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#12819485 - 07/07/18 12:21 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
Linecaster Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
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Look up OPST Commando heads/Micro Skagit. On YouTube.
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#12822279 - 07/09/18 09:34 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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I've been looking at the OPST heads, look like fun, I mean useful.

Something else to consider is rod action, when I was looking at 8wt Helios 3s the manager was telling me he found the F series threw his large flies better than the D model due to the deeper loading. I'm starting to play with +1 line weights and seeing how the heavier line loads differently and turns certain flies over easier.

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#12822350 - 07/09/18 10:40 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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I overweight all my fast action rods plus 1. Note the new Rio lines are plus a half anyway especially the Perception lines which are my favorite lines going.
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#12822371 - 07/09/18 11:16 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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Really like the OPST Commando Head on a 5wt-9ft rod I use. Made a video to demo why...

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#12826340 - 07/12/18 06:58 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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I love the spey/skagit casting game. I only use my OPST heads for single hand skagit casts with sink tips. I tried it a few times in stillwater, but for me, if I could set my anchor in moving water, the cast was way more fluid. I can't say I enjoy overhead casting shooting heads that are less then 30 ft on any rod.
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#12826513 - 07/12/18 09:23 PM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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For ponds and creeks, for me, I love the pick up and shoot. The head must not be too long or you then have do a false cast. If you are standing in water the Skagit/Spey cast is the enjoyment and as BoPro said with a sustained water anchors the cast is so enjoyable.
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#12848133 - 07/31/18 10:15 AM Re: Rod weight question [Re: fshng84]
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Registered: 06/12/18
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Loc: Bells TX
Originally Posted By: fshng84
Really like the OPST Commando Head on a 5wt-9ft rod I use.


Awesome video. I need to file this on my computer for future referance.

My back is my issue, not the shoulder. When I wake up in the morning and it’s really stiff, castig the fly rod helps more than you can imagine.

With a little help from an awesome instructor, I can achieve 60-70 feet with a 9ft 5wt and 70-80 feet with a 9ft 8wt. Considering the majority of the fish I catch is between the 40-60 foot range, this is good.

Thanks for al the responses!!!

Duane

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#12866033 - 08/16/18 08:18 AM Re: Rod weight question [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
Fly Fishing Scout Offline
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Registered: 06/12/18
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Loc: Bells TX
Ok, I ended up putting a 9wt line on my 8wt rod to help through the larger bass lures I have. So far it is working very well.

Thanks for all the feedback and input!!!

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