7110 and Scandi compact Help

longstick

Active Member
#1
I have found the 2 lines for my 5110 axis, a rio skagit 300 and airflo's scandi compact 300 grn. I have a 7110 axis also and this weekend I got a rio skagit 450 and cut it back to 24' which makes it a 400 gr. It flies! Now I am trying to see if anyone has any comments on scandi lines for it. I have casted a 6/7 AFS on the rod and works great but I am looking at the Airflo lines and can't decide on the 390 or 420grn. Can anyone that has either help me out. Thanks.
 
#5
In general, I believe that a Scandi line should be a little lighter than the Skagit line wt that works for you. This just seems logical to me based on the difference in the two casting methods.
 

Red Shed

"junkyard spey"
#6
My choices would be the Airflo Compact scandi in 360 or 390. If you liked the 6/7 AFS then the 390 would most likely fit your casting style the closest.
 

longstick

Active Member
#7
Thanks guys. So heres a dumb question... If I like the compact scandi 300grn on a 5110and I get a 390grn for the 7110 where would the 6110 fall in? I was thinking the 420 grn for the 7110 and that would put the 6110 in at 360grn. To me and I am dumb, but if I get the 390 for the 7, the 6 is only 30 grn away from either the 5 or 7. Meaning the only choice of line are a 330 or 360. It like we would need a 345 grn compact scandi for the 6 wt. This spey stuff is confusing shit.
 

shotgunner

Anywhere ~ Anytime
#8
Everyone has personal preferences and over time you learn whether your tastes run heavy, light, or about right on with popular opinion/reccommendations.

The longer the head/line the more grains it can soak up without altering the 'feel' of rod load. The 400gr AFS 6/7 specs 37' with the Airflo compact 390gr @ 31' and the 360 is 30'. If it was me I wouldn't go over the 390gr and would like a try with the 360gr first if possible.. But that's me not you.

The size/weight of flies and water I'd be on could play a role too.

Don't overlook Beulah's Elixir.. Great fishing lines.
 

Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
#9
360 compact scandi is just fine for a 6110, I have the TFO Deer Creek 6110 and I love the 360 compact scandi on it. Not only can I spey cast it but 360 grains is light enough that I can 2 handed over hand it for fishing Puget Sound beaches.
 

Banzai

FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs
#10
I haven't had the opportunity to test out the new compact heads yet, but, I do have the SA 38' 390gr Scandi ST-6F w/10' Trout type 6 polyleader and it fairly rocks on my Scott ARC 1196, it also functions quite nicely on my Cortland 12' 6" Spey. The ST-7F 40' 440gr w/same polyleader, flies like a jet on the (older model)11' 7wt Powell Tiburon I own, but feels a little slower with a Rio Skagit 400gr 27' body w/15' of T-14, but will still pull the tip and 1/4 of a chicken out to a good (for me) distance. I'm not a polished spey caster by any stretch, but maybe this can be used for a little comparison.
 
#11
In general, I believe that a Scandi line should be a little lighter than the Skagit line wt that works for you. This just seems logical to me based on the difference in the two casting methods.
iagree A general rule of thumb that I have seen used is about 10-20% lighter grain weight between the 2 line styles.