Favorite Skagit Rod

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  1. Rodney K. Pabst

    Rodney K. Pabst Member

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    Hello all

    I would like your opinions on what would be your "one favorite" Skagit rod and setup for O.P. winter steelhead. Thanks for all your input.

    Rod Pabst
     
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    I am mainly a single hand caster, but I have recently started casting a two handed rod. The rod that I had been using was a Scandi type rod, and it seemed to be doing the trick. Yesterday I took a friend out in my boat who is pretty new to fly fishing but he had already bought a 13' Dec Hogan rod and was worried because he bought an Airflo Compact Skagit head which he felt was too short and didn't allow him to created a good D loop. I was showing him how to be patient and water load it, casting from the rowers seat out the left side of my drift boat(not much room for any D loop in this situation) I bombed that SOB without any effort. I can't wait until mine shows up.
     
  3. Will Atlas

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    I personally like the Sage VT2 (8139) that I fish. It has a deep flexing action, which in my opinion is desirable for a skagit cast and has good overall power. I fish a rio 550 skagit, not the sexiest line to cast, but a workhorse for sure. I've also fished the skagit compact, although I think its best suited to rods under 13.5 feet. You cant go wrong with a rio or an airflo skagit head. I've also cast a skagit specialist, it is a sweet rod with alot of power and not quite as deep a flex. The DECHOs are nice, but I've only tried the 6126 with an airflo delta, not really enough rod for winter fishing.

    Will
     
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    I have a Sage 8136 Traditional with a RIO 550 Skagit and it rocks. I also have a CND 9# 14 Expert that's nice but the Sage blows it away.
     
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    I have been throwing 7130 Decho this month and got it dialed in to my liking with a 600 grain Airflo compact. I love how this rod loads deep and has the backbone to chuck monsters if needed.
     
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    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Old Sage 8124 that I bought back in the nineties...
     
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    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Meiser 13'6" MKS, Sage 9141 is sweet too!

    Mine, since I don't own the above rods yet, is my TFO 13' Deer Creek rod with a 500 grain SA Skagit line! It ROCKS!! The new SA Scando line casts sweet too on it as well as a Hardy Mach I Plus. :beer1:
     
  8. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I am fond of the Kispiox Dredger from Loomis.
     
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    I'm using a 7/8 wt 13' 4" CND Solstice for most larger water steelheading. You'll find that most any 8 wt that flexes well into the butt section will toss a Skagit line, tip, and heavy fly quite well for winter steelhead on the OP and anywhere else.

    Sg
     
  10. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I will concur with Bill that the TFO 7/8 is a good skagit rod and will rock a 500 to 550 grain Skagit head.

    That being said my new CND 6/7/8 Solstice is an absolute dream to cast with a 510 grain Airflo compact Skagit. I found this out last Sunday, after adjusting a little from the TFO to the CND, I found the right stroke and was turning over flies at distances I didn't know that I was capable of before.
     
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    My goto rod is a Sage 8124. I haven't cast the newer 8123 but I have been told it is very similar to the 8124 and I am thinking I should get one. As far as a line goes I make my own, start off heavy and long and adjust until I like it. I would have to measure and weigh my current line.
     
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    The 13'6" MKS is mine. :thumb:
    There's lots of rods that can do it. They just all do it a little differently.
     
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    Loomis Kispiox 12'6" 5/6 with an Airflo Compact 420gr. For the coast its a great setup.
     
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    For me it's a Loomis Stinger GLX 12'6" 7/8wt. Loaded with a 550 grain skagit head it really rocks my world.
    My CND Skagit Special 13'8' 9wt. comes in at a close second.
     
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    k2flyfisher You're only so smart as what you choose to share.

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    Thomas & Thomas 13' 7wt. airflo compact skagit 540 for the heavier t-11 and up tips, and beulah elixir 8/9 cut back to .054'' (roughly 5ft) for anything lighter than that. both of these on 25lb amnesia. the 9wts havent seen much playtime recently- the same job gets done with a properly lined 7.
     
  17. Will Atlas

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    I also own a 6/7/8 solstice and have really enjoyed fishing a 510 skagit compact on there. Good for smaller races of winter steelhead, but I would feel undergunned on some of the larger fish on a river like the Skagit, Sauk, Hoh, Quilleyute etc. I figure the 6/7/8 is probably good on fish up to ab out 15 lbs
     
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    K2,

    Your set up are very attractive to me. I am thinking the amnesia and compact skagit too. How well they shoot? How far away the fishy spot from you? I have some trouble shooting big cornhead something similar to Shock and Awe type fly... bawling:
     
  19. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Sage 9141 with a SA skagit multi tip. 950gr set-up.
     
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    I mostly use 2:

    Winston BIIX 13'3" 7/8 with a 500 grain head and a Sage Z-axis 9143 with a 600 gr head plus 5 foot cheater. The Winston is great for everything but big chunks of T-14 or heavy type 8 tips (I don't like roll casting it to the top first). It's my first choice on the Deschutes or other water where i primarily fish a type 6 tip. For big water or really needing to get down (15' for T-14 and an intruder the size of a small chicken), I use the Sage.

    HJ