shooting head system that is tapered forward. For efficiency.
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