Shooting Head Lines

shooting head lines

The new DTX Generation 2 Shooting heads have been designed like no other on the market today.

The Mackenzie design team have taken the G2 Shooting Head,  to a new level by ascertaining what it is that anglers are looking for in a shooting head. By utilising the experience of Scott and the design team we have created a range of heads that surpass any other on the market today in terms of balance, stability and performance.

From the outset, the brief at Mackenzie was to create a new range of products that would lead the way forward, rather than just following current trends or other brands.

The G2 heads are slightly longer than most on the market today, this allows for longer, more stable flight and ease of anchor placement particularly for those casters moving to shooting heads from full Spey lines.

One issue with a lot of shooting heads on the market today is that they are unstable in flight, they often tend to land back end first rather than drop in level and wobble on the point of turnover leading to poor and sometimes unpredictable presentation.

This is a result of the weight distribution within the head and a practically non-existent rear taper.

Efficient Spey casting requires a rear weighted profile and comparatively fine tip. However, this is not the recipe for long and stable flight or effective presentation of anything other than light leaders and small flies.

Our new G2 heads are cleverly tapered to give a balance between ease of casting, stable flight, and positive controllable turnover. They feature a lengthened rear taper and more even distribution of mass for smooth easy casting, predictable presentation in all conditions and excellent turnover of poly-leaders.

All DTX G2 Shooting heads are built with low stretch core, this gives the best possible transition of power between the rod tip and the line, which helps with hook setting at range.

Our new range of lines also feature small welded loops at each end allowing anglers to change heads or leaders quickly and easily whilst on the water.

The rear loop is stamped with the head weight and density for easy identification.


Weight / Length Line Price  
44g  - 10/11 - 13.5m Floating
44g- 10/11 -13.5m Floating / Inter-Sinking Tip £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
44g- 10/11 -13m Intermediate £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
44g- 10/11 -13.5m Floating / Headline System £69.99 VIEW DETAILS

44g- 10/11 -13m

Intermediate / Headline System £69.99 VIEW DETAILS
44g- 10/11 -12.5m Sink 2/3 Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
44g- 10/11 -12.5m Sink 3/4 Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
44g- 10/11 -13m Multi Tip System £89.99 VIEW DETAILS
42g -  9/10 - 12.5m Floating Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
42g -  9/10 - 12.5m Floating / Inter-Sinking Tip £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
42g -  9/10 - 12m Intermediate Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
42g -  9/10 - 11.5m Sink 2/3 Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
42g -  9/10 - 12.5m Multi Tip System £89.99 VIEW DETAILS
38g -  8/9 - 12m Floating Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
38g-  8/9 - 12m Floating / Inter-Sinking Tip £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
32g - 7/8 - 11m Floating Head £49.99 VIEW DETAILS
- / - Ridged Running Line £29.99 VIEW DETAILS

What Shooting Heads should you use on your DTX rod

DTX heads have different weight distribution to most of the other makes on the market .Heavily back weighted lines load the rod faster and deeper, as it is the line uppermost in the D loop, closest to the rod tip, that is responsible for rod loading. This can be clearly seen in this slow motion clip of a Spey cast, the rod has stopped and unloaded before the front of the line has begun to move.

With their unique design, the DTX heads are slightly heavier on paper than others on the market as the weight is more evenly distributed throughout the head. Heavily back weighted lines tend to be more unstable in flight and lack punch to deliver anything but smaller flies and light poly leaders in anything other than ideal conditions.

Below is a brief outline that we hope will help you when matching a DTX head to your rod.

Our floating heads vary in length with the weight. Lighter heads have a shorter overall length to ensure easy casting on the shorter rods that they are intended to be fished on.
We have reduced the length of our sinking heads relative to our floaters to make even easier work of sunk line fishing

Our 44g heads will suit most 16 and 15 foot rods rated for 10/11 lines. The 44g heads are perfect on our 15 foot DTX Shooting Head rod for those casters who like a deeper load or who cast with a longer more traditional stroke.

The 42g heads will suit softer 15foot rods and most 14foot rods rated for 9/10 lines.
Our 42g heads are well suited to our 15foot DTX Shooting Head rod for anglers who cast with a shorter stroke, or a more underhand style. They are perfect on our 14foot Shooting Head rod for those who like a deeper load, and cast with a longer stroke.

The 38g heads will suit softer 14ft rods, and more powerful 13 foot rods rated for 8/9 weight lines, our 38g heads are a perfect match for our 13foot DTX Shooting Head rod they also fly on our 14foot DTX Shooting Head rod for those anglers who use a shorter faster stroke.

The 32g heads will suit most 12 or 13foot rods rated for 7/8 weight lines, our 32g head loads the 12 foot DTX Shooting Head rod perfectly providing a good load for the short accurate casts often required on our smaller spate Salmon rivers yet will still fly when distance is required