Hi there, I'm looking for some advice.
One week ago I headed to the beaches looking for cutties: there was a lot of wind and waves, but using my switch rod with a 350gr ambush line and 10ft intermediate leader I could cast easily wherever I wanted, even through the wind!!! also the short head (24ft) allowed me retrieve the line very close to me, as I know sometimes cutties follow the fly till your feet. At that point I use to do an "aerial" roll cast and then an overhead cast, so that the line doesn't touch the water and you can cast way further out!
Yesterday the wind was much slower (let's say... not existent!) and the surface of the ocean was just flat! I used the same setup as above, but I did feel the line to be much "chunky" when landing on the water. In fact, I got nothing casting to frenzy while my fishing buddy got two fish (same fly!).
So, today I decided to use a #6 40+ line, having a way lighter and longer head (35'), and in effect the presentation was much more delicate! On the other hand, once retrieved the fly close to me, it took at least two roll cast to have the whole head outside the tip in order to either perfom an overhead or a single spey cast. All these procedures were quite loud, wasting all the stealth approach gained on using this line!!
I love both lines for long casting and both are good in particular for pink/coho fishing as those fish usually grab the fly not so far from the school, but what to do when you have to retrieve very close to you feet? Do I have to change line? Do I have to change cast or approach?
Any suggestion will be much appreciated!