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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Travis Johnson, multi density Skagit heads and more.

Travis Johnson wrote an article about guiding fishermen using multi density Skagit heads and reports some results that might surprise you. Also, a cool guiding clip, Travis's new project, and Travis dry fly fishing on the Deschutes.
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Good stuff, Tim. I definitely think that 3D lines have their place. The problem with an angler always getting “new” gear, or having a wide variety of sink tips, is that most anglers don’t spend enough time on the water to really learn how their set-up fishes, or how the fly behaves, in a variety of water conditions. I believe an angler can be very successful with a floating skagit or a 3D set-up if they learn the nuances.

Years ago, I would put 3+ rods in the boat on a one day float trip. I would cover every section. It was a great way to catch fish. But some of those sections required me to fish in ways that I didn’t really enjoy.

Now, maybe because I’m getting older, selfish, or lazy, I put one rod in the boat. And I fish water that is both a place where steelhead would hold, but also conducive to my specific set-up. It is more enjoyable and I find myself with the same or even more success because I’m being thoughtful on presentation and fishing an ideal set-up on particular runs. A guy can really master a single line and rod in a variety of conditons if he just puts in the time and is confident.

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Good article and set of points. As a full time guide he's out there enough to get a good sample size and have meaningful data.

Fun anecdote: The fish at the top of the article Travis picked up behind me. Was last or second to last run of the day, had been a great day, but no action. I finally got him to pick up my second rod and fish - . . . get your guide to fish, you learn a crapton this way - couple minutes later, fish on.

I fished the winter/spring with a FIST on one rod and a floater on the other. I bet I was about 70/30 on hookups, but I bet that was also pretty close to the ratios of time fished.
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Everyone who fishes down and dirty with sink tips and lines knows there are limits. When set up to fish deep, fast water, I dare not swing all the way to the dangle, or let the fly dangle for more than a second or two - or I'm hung-up. As a wintertime sink-tip fisherman I try to adjust my rig so that my flies just tick the rocks. I also try to set up my fly so the hook rides point up. But I do loose quite a few flies. On the positive side (?) I have quite a collection of gear I've dragged up, lures, bobbers, even a fly line. I have concluded that well over half of the winter steelhead I've hooked were in less than 3 feet of water and would have been susceptible to dry line techniques -- and who knows how far the deeper ones would have risen to take a fly. BTW - I love my S1/S2 scandi line for winter fishing, I fish it much more than Skagits and tips.
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