Re: Outbound Short, again

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-02-15 13:17:44 in reply to Outbound Short, again posted by Mel Jones on 2014-02-14 21:50:17

Hi Mel,

I wouldn't let the comments from a few who have had a bit of difficulty casting a RIO Outbound Short line spook you. I've cast just about every style and configuration of fly line out there and I think the OBS lines are some of the easiest to cast, quickly with big flies, the farthest. I love them for tossing big flies to billfish, dorado and so one. They would be great when targeting flats GTs where you wanted to get off a quick cast with a big fly.

Finding the sweat spot - the right amount of overhang - is not that big a deal. A few casts is all it takes to determine the proper amount. It's usually between 4 and 6 or so feet of overhang. Not enough and the line will dump if you push it too hard; too much and you'll probably dump it too since you'll likely not have made a good back-cast, and the rod won't load properly. Very good casters can handle more overhang, but I try to find the minimum amount that will give me a good cast. Making a lot of false casts is a waste of time and can result in missed opportunities.


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