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Jonathan



Joined: 30 May 2007
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Location: Oslo, Norway

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Flyline for salmon - spey or shooting head??? Reply with quote
Hi,

I have recently purchased a 14ft #9/10 double handed fly rod to try my luck for salmon in Drammenselva, Norway !

However, I don't know whether to go for a spey line or a shooting head! Embarassed

Any advice about line choice and recommended densities would be greatly appreciated?

Regards

Jonathan

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Sarunas_St



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi,
I bought #9-10 14' Vision 3Zone DH for practising how to cast double hands,but I made quite a big mistake (I think like all beginers) when I bought Spey line..I thauht that it will be quite easy to cast it,but I was wrong Very Happy I bought Lee Wulff Triangle Taper Spey #9 I think.
Its head is wery long,so when I tried it I was wery sad Mad It was imposible to cast it,becouse my casting skills was wery limited..
Some time ago EFFA flycasting instructor Reinis Rutkis (from Latvia) in his casting presentation told us about the main mistakes in double hands.He recommended to buy shooting head and runing line system and suggested us to use this: http://www.scierra.com/pwf1.htm
It is much lighter to cast rod with shooting head system than spey line and I experienced that Wink So my Triangle Taper line will be in use when my skills will be better Smile Also it is easier to learn casting with floating lines Idea

I hope that I helped you a little Rolling Eyes
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Jonathan



Joined: 30 May 2007
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Location: Oslo, Norway

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sarunas_St wrote:
Hi,
I bought #9-10 14' Vision 3Zone DH for practising how to cast double hands,but I made quite a big mistake (I think like all beginers) when I bought Spey line..I thauht that it will be quite easy to cast it,but I was wrong Very Happy I bought Lee Wulff Triangle Taper Spey #9 I think.
Its head is wery long,so when I tried it I was wery sad Mad It was imposible to cast it,becouse my casting skills was wery limited..
Some time ago EFFA flycasting instructor Reinis Rutkis (from Latvia) in his casting presentation told us about the main mistakes in double hands.He recommended to buy shooting head and runing line system and suggested us to use this: http://www.scierra.com/pwf1.htm
It is much lighter to cast rod with shooting head system than spey line and I experienced that Wink So my Triangle Taper line will be in use when my skills will be better Smile Also it is easier to learn casting with floating lines Idea

I hope that I helped you a little Rolling Eyes


Hi,

Thank you for the reply.

I have been doing some research over the past few days and I think the shooting head is definitely the best option, not to mention they are easier to cast with! I have had contact with a few norwegians too and they all recommend the shooting heads. The fact that you can simply change the head to suite the conditions is also a huge bonus Very Happy

Cheers

Jonathan

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Wiggy



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Johnathan,

I too live in Norway, well Mandal to be exact. Most norwegians use shooting heads with a skaget, spey or overhead cast. Shooting heads are excellent for distance casting but harder to mend and have complete control of your fly. Though with this said, the norwegians certainly have no problems catching!

Maybe get a hold of both a shooting head and a spey line and have a go with both. Any good tackle shop should let you try before you buy.

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