Favorite Skagit Rod

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  1. k2flyfisher

    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.
     
  2. 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
     
  3. yuhina

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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:
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. hook jaw

    hook jaw New Member

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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
     
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    12ft 6in cts skagit blank with a airflo skagit line.
     
  7. Will Atlas

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    hook jaw, do you fish sink tips on the Deschutes all summer? Doc, what is a cts blank?
     
  8. k2flyfisher

    k2flyfisher You're only so smart as what you choose to share.

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    Yuhina- the amnesia shoots incredible, and at $4.50/spool of 200ft, thats a hell of a lot cheaper than any other runner out there. the problem is getting a hold of the stuff- if you see it, buy it up because sunset is no longer manufacturing it. i was hitting the far bank at around 95' this morning with no problem- and if you stretch it out before you fish, its stiff enough that it wont tangle as much as normal runners...and the best part when it "melts" through your guides? silence.
    as far as chucking those shock and awes? just remember that you need grains to throw grains- so by that i mean that youll have an easier time turning over coneheads with 10ft of t14 than 10ft of t8. what size cones are you throwing? nothing short of a garden hose will turn over those 7/16 helmets "with ease".
     
  9. hook jaw

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    I don't fish sinktips in the summer on the Deschutes or really anywhere. In the summer I just use a Vision shooting head with a floating polyleader on the BIIX. I'll switch that rod over to a skagit head & sinking tip sometime in mid-November depending on weather and water temperature.

    HJ
     
  10. yuhina

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    Thanks a lot! k2,
    I am using 7/16 cone with bunny fur... "just remember that you need grains to throw grains- " I guess a heavy tip t14 and strong head combination is what I need... good suggestion! I appreciated!:thumb:
     
  11. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    K2,

    I noticed the same thing about the amnesia. At times it is very hard to tell without looking whether or not you have a good hold of it. I prefer something a little thicker that I can feel better. As far as performance goes, it is a great product.
     
  12. bhudda

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    will, cts blanks are what Meiz' uses for his rods i believe, they have killer short rods at 7ft/7-8wt rods for small water big fish, i believe they are from NZ ? was interested in the cts skagit, but.............you should ask ron what he thinks of them:)
     
  13. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    Actually it is once again being manufactured in Kansas or one of those prairie states and is available in all colors and break strengths including 30# black.