Shooting heads - some observations Apr 11, 2007 11:45:16 GMT
Post by splash on Apr 11, 2007 11:45:16 GMT
to answer your ponts,
1 I was spey casting, or rather my version of underhand casting.
2 The intermediate SH works well with a tip. I find that the fast sink works without a tip. The fast sink seems to have a lot of mass and really pulls out the running line.
3 I find that the Loop orange running line very good. I have started regularly cleaning it with Pledge furniture polish, this helps prevent tangling & makes the line very slick.
I use the Gudebrod 50lb braid to make loops, picture below. I do a double loop which is very strong, I nail knot with Maxima, trim off the excess & use fly tying varnish to give a smooth finish at the nail knot.
I'll try the gudebrod as a running line.
I use the same set up with you using a double catch loop nail knotted to the head. If you read Chico Fernandez book on bonefishing, he has done some laboratory tests which demonstrate that using one or two small nail knots is considerably stronger than using a whipping. This is important because the length of braid we are using on shooting heads is not sufficient for the Chinese finger principle to work fully (this requires about 18" of flyline to be inserted into the loop. Chris Chix and others over in Cape Cod manage to do this with 15 weights using rigging needles to get double catch loops inserted up to 24" and its quite a feat. This set up will never pull out and has been adapted to flyfishing from big game rigs. I use it for attaching both backing and leaders for my 12 and 15weight rods. Interestingly they create the loops using 80lb dacron rather than braid but I've adapted it to 50lb Gudebrod. However, the SH set up with only a few inches of flyline inside the loop relies on the nail knot or whipping to partially retain the loop, so go for the nail knot as it will also embed itself in the flyline over time creating a very strong join. Agree with CLaG on the aquasure and hairdryer technique for whipped loops as it increases flexibility and you can almost create a braided version of a welded loop
BTW there was an article in Flyfishing and Flytying a couple of years ago that showed how to create your own welded loops using a type of shrink tubing. We would like to explore this further, so if anyone has a reference or link to the article it would be much appreciated