I'm just gonna tag along on this thread...How do you like the FIST compared with the old intermediate. I have the int both for my switch and a cut back version for my SH and absolutely love how it fishes and casts. What would the potential advantages be with the FIST? disadvantages?Airflo Intermediate is discontinued and replaced with the FIST head. The FIST is super awesome.
Working at Rajeff Sports, my opinion may be slanted. I think it's the best way to do an intermediate head. I drew up this diagram to show how they sink.I'm just gonna tag along on this thread...How do you like the FIST compared with the old intermediate. I have the int both for my switch and a cut back version for my SH and absolutely love how it fishes and casts. What would the potential advantages be with the FIST? disadvantages?
Yeah, a few things. Thew new Skagit Switch G2 and the Skagit Scout the main additions to the spey world. The Scout is an interesting beast. Super short Skagit head that can be used on switch rods, or a singlehander as a single-hand spey head. There's also the beach and surf lines, which are pretty cool lines, but not exactly spey related.Evan, anything new from Airflo for next year?
What we carry here for USA distribution is based on what sells in the USA, and the intermediate Rage would not sell here, much like the intermediate Skagits were a tough sell. A few other companies have tried the intermediate Scandi in the USA, but have discontinued production or USA distribution (like Guideline). From what I know, we've only had one real direct request for that head from one consumer, but no dealers or reps. So it seems demand is still minimal.I second the Rio iShort. I use the 350 on my 5 weight spey and it's my go-to line when I need to cast larger flies w/tips and I appreciate not needing to mend.
The NextCast Zone in F1 is a great line but it doesn't come in lighter sizes and is hard to find in stock.
The Airflo FIST is a nice head that I use on heavier rods but it is a specialty line and in no way shape or form replaces an intermediate.
An Airflo Rage in intermediate would be a fantastic line but seems to only be available in the UK and in heavier sizes. My feedback to Airflo is to bring to the US and recognize the spey world does not begin at 7 weight!
If you think an int rage head would be cool then check out the Rio Scandi body intermediate. It's basically a hybrid scandi skag hybrid like the Rage but a full intermediate and clear! I don't know why people don't use it more because it's sweet. Check out reviews on it.An Airflo Rage in intermediate would be a fantastic line but seems to only be available in the UK and in heavier sizes. My feedback to Airflo is to bring to the US and recognize the spey world does not begin at 7 weight!
Jesus Christ, that's a lot of separate "tips" and middle sections that seem interchangeable...Interesting thread, what's considered old may be considered new again! I recall a line called the "Windcutter Interchangeable tips Spey line." The later versions came with a "density compensator" section which could be used to replace the 2nd floating section and sink tips added. Today this useless old line would perfectly describe a scandi multi-density line. Used as designed a floating with sinktip line of 50+ feet becomes a multi-density scandi type line around 37' with density compensator and sinktip. I used these lines for many years but rarely used the density comp section because I didn't think I needed it.
Here's the specs of the old MT Windcutter. Tip 2 would be slow sinking (density comp or int. sink) and the final tip of whatever sink rate you wanted. No market exists for these line though...?
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Sorry, guess I should shut up since this won't work with 5 or 6wt or lighter lines.