9 comments


  • mkuczara

    A really interesting article.
    What would be your line recommendation for a #9 one hand rod to cast that big pike flies?

    January 27, 2014
    • Hi MK

      A rage 360 would be my line of choice. And I would turn it around 🙂

      Cheers
      Lasse

      January 27, 2014
  • mkuczara

    What about Skagit lines? Are they equally good? Do they perform better than say Outbound short?

    January 27, 2014
    • bff

      The Rage was designed as a skagit head for chucking “dry-flies” at steelhead, we call it a “Scandit” sort of in-between scandi and skagit… the heads we are talking about are shorter than an OB-Short. Thes (skagit) heads have loads of mass per metre (grains per foot) which is what you want to chuck chickens.

      January 28, 2014
    • mkuczara

      So my take away is that Skagit lines would work perfectly. Do they (Skagit lines) have to be parried with a polyleader/tip as you would normally do in Spey?

      January 28, 2014
      • bff

        Good morning MK – yes you are correct Skagit or Skagit type heads/lines are ideal and that is the whole point of Lasse’s article.
        For Pike fishing I would normally use a length (say 1.20/1.50m) of strong mono (0.45/0.50mm) as my leader but if I find I have problems getting the fly to turn over then I would consider putting on a poly leader (predator?). We need mass in the leader to turn over large heavy flies …

        Stuart

        January 29, 2014
  • mkuczara

    One last question – as we use here the overhead cast -When choosing an appropriate line – do we have to take into account polyleader weight (grains) or its mass is neglibe/irrelevant?

    January 29, 2014
    • bff

      Hi MK if you are using a 2hander or switch and lets say the switch rod has a recommended grain weight of 360grains for spey/skagit casts, then I would recommend a line weight of approximately 300grains for overhead casting. In other words for 2handers/switch rods approx 4grams/60grains less than the recommended weight for a spey line.

      A 10ft poly leader weighs roughly 1.8/2grams so theoretically you should take this into consideration as well. In practice however being as most modern rods have a pretty generously engineered grain/gram window I would say its irrelevant.

      Stuart

      January 29, 2014
  • Andrew Parker

    Like the “turn it around” for overhead casting Lasse: will give it a try

    September 02, 2016

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