Anyone else moving away from the skagit system this winter?

Just curious to know if anyone else has decided on a different winter strategy. I switched to the Guideline Power Taper DDC, around mid season, last winter and can't see any reason to return to the skagit line.

So are you getting away from the skagit line?

Feel free to answer, even if you have never used a skagit, and list the merits of your winter system of choice.

Thanks, James.

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
Never been in the presence of a Guideline DDC, but the skagit lines I have deliver the goods better than my skill level and experience deserve.


spent last winter fishing the ddc and other scandi lines....back to skagit...trying to put lipstick on a pig..

I've heard, read, listened to guys who can huck bigger or weighted flies with them but it didn't work that well for me...Honestly, end of the season was coming and I just said fuk it..went back to my skagits and the ease they fished all the fly sizes I wanted just left me scratching my head...

Were talking winter run fish here, not summers and yes I've caught them on smaller flies etc but trying to battle a line when another one is much easier to use??? well I was pig headed and had to find out for myself...

I really like the guideline lines and own a few..but have to be honest with myself and ask..."was this the right line for what I'm fishing?" my answer was "No"...
Now I watch guys on my last trip and they are still using the good old delta..throwing big azz flies and still loving that line...price is right as well...or you can do like kerry and make your own..

should add that what finally helped change my mind was watching my bud land another steelhead while I was still stubbornly fishing my scandi head...not catching fish will put a damper on anyone enthusiasm..

This is just my .02 from my experience...yours could be a whole lot different..won't know till you try it out yourself..

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
I'm fairly satisfied with my lines right now. I have a couple of empty spools but can't afford to be filling them just cause. I beleave the correct line is the key to making everything work but will have to live with what I have, close is good enough.

stewart dee

I am going to lead core and neoprene waders so if you see that on the water just smile and wave.
What I like about the guideline DDC is that it's a full intermediate/sink line. I can get away with a lot lighter system and still get it down by changing tips. It fishes extremely well lower and slower in the water column, with an unweighted fly. As far as fly size goes.... won't cast a set of car keys but you won't need it will cast a 2"-3" unweighted leach or intruder no problem.

Nothing against the skagit, it's a work horse, and I've been pretty successfull employing it. The sinking powertaper just seems to be a more efficient way to fish, in winter, if you choose to swing flys.
After over 20 years of spey casting and countless lines both home made and stock, nothing is better for me for than a Skagit system. I will continue to try new set ups as they come along but right now I find that the Skagit set up is the most comfortable for me.


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To answer the original question, YES. Last winter 40% of my fish were taken swinging a weighted fly on a long leader off of a dryline. I hope to increase that percentage this year.

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