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I'm not sure about your formula. Obviously, cutting the line will remove some weight, but I don't know if it is as straightforward as 25% of length equals 25% of weight. If the line is tapered, some feet are going to weigh more than others, aren't they?

I can tell you that my Sage 8-wt RPL casts beautifully with a 30' 300-grain head looped to 100' of level running line, and it seems to cover most conditions for saltwater coho or rockfish fishing (from a boat; it's too heavy for shore fishing, unless you're fishing a vertical drop-off).

I can also tell you that a 30' Rio shooting head (with loop attached) only costs $20 bucks or so.
 
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