Winter steelhead and skagit

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  1. MasterAnglerTaylor

    MasterAnglerTaylor Member

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    Ok so i know that the skagit throws tips well but.... how well would the skagit floating tip be able to throw winter nymph rig, indicator weight and all?

    Not sure if i would need a seprate line all together or what.
     
  2. floatinghat

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    It should throw it fine, depending of course you would need the right line rod combo etc. Pretty much throwing a jig and float.
     
  3. Derek Day

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    controlling it with a skagit line will be a bigger problem than throwing it
     
  4. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    iagree, a longer belly is much better for bobber fishing with a spey pole.
     
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    It is a little more difficult but if you are strapped for cash I wouldn't really bother. It is tougher to mend the line without moving your indicator using a thick Skagit but you can use a longer leader to compensate for this, leaving a generous portion of mono between the indicator and the fly line.
     
  6. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    I think the real key in answering Master Angler Taylor's question is the distance he intends to be fishing at.
    A lot of indicator fishing is done at closer ranges than the swung fly, and head +floating 15' tip + some leader + his rod length will put the indicator over 50 ft out without even shooting line on the cast. Gentle mending would be easy enough.
    On smaller rivers this would work OK, plus then he'd have the option of taking the whole contraption apart and fishing sinktips once the crushing boredom of bobber-staring begins to wear him down!:D
     
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    iagree
     
  8. poirierpro

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    Very true...but I dig nymphing with a Skagit...mending is harder but my bugs are in the water about twice as long as with a single hander.
     
  9. Aaron O'Leary

    Aaron O'Leary The Theory

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    It is not bad on flat runs, but it is a pain trying to stack mend and working different currents with the skagit head. I prefer to nymph with a single hander.
     
  10. fullerfly

    fullerfly Calvin Fuller

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    It is harder to control the dead drift since your running line is much smaller in Diameter than your head on a skagit. This makes mending difficult since the energy required to mend the smaller diameter line is much less than the energy required on mending the larger diameter head. It just doesn't transfer properly all the way down the line to your indicator. Using a line that has a more uniform diameter throughout (Long Belly or Double Taper Single hander lines) work much better and are easier to do a bunch of those tiny mends to keep your junk down. Since most of the time you are fishing distances outside your head length, a Skagit may not be the best option.
     
  11. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    true true Cal!
    I think any distance beyond maybe 70 ft would be PITA.
     

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