Skagit user gone Delta

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Evan Burck, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Posts: 6,445
    Duvall, wa
    Ratings: +1,623 / 2
    When I first picked up a spey rod 4yrs ago, I was told unanimously to just use a skagit. I stuck with that advice for the most part, getting a scandi head here and there to try out, but ultimately using Skagits for all of my fishing. Recently, I was given a new Delta 7/8 as payment for a website project I did, and I gotta say, I wish I had discovered this sooner!

    Overall, I think the Delta is a superior style line. Only situations I can think of that a Skagit would be beneficial would be for very heavy flies, big sink tips, or when you have brush right at your back. But really, I rarely ever fish large flies, the type 6 sink in the multi tip Delta will fish most the water I tend to swing, and yesterday I was actually able to use an off shoulder cast to make my cast work out when I had brush at my back.

    Not only do I find it more enjoyable to cast, but it's a fantastic fishing line. The amount of control I have over my swings and mends is unreal when compared to the heavy shooting head/light running line combo I was used to. I am able to set up swings that used to be very difficult to control.

    Definitely not jumping in the "skagits are stupid" bandwagon by any means, but I don't think it should be the "go-to" line we tell the newbies to grab. Seems like Skagits have become the default line for most spey guys, but I just don't see the advantages now that I've tried something else. I'm very curious about the Rio UniSpey as well, and plan to give that a whirl soon too.
  2. constructeur Active Member

    Posts: 1,515
    Seattle, Wa
    Ratings: +410 / 0
    No more Flight love eh?
  3. LBC nymphing beads with a spey pole.

    Posts: 252
    BFE
    Ratings: +9 / 0
    I had that line when I first started and it seemed WAY too long... I think now that I get the dynamics of the cast, it would be alot of fun to not strip a shit ton of running line in on everycast and try and manage it. If we get together Thursday, I'll be anxious to give it a spin.
  4. Big Tuna Member

    Posts: 1,958
    Wenatchee, Washington
    Ratings: +39 / 0
    I am a big fan of the Delta. you should try a Vector if you fish a full floater. it's one of the few lines that I really feel makes me a better caster.
  5. SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

    Posts: 1,827
    Roy, WA
    Ratings: +13 / 0
    heh heh. another pilgrim saved.
  6. FLGator Member

    Posts: 646
    PNW
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    Amazing isn't it...
  7. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

    Posts: 17,400
    Kitsap Peninsula
    Ratings: +1,357 / 9
    Like the delta. Trying the delta long. I'm not worthy as of yet. Skagits still in the lineup because of my limited skill and how easy they are for fly delivery. Like the delta.
  8. Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

    Posts: 995
    do'n it 4 the chinookie
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    congrats on moveing to the dark side... As long as nobody mentions how much easier it is to skagit line cast, and how it definatley IS NOT the most versitile line system, then this should be a very civil thread...
  9. Panhandle Active Member

    Posts: 4,103
    Selkirk Mountains, Idaho Panhandle
    Ratings: +23 / 0
    Good job of ending the pain.
  10. Double D New Member

    Posts: 4
    Vancouver
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    Ah yes, and this is why the rest of the world perceives two handed fisherman as tools.
  11. TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

    Posts: 869
    Vancouver, WA.
    Ratings: +44 / 0
    ....and what is the most versitile system?
  12. Klickrolf Active Member

    Posts: 566
    Klickitat, Washington
    Ratings: +140 / 0
    Save the Delta long for longer rods, if you're using rods under 14' the delta is a very "fishy" line. The long delta is best with longer rods.

    What, or how long a rod are you using it on Evan? Please share a little more of the experience.
  13. Panhandle Active Member

    Posts: 4,103
    Selkirk Mountains, Idaho Panhandle
    Ratings: +23 / 0
    Evan, I imagine you must really enjoy the benefit of not having to strip your arm off as well.
  14. ralfish Active Member

    Posts: 291
    B.C.
    Ratings: +34 / 0
    The good old Delta. Durable and versatile. Its my go to winter line for tips, tubes and irons to 2/0
  15. g_smolt Recreational User

    Posts: 916
    58°19'59 N, 134°29'49 W
    Ratings: +161 / 0
    They have their uses, and they are fun as hell to cast.

    They don't fish worth a damn in uneven water, and they suck even more with a 30mph wind, but when things jibe for the delta they are the tits.
  16. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Posts: 6,445
    Duvall, wa
    Ratings: +1,623 / 2
    Running this on a 13'6" Decho.

    And to the wind comment: I would definitely put the Skagit back on in the wind!
  17. k2flyfisher its taco time. wheres the sauce?

    Posts: 408
    Portland, OR
    Ratings: +3 / 0
    longer lines are never a bad idea to add to the arsenal.
  18. SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

    Posts: 1,827
    Roy, WA
    Ratings: +13 / 0
    new to the board. right on.
  19. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Posts: 6,445
    Duvall, wa
    Ratings: +1,623 / 2
    Party on, Wayne!
  20. rick matney Active Member

    Posts: 1,302
    Bozeman, Montana
    Ratings: +3 / 0
    party on Garth