I had the chance to spend time with these lines over the weekend, and I dig 'em both. It's crazy to be able to deliver and turn over big heavy streamers on such light gear.
I've been using a 200gr Commando on my 4wt Echo SR since it came out. The light MOWs work a bit better than the polys for streamers. If I was looking to scale down the fly then I'd probably roll with a polyleader. I've really liked the concept and have gotten used to not having to wait for the d-loop.
My question about the Rio
Trout Skagits has been if you should go lighter, like OPST recommends you do with theirs. After having cast the Rio
lines over the weekend, I was comfortable with the Rio
225gr on my 4wt SR...where I had liked the 275gr Rio
Short Max before. The 250gr felt like it was too much (for me anyway).
I also spent time with the 4wt Winston Microspey and really liked the 250gr Rio
Trout Skagit on it with 10' of T-8. It had plenty of power to do what I needed it to.
All in all, great lines, and great additions to the arsenal. Now, if we could get these heads with an integrated running line (HINT HINT) they'd be perfect...