Vision Spey Ace Lines
By John Hazel
Wow! The buzz is big. Vision Ace Spey lines are the hottest new Spey lines in America. The Vision Group from Finland has designed the finest casting Spey lines we have ever used. We have field tested these lines for the last three years, incorporated them into our Beginner and Advanced Spey casting seminars, and the results are unbelievable. Beginners immediately feel their rod load then release its casting energy on the forward stroke. I feel the love! echoes through the canyon time and again, as students see and feel the results in the very first few casts.
Advanced Spey casters are shocked with disbelief at how easy it is to form a crisp leading edge with long upper and lower legs- resulting in tighter loops, longer casts, and clean turnover of the fly.
In fact, over 99% of all guests in our Spey schools and guided fly fishing trips over the last two steelhead seasons who have casted a Vision Ace Spey line have purchased a line for every one of their Spey rods during or after their visit.
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Controlled casts at distance with minimal effort. John Hazel.
Shooting Head Assembly Requirements
The general rule states that the Ace Shooting Head length should be equal to 2 ½ times the rod length.
A 13 rod should balance well with a 32 ½ shooting head and 19 ½ leader, including tippet.
A 12 rod should balance well with a 30 shooting head and an 18 leader including tippet.
In terms of a floating leader for the Vision Ace Shooting Head- 14 floating polyleaders are favored by most casters. Both the butt end and terminal end are looped for your convenience in attaching to the shooting head and adding the tippet material of choice to complete the required leader length.
Standard 15 knotless steelhead leaders also work well; just add the necessary tippet length and diameter to complete the overall required length. It is extremely important to be close to these suggested line and leader lengths for optimum results. Shooting head lines in excess length will result in frequent line stick, while shooting heads not long enough will reduce optimum efficiency in your distance cast.
There are several choices for running lines. A traditional .035 diameter running line in hot orange proves best to visually differentiate the shooting head from running line. Flat monofilaments like Rios Slick Shooter or Visions Catapult running lines are also popular, and although they do not have the customary fly line feel, they do shoot through the guides exceptionally well.
When it comes to outfitting your Spey rod with a Vision line- give us a call. Tell us the rod model, length, and line weight and we can suggest the very best line length and grain weight for your outfit. We are spot on every time! We have a lot of experience with Spey shooting head lines and are more than happy to help you with your questions. Check out our web site for line specifications or, again, give us call. Once you try a Vision Ace Shooting head your Spey casting will change forever.
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