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“Why so light?” is a commonly asked question for us at OPST, and we totally get it. Our lines are designed a little bit differently, but purpose-built to complement our Sustained Anchor-style casting. Skagit casting was always designed to use the water load, or the resistance provided when the Skagit head was peeled away from the surface tension on the water, to transfer the energy necessary to make a change of direction cast out over the river. Over time, Skagit heads became a bit longer and heavier, relying more heavily on the grain weight to maintain a loaded rod. By design, our lines can do the same amount of work per rod than a heavier head that is matched for it.
Our Skagit Heads are thicker overall than other lines in their class, which allows the caster to maximize their water load, making up for much of the lack in grain weight just with that small change. Much like a thicker piece of Velcro versus a thinner piece of Velcro, the thicker piece will have more resistance when peeled apart. This is the same for our lines, and that extra resistance our lines create allows for lighter overall grain weights than most rods grain windows.
Additionally, our lines are heavier per-foot than longer Skagit heads that are heavier overall. We have found that grains-per-foot are just as impactful in head weight considerations as overall total grain weight. Topping things off is the fact that our Skagit heads are weight -forward, which encourages the line to shoot with more ease than level or front tapered lines. That is the best explanation we can give you for why our recommendations for OPST Commando Heads sound light. We're not crazy! Try it for yourself, and if you're like the vast majority of our customers, you will agree that there is something about these lines.