I look forward to trying them, and I'll chop one into towo shootingheads - one for practice and one for fishing. Yes, fishing, I know... I do a lot of night fishing for sea trout on the coast, and I've been entertaining the idea for the last few weeks of fishing a glow-in-the-dark shooting head, and see a lot of advantages. I know that I've been an advocate of less visible flylines for many years, and this more or less is the opposite. But I want to try it, see if it makes a difference, and if not - great, I can see my line in the dark. If it does, I'll just refrain from charging it, or use a different line.
I had a good, long practice Wednesday afternoon and evening - mainly concentrating on my basic stroke, my long carry stroke and "casting far with as little effort as possible" - just because it looks cool and relaxed. And because it's one of the best drills I know for fine tuning line release. I use three different lines when practicing: A Scientific Anglers Mastery ED WF 5 F, Thunderbolt WF 5 F (the orange one) and a shooting head. I switch between them depending on what I'm practicing.
An orange spaghetti and my HT 5 Comp. A wet lawn resulted in cold, wet feet.
When I go out for a practice, I try to remember my little practice kit - containing the following:
A piece of an old towel (for Shoot)
Leader material (0X and 1X)
A metal tube
All is kept in a small organising bag of course. With this kit I can change leaders (and attach them with nail/needle knot), of course replace the yarn, clean/lubricate the line and so on. At home, I have a 10 minute walk to a park, where I practice, and it's just nice not to have to cut practice short and spend 20 minutes walking back to the house, and then back to park, if I need a replacement leader.
All for now - I have a couple of lines to chop up, chili sauce to make and a confirmation next weekend to prepare :-). Oh - and salmon opening is on April 16th, where I won't have time to fish. 17th, though - and I'll even be in the company of to friends from Slovenia, Tomaz Modic and Andrej Furlan, who both caught salmon last year on the opening. I really look forward to seeing them again.
Have a great weekend!