Had a day on Wester Elchies yesterday, loaded up with my brand new IG Medium Sinker with a 2" Black & Yellow tube.....couldn't cast the bloody thing at all. My first day out after being flooded off twice and thought, must just be rusty after a long lay off.I've only ever fished with a floater and sink-tip and can cast nae bother, but this had me going nuts. I couldn't roll ALL the line to the surface, seemed the last 3 or 4 feet just wouldn't roll over. It seemed a hell of a struggle to anchor the line upstream of my position and the cast just wasnae happening.Had the colour change in the same place as on the floater but it felt SO different. I know I should have stuck with it longer but decided I'd change back to my floater and fast sink tip to see if I'd lost the ability to cast altogether.Thankfully, I could still put out a good line.Apart from more practice, anyone got any ideas? Are these lines SO different? PS Saw a couple of nice fish, but nae luck. Great day out tho!
Ianjay, woz on Wester Elchies Mar 17th nice beat!! Using sunk lines can be difficult compared to a floater, I know. My tactic is to "shorten the lift" i.e. pull back more of the line into the rod rings than you normally do with a floater. Doing this will enable you to effectively roll the line to the surface prior to the next cast. Do this by simply pulling in the running line plus a short lenght of the head then keep this line hanging down held by the lower rod hand, then draw some more line in and hold this-couple more yds-with the upper hand/finger on the rod butt. When rolling the line to the surface let go of these last couple of yds 1st, then on the cast proper go into the usual Spey cast with anchor slightly downstream than normal with a floater. Works a treat, try it.
You don’t mention line sizes/weights/tube type but-
Sinking lines require a slightly more refined technique but it is easily mastered, it will pay off to the degree that even with a floater your anchor placement etc will be lighter and the cast more efficient.
I don’t have the IG medium sinker but I’d bet it has a longer taper than a DT line, in which case the fine tip will make it harder to turn over a heavy tube. I’d suggest getting a cheap DT medium sinker, 4 or 5 foot leader and say a 1 inch aluminium tube, start with 10 yards of line beyond the rod tip and perfect simple spey casts until you are confident at letting out more line. Once you’ve got 18-20 yards beyond the rod tip I’d switch to a 1 inch copper tube and then a 2 inch copper tube, I suspect you will then realise that casting a 2 inch copper tube ( 2.5 grammes?) with a fine tapered spey line is not necessarily easy.
There is quite a selection of spey lines with shorter tapered tips which are capable of turning over heavy tubes. Anyone in the forum care to suggest?
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