POWER TAPER CALCULATOR
Our POWER TAPER CALCULATOR helps you to choose the right shooting head for your rod. You'll get fast answers to lengths and weights of the various heads and how to customise/cut them to suit your rod.
If you already know what weight of shooting head you prefer, enter it into the weight column. The calculator will then respond
with the lengths of different heads at the weight you have entered. By the same token, if you enter a length into the calculator
it will respond by telling you the weights of different head when cut to that length. The calculator works in metric (metres,
centimeters, grammes) but will also work in feet and grains for those more used to imperial measurement. N / A means that
we do not recommend that weight/length combination because the taper of the head will be destroyed or we do not make the line
in that weight/length.
We believe it is important not to limit ourselves to the AFTM classification when using the POWER TAPER. In many situations it is desirable to have a longer or shorter shooting head. Which means that you might want to buy a #9/10 wt head and customize it for a #8/9 rod.
A shorter head is in many contexts, more user friendly than a longer one. For example, when you fish where there is vegetation behind or have limited opportunities to wade. A shorter head is also easier to handle.
EXAMPLE OF CALCULATOR IN ACTION
Let's say you have a Lecie 13'7 # 9 / 10, we suggest that 34-36 grams is the appropriate weight for this rod. 35 grammes is your choice – enter this amount. You want a Power Taper Float/Sink1 and see that it is 12 meters long at this weight in a #9/10 head. The calculator also tells you, however, that a #10/11 float/sink 1 at 35 grammes is only 10.9 meters long. You now have a choice between a long head (perfect for presentation and fishing in ideal swims with plenty of room) or a shorter head (which may be a better option in swims where casting is difficult due to bank side vegetation or lack of opportunity to wade) .
When cutting shooting heads, we always recommend that you cut it a little longer than you think you need to and try it out first. You can then make small modifications to the head.
In the table below, SH stands for Single Hand (single handed) and DH for Double Hand (two-handed). There is nothing to stop you from using a single-handed head on a two-handed rod or vice versa. Your preferred length and weight determine what to buy.
LENGTHS AND WEIGHTS PRIOR TO CUTTING
|TYPE||SH 7/8||SH 8/9||DH 8/9||DH 9/10||DH 10/11||DH 11/12|
POWER TAPER - FLOAT/SINK (PT)
DDC CONNECT (DDC)
* Remember to weigh up the DDC Connect with the tip when you weigh for cutting. The table shows figures including tip. Note
also that a 6 / 7 tip weighs a few grams more than the others in the DDC.
HOW LONG SHOULD THE SHOOTING HEAD BE?
In most fishing situations for the majority of anglers, a shooting head matched to the rating of the rod is right: in other words, a #9/10 power taper head on a #9/10 rod. Yet, there are exceptions. Expert casters prefer a longer head while less experienced casters and anglers fishing on rivers with less than perfect casting conditions may prefer a shorter, heavier head. In the chart, the lowest weight recommendation works well if you want to create a long head by, for example, using an #8/9 head on a #9/10 rod. Because the #8/9 line is lighter, it will have to be cut longer to give you the same weight as a #9/10 line. If you have less experience with shooting heads or you want to make a short, heavy line, you will probably go for the second of the displayed weights: you might use a 10#11 head for a #9/10 rod, for example. A compromise position is to choose a weight between the extremes, ie: 34-36 grammes, choose 35 grammes and use a shooting head rated to match your rod, ie: #9/10 line to #9/10 rod. Experienced casters and those who travel around a lot to fish will carry heads in different weight/length ratios to meet differing situations.
It is important to adapt the length of the head for the fishing situation. Do you have good wading conditions or is the wading restricted, with most fishing done by casting off the bank? In the latter case, a shorter head is very handy. A short and heavy head is easier to lift out of the water, which also makes it easier to change angle when casting and it handles larger flies easier. For this we recommend a head of 10 to 11.5 m for two-handed rods and 9-10m for single-handed. If you have the luxury of more space or prefer the improved presentation of a longer head, a head of 11.5 to 13.5 m for two-handed and 10.5 to 11.5 m for single-handed is our recommendation. Note that all lengths here are recommendations.
|Reaction 906||13-15||LeCIE 126910||30-33||LPXe-11089||19-22|
|Reaction 1006||13-15||LeCIE 132910||34-36||LPXe-12678||24-27|
|Reaction 1007||15-17||LeCIE 13778||26-28||LPXe-12689||29-33|
|Reaction 1008||17-19||LeCIE 13789||30-33||LPXe-1389||30-33|
|Reaction 1009||19-21||LeCIE 137910||34-36||LPXe-14910||34-36|
|Reaction 13778||23-27||LeCIE 1371011||38-41||LPXe-151011||38-42|
|Reaction 13789||28-32||LeCIE 14889||30-33||LPXe-161011||40-45|
|Reaction 137910||33-37||LeCIE 148910||35-38||ACT4 908||17-19|
|Reaction 148910||33-37||LeCIE 1481011||42-44||ACT4 909||21-23|
|Reaction 1481011||38-42||LeCIE 1591011||42-44||ACT4 967||15-17|
|LeCIE 967 F||15-17||LPXe-967||15-17||ACT4 968||17-19|
|LeCIE 107 F||15-17||LPXe 968||17-20||ACT4 1007||15-17|
|LeCIE 108 F||17-20||LPXe-1007||16-19||ACT4 1008||17-19|
|LeCIE 12667||20-22||LPXe-1008||18-21||ACT4 12689||30-33|
|LeCIE 12678||22-24||LPXe-11067||14-17||ACT4 137910||34-36|
|LeCIE 12689||29-31||LPXe-11078||16-19||ACT4 1491011||38-42|
HOW TO DO IT
Your objective is to create a shooting head that casts well when around a half to one metre is left hanging outside the rod tip.
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