Scandi heads and polyleader?

Drifting man Grann

Active Member
I have a couple quick questions about polyleader length. My Rod is a Saige one 6wt 12.6. I have an airflo 390 scandi Conpact line for it. Most of my fishing has been with the Skagit set up but this year I want to learn the Scandi.

What length and sink rate of polyleader would be best?
Do I have the right size Scandi head for my rod?

Thank you

Bob Rankin

WFF Supporter
I use 10’ to 12’ polyleaders on my 12’8” 6wt Burkie. Mostly just the floating and intermediate tips, and a 420gr rage head. It’s a pretty good combo.

Joshua L

New Member
I’m a fan of the 10’ ft polyleaders on a similar length rod. Floating, intermediate, sink all good. To start, casting will be easier with a sink, my favorite is the 3.2 (?) ft/ sec, I think it is airflos extra fast sink. More stick on your anchor, less blown anchors... Can’t speak to the grains on your rod but sounds about right! Have fun!


Active Member
The RIO grain guide is a good place to start when buying line for a rod based on that chart you're right in the recommendation.

Whether or not it's easier throwing poly's I'd say depends on your casting style. If you're throwing singles and snake-rolls (splash-n-go) then mono leader and unweighted flies are eaiser to cast. If you're throwing sustained anchor casts (snap-T, double-spey, etc) then there's some advantage to having a poly leader or tip to help with the anchor.

The 10' poly seems like a good length for your rod. Get out there (if your legal jurisdiction allows it) and cast with and without the poly leader and let us know how it goes!


I fish a 10' floating Poly with a 390 Scandi Compact on my Loop Exact 12'6 6 weight, it being my favorite set up for A run fish on the Clearwater. I can't compare the Loop to your Sage but you are probably in the ballpark.


Active Member
i like the rage a little better with poly sink leaders. but then i am proably more of a sloppy caster than most guys. i do use them with my scandi just not over 10ft and then keeping it slow and trying not to cast it like its a skagit.


still an authority on nothing
You could try the 390, with an Int poly for starters. But that rod's more of a true six.
You might like a 420 compact with a mono leader better though, dryline time's a comin'.
Polys get heavier as sink rate increases, for any given length. So if the line still feels light, try a heavier poly.
For head length, try a head that's 2.5X rod length or so. Especially important if you're underhanding.
You doing sustained anchor or T&G?

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