No, think about what I am saying here. You do not want to change the grain weight or length of the tip you are casting. This is to keep your casting stroke the same no matter what tip you have on. You adjust the length of the t-14 for the depth and current speed of the water you are fishing. 10 feet of t-14 is going to fish deeper and/or faster water than 5 feet. It doesn't matter what the overall grain weight of the tip is.
I belive in what Kerry is saying, so much that his approach is what I'm trying to do. I attempt to make my tips all the same grain weight and length so that I don't need to drastically modify my casting stroke. I have enough trouble with casting anyway, no need to toss in tip weight and length variables into my already clouded head and rough technique.
Weldable Z-18/15/10 material and diameter matching floating tip material that can weld to it seems the best application. I have some of the Z tips from Steve Godshall and really like this material more than the T stuff for its ease in weldability. Can T stuff be welded? I've tried and failed.
I purchased 30' of T-14. I already cut a 10' section. trying to figure out the best use of the other 20'. I was thinking 12' and 8'. Or would 2' increments not be enough to really make that much a difference?
"Or would 2' increments not be enough to really make that much a difference?" Not really Evan; remember this stuff is only 11 grains per foot so 2' is not a heck of a lot more than the weight of a penny. That said, the 5 and 15 are usable lengths depending upon water depth.
Pan you right about the sink rate.
6.1" ISP for poly
9.0" ISP for T-14
But the poly is thinner and much more slippery than the T. This allows it to stay down better in a current. Also much easier to cast as it has less stick in the water. IMO.
I haven't found that changing tips really causes me too many problems when I'm throwing a Skagit. Even if it does, it only takes a few casts before I get in to the groove of things again. I've been doing so much switching between different lines and heads over the past few months that I'm used to having to adjust. Once all is said and done, I'm probably going to have two dozen tips or more. I have so many different lines and rods now that I need a little bit of everything.