Re: Which Running/Shooting Line do You Recommend?

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Posted by Tim Postel on 2013-03-15 16:15:34 in reply to Which Running/Shooting Line do You Recommend? posted by Steve A on 2013-03-15 12:22:25

Hi Steve.

Put 5 accomplished swoffers in a room and you'll get 5 different opinions about "best" running line in a shooting-head context.

I think part of that is that folks exhibit different degrees of tolerance for handling issues depending on what benefit they think they are getting in the distance department.

The physics that cannot be avoided is that a low-mass running line will get carried along further by a shooting head; but that low mass means "thin" (especially when "intermediate-sink" is a requirement), and "thin" equates with with tangles/hard knots, slipperiness, blowing out of the basket, etc.

For myself I am not willing to spend fishing time dealing with tangles or pre-stretching line, yadda yadda yadda. I'm out there to enjoy myself! So I've been using 20# core AirFlo Ridge intermediate (0.028") in the surf for that reason. Am I giving up distance? Probably so, but no more than any other intermediate running line of similar diameter/mass.

Handles brilliantly, but has the downside that finger protection is mandatory - those little ridges (or the sand particles they trap, not sure) will saw through your wet digits quite quickly.

If you are going to use a 20# core running line, probably your tippets should be no more than about 12# - if you have to break off a hang-up with all of the head out, you'll be running the risk of losing your head ... or rupturing the bond between the core and coating of the running line.

I push that a bit and have routinely used 15# tippets despite the 20# core, even in rocky environments. Knock on wood, no problems yet, but I'm sure the day will come when I'll "lose my head".


PS there are benefits to shooting head systems beyond casting considerations. The principal one being economy - you don't need a spool for every line, and a single reel and running line can be pressed into service in a range of different venues. On-the-water head changes are feasible, and minimal space and weight is needed for a head wallet.

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