Hopefully not adding to the confusion, but I just lined the 3106 with a RIO
Skagit Trout Max 250, mated to my usual 10' Airflo Intermediate Salmon/Steelhead poly leader. Booms out there and turns over 3 1/2 inch bunny strip flies with a bead head out to 55-65 feet. Running line is an old batch of Airflo Memory Release Mono in 30lb (yellow), although I'm probably going to switch to OPST Lazar 40lb.
The grains/foot of the Skagit Trout Max brings the overall grainage down but still maintains the same feel and "punch" I formerly experienced with the Skagit Max Short 325. You're looking at 22.72 grains/foot vs. the 16.25/foot of the Max Short 325. I think adding this dimension to head design is a game changer as it really syncs up better with shorter/switch rods.
If you go this route, you may see conflicting info about what grains are best suitable for your rod. I would suggest that you keep in mind that RIO
's recommendations, for example, account for the addition for a light MOW tip or similar sink tip (or so I've been told). That said, a RIO
light MOW tip is 90 grains so you'll want to consider your tip weight when figuring out what Trout Max head weight to go with. Since Poly's are 55-60 grains, I "color outside the lines" of standard reco's and add anywhere between 25-50 more grains.
Consequently, I did try an iMOW light with both a 200 and 225 Trout Max and preferred the 225 BUT, felt that the iMOW + Trout Max set was clunky.
This weekend I'm going to see how an OPST Commando in 275 (with a 10' Poly) works. I tried the 250 Commando and felt it to be a little light. Weird, because it pencils out at 18.5 grains/foot (more than the Max Short). Maybe the head length of the Max Short (20 feet) provides enough additional stick to balance out the lower grainage, but who knows.
I'll report back on how the 275 operates.