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Short Head

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Hit huge distances with zero back casting space and one haul.The short head is designed to load rods from #4 to #9 very quickly, surprisingly quickly. One false cast and the whole line is gone. Our quickest loading line in #4 through #9 with an overhang marker to prevent you over extending your false casts. For stillwaters with limited back casting space, kayak / belly boat fishers, coastal rock fishing, river fishing with limited space and / or with single hand spey casts.

1. I can't make good casts every time. I can only make them now and again.

The overhang marker is a brightly coloured section between the head and running line that tells the caster when to release the forward cast. Many people slip line into their false casts, take too many false casts and then release. This means they have too much 'overhang' which is the amount of thin running line between the rod tip and the thicker belly of the line. The overhang marker prevents the caster slipping too much line into their false casts making perfect casts every single time.

2. I have very limited back casting space.

The short head is designed to load rods from #4 to #9 very quickly, surprisingly quickly. One false cast and the whole line is gone.

3. Short powerful lines often land heavy, it's fine casting a long way but lines have to land lightly.

The forward taper on the short head is in a stealthy grey colour, and it is micro thin. The forward taper on our #9 is the same diameter as a competitors #6 for instance. This means you can cast huge distances but still present perfectly. 

  • Density - Floating - 3 coatings. Running line & belly. Overhang marker & high float tip.
  • Micro Exposed Core Welded Loops - Smallest and most supple loops in the world to eliminate ring rattle
  • Overhang Marker - 6' bright colour section tells the user when they must release the cast before it collapses
  • Colour - White running line, bright red overhang marker, white head & grey 4' tip.
  • Micro Thin - Thin running line, head & tip to cast huge distances and sink quick
  • Cold Water Salt Proof - Hard coating that repels salt and maintains slickness

Sunray adjusted tapers.

 

We change the taper shape & head length as lines get heavier in the AFTM. This is to maintain balance as you cast on different length rods and cast heavier lines. For instance, a #4 rod is usually shorter than a #6. A #7 rod is often 10' long. A #5 is often 9' long. It is critical to maintaining loop shape that tapers are adjusted. Sunray are the only company in the world that do this. We are in effect, making a new line for each weight in a single range. Each weight is handcrafted to deliver the same result whether it's a #4 or a #9.

  • Head Weight at 31' 
  • #4 (12.5g)
  • Head Weight at 34' 
  • #5 (15g)
  • #6 (18g)
  • Head Weight at 39' 
  • #7 (20g)
  • #8 (23g)
  • #9 (26g)
  • Taper - Single hand triangle (Spey) taper for long distance accurate overhead & roll casts
  • Total length 100'

#4 31' (LENGTH ADJUSTED FOR BALANCE IN THAT WEIGHT CLASS)

Sunray short head taper diagram

#4 #6 34' (LENGTH ADJUSTED FOR BALANCE IN THAT WEIGHT CLASS)

sunray short head fly line

#7 #8 #9 39' (LENGTH ADJUSTED FOR BALANCE IN THAT WEIGHT CLASS)

short head fly line for limited back casting space

The overhang marker is a coloured section unique to each line in each weight. We have cast each weight of line and marked where the optimal point is to release the cast, for each weight, in every range, one by one.

Common Questions

1. I can't make good casts every time. I can only make them now and again.

The overhang marker is a brightly coloured section between the head and running line that tells the caster when to release the forward cast. Many people slip line into their false casts, take too many false casts and then release. This means they have too much 'overhang' which is the amount of thin running line between the rod tip and the thicker belly of the line. The overhang marker prevents the caster slipping too much line into their false casts making perfect casts every single time.

2. Don't all lines have this?

No, most lines have a different coloured running line to the head. Or, some have a 'haul zone' which is a harder coating between the head and running line. Neither of these help in telling you when to release the forward cast. On every line, in every weight, the amount of overhang you can get away with is different. We have measured that section on each line in each weight and coloured the exact section. That is very different to a generic coating applied to all lines in all weights to prevent the line wearing out (haul zone.) And a different coloured running line only tells the user where the head starts, the user then has to figure out how much overhang they can get away with which is a very advanced skill, most professional casters have instinctively.

 

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EXPOSED CORE LOOPS

No more rattles in rod rings

OVERHANG MARKER

Lines that literally fix your faults

MICRO THIN

Lines that cut air, fly further and land more gently

Customer Reviews

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M.C.(.b.b.
Awesome pike line

I won a short head fly line 9# in one of Tom's Facebook competitions.
What an awesome fly line!!!!
I fish for pike on the river Hull near Driffield, its probably about 45' at its widest at hempholme lock, with any other line I've used in the past i would only make it q little over halfway across, but with this line I'm hitting the other bank, it also floats really well keeping my fly in the zone i like to fish.
Well done Tom, keep up the good work.

Mark.

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S.H.
Get shorty

Excellent shorthead line, loads rod quickly and prompt delivery..

P
P.L.
Short head flyline

I’ve been using the line for a few weeks it is the best line I’ve ever had it cast like a dream

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j.w.
short head

the best line on the market, for me.love too fish with thise line quick loading by the rollcast.loved it. the another lines that i have also,good job, tom

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D.R.
Incredible

I would just like to say thanks to Tom for an incredible service, I ordered my short head line for my Cali glass on Monday it arrives the following day! I sneak a little 2 fisher on the Wednesday at my local water, I’m still smiling today on how well it casts! Blown away is an understatement, keep up the fantastic work you do Tom. Officially rewriting fly fishing for me!!