What to do with my T-14

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Evan Burck, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    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.
     
  2. shotgunner

    shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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    If you haven't already, measure for accurate length of '20ft' piece then make your cut of choice.
     
  3. Panhandle

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    Poly leaders do not sink as fast as T-14 or even close IMO. I would agree in using the floating poly or using them in the intermediate application.
     
  4. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I've used the poly leaders a few times. Definitely not what I'm after.
     
  5. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

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    Getting a grain scale is key.
     
  6. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I gots one
     
  7. Dustin Bise

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    does anyone know how many grains are in a gram?
     
  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    14.432 grains are in a gram.
     
  9. Panhandle

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    I Know there are 3.5 grams in an 8th of an ounce. Don't know if that helps or not.
     
  10. LBC

    LBC nymphing beads with a spey pole.

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    hmmmm??? :p Ive come to find that this is true as well iagree
     
  11. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    I think I'm gonna convert all things spey to grams.... Just to keep it hood.
     
  12. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  13. fredaevans

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    "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.
     
  14. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    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.
     
  15. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    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.