I've messed around making some shooting lines. Some I have made work pretty well but it is difficult to get the right grain weight over a given head length. The Commando is short and thick. 15' at 325 grains. That's pretty compact. Heading to Kodiak is Sept. and will get a true test of the line then. RIO makes some pretty interesting tips right now as well.
I have that line as well, found Spey casting was much better suited for it. Overhead is too clunky with the stark transition from thick to thin. The lazar shoots so well but gets tangled easily if you have it too much out.
The spey I need more time with and the 5 wt. is pretty freaking awesome.
That said, it is a tough single hand with the (already mentioned) thick to thin transition, though it can be done.
The 5 wt side of this for swinging is great. I run an 8' piece of T-11 and it's balanced nicely! I really, really can reach waters that were out of reach and have caught fish as a result. So Check!
The lazer line can get tangled if too much is out. It's best to take every 5th pull in and coil it in your finger, pinky whatever and then release when casting. Too much line on the water anchors it's and it will not release when casting. IMO
Well..... I got a 325 grain head that's 15'. I picked up a 10' intermediate that is about 135 and a T-11 mow that's about 140 - both Rio products. I have a 15' floater that has been laying around. About 120. I think I'm covered
The main advantage of these types of systems on top of the obvious ones is the time your fly is in the water. That's the only place it works. Dump your line where it won't get tangled and bam - shoot it where you want it. If you're false casting you've missed it.
I don't find the 10' mow tips to be a casting probkem. I sometimes find that I want/need to fish the fly closer to myself. I believe airflow has 5' tips. I think that on smaller water this would be a better fit. How are you attaching your Lazer line to your head? I thought about cutting the the head off an old floating line and attaching the running section to the commando head and using heat shrink to make it smooth so I can strip the head through the eyes without it catching. I use mine for small mouth bass and they like to follow so having few extra feet of fly travel to entice them would be nice.
I've fucked around with these for a bit and I would go for a factory line normally looped on each end. They usually have a nice taper and function well. The lazer shooting line is good imo but it is thin in the hands. Some don't like stripping small diameter mono but I don't mind and this shit casts. Floats too. OPST suggests a double or triple surgeons loop trimmed close and a dab of UV knot cure of your choice