Topshot length for tossing iron?

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Had an open/lively discussion today down at the local watering hole with regards to tossing iron and leader/top length.

I am proponent of the longer topshot length 70-100yds although a few fellas use 40-50yd topshots.

Granted skill set aside as well as rod length/lure weight, what length(s) do you fellas use predominately.

I would rather toss with a longer topshot rather than have the braid go through the guides purely to prevent wind knots and professional over-runs.

Comments?

I am all ears!!!!!
 
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I have had this discussion many times. For me the bottom line comes down to the distance an individual can cast. If you can cast a jig 80 yards and don't want the knot going back and forth through the guides every cast possibly causing a back lash or ripping your thumb open you need a hundred yard, (or longer), topshot, or a short leader so the knot will not pass through the tip. For example if you are using a ten foot jig stick you would want approximately a six foot leader give or take. This works for me but I am sure there are plenty of other recommendations out there.
 
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I have had this discussion many times. For me the bottom line comes down to the distance an individual can cast. If you can cast a jig 80 yards and don't want the knot going back and forth through the guides every cast possibly causing a back lash or ripping your thumb open you need a hundred yard, (or longer), topshot, or a short leader so the knot will not pass through the tip. For example if you are using a ten foot jig stick you would want approximately a six foot leader give or take. This works for me but I am sure there are plenty of other recommendations out there.

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I prefer the longer mono topshot, so I can change it out every night, or sometimes mid-day..... :rolleyes:

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I think it comes down to how far you can cast on your best one. Figure out how long your casts are and add twenty yards to it and that's your top shot length. Just my two cents on how I do it.
 
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I like a long mono topshot and if I use it a lot during the day i change it every night...IMO line takes a huge amount of abuse casting
 
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I use straight mono for the surface iron, no spectra. Change it every day and I usually do ok
 
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