The other day was quite similar, so I set up the HT4 with the same setup I was using. I also set up another rod, because my friend gave me an old line to make a shooting head out of (one for me and one for him). It was a Scientific Anglers Wet Cel DT9S Type II, for using large flies on reservoirs, totally overkill for the lakes I fish, but I wanted to see how far I could throw it compared to the MED5. Oh yes, and the shooting line was 25lb Amnesia.
I haven’t really used shooting heads for fishing, so this was a new avenue for me, especially trying to cast the things well, which was really tricky. I made a handful of ‘decent’ casts, and having looked on Google earth the estimated distances, I was quite surprised. I had a slight tail wind, and I cut the line at 35’, which saw some of my best casts go around 130’ +. On land, it was about 120 on average’, but I’m having turnover problems so I’ve asked the board for some help. For me, it’s not as consistent as chucking the MED5, but I must say it was fun! I have to make another one for my friend, so I might give him the 35’ version, and alter the 55’ piece that I have left. Anyway, on the second day I had 5 on FAB’s on that shooting head, and 3 on the emergers. A brilliant couple of days! Interestingly, shooting heads are not allowed on some venues, anyone know why?
Tight lines all!