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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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rio skagit trout max

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anyone using one of these? I turned one of my single hand 9ft. 5 wt. into a micro 2 hander,and am thinking of buying one if I get some good feed back. thanks for any and all comments!!!
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I am using a 200gr on an ARE 12' 3/4wt with light MOW tips. I love the set up. I can over hand cast or do regular spey casts. Plus it is only $39, so if you don't like the line you aren't out a whole bunch of money.
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I test casted these at a demo day. Nice ultra short skagits. Smooth turnover for being so short, I was impressed. Good feel with the Connect core. Will turn over indicators and Poly's well. I'm comparing to my Wulff Ambush TT line and it seemed similar with bit less thickness at back end, giving it a little lighter feel. Couldve been that the line weight was a bit less but i still think there was something with the back taper that made it feel smooth in loading the rod. Also had less memory/coiling. Good for tight, technical fishing or small streams. May want bit longer line if fishing mid, large sized rivers, unless you like stripping a lot Overall, a good option for a micro
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That's the same rod I tested it on. I've been liking the 12' 3/4 ARE and I think I tried the line in the next weight up. I thought the soft tip on the rod could use a bit lighter line. Good to know you liked it, cuz I didn't have time to test that 200 grain. To the original poster, I think I'd rec that 2 wt line for you unless you have a really fast 5 wt and want a deeper load.
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I love how short the line is, especially for the smaller rivers here in NC. I almost went with a 225, but luckily the shop only had a 200. I'm running 25lb Berkley bg solar as my running line, and honestly the only thing that limits the distance on casting is trying to manage the running line. I have been using a 5 and 5 mow light and 2" bunny leaches with now problem at all. I wanted to try to put the line on my 5wt single today, but completely forgot.
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I think the lighter head is good for touch n go and offsets the weight of the mow tip a bit for a clean, straight loop. That light of line can be a delicate cast, and that is what I was looking for when trout fishing small streams. I wanted less splashdown than the Ambush 5wt has... and I think these lines deliver.

Shooting line management is essential for these short heads.
Used to use Berkley BG, until I tried Froghair mono. I like to use the 40 lb for these light lines. It shoots with less coiling/ tangles for me. Had to get use to it at first, but really like it!
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Thanks for the input,I appreciate it! I know for sure I'm going with the 200gr. Head, but up in the air over the running line.I have a 25 lb. Amnesia on hand,but not sure if that's quite what I want.
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For my lighter set ups I strictly use rio skagit max short

They are 17ft and throw beautifully

I've never used the trout lines which are 11 feet but the max short series rocks! and starts at 200grains

To me the videos of the max trout looked funny. It appeared almost as though the line was smashing the fly into the water. It looked odd but maybe that's just me
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Has anyone tried one of these lines on an Anderson 1174? And if so, which line weight did you like?

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I use the 225 grain on a 9 ft 5wt i converted, it throws a fast sink poly leader well, i will also throw a slightly longer, floating tip, which almost doubles the length of the head, but allows me to swing soft hackles or the like when i don't need a sinking leader for depth. I have also started using the 225 on a 7ft cgr rod, 4/5 wt with just a long leader. With these short heads it does take a bit of timing difference and i find i have trouble when going back to my standard 18 ft heads on heavier rods, but they have also allowed me to throw big bugs, on a fiberglass 4 wt, across the river which is something i love!
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ohiospey, if you don't mind me asking,what length tips are you using??
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I use a 10 ft poly leader i cut back to 8ish ft. i find it turns over larger flies little better. For floating tips i use a 10ft tip, little longer helps keep me from "blowing my anchor" and also makes up for less dense line as per the grains per ft of the poly leader vs floating. on the short rods i use a leader roughly the length of the rod, also with this a weighted fly helps keep your anchor set during your cast.
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Thanks for the input,I appreciate it! I know for sure I'm going with the 200gr. Head, but up in the air over the running line.I have a 25 lb. Amnesia on hand,but not sure if that's quite what I want.
25lb amnesia or 30lb big game is what i like, i find stripping retrieves effective with these short heads and like the slightly thicker running lines
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I have a 225 Skagit max short, 200 Skagit trout and a 275 commando. I fish the two small heads on a 9'6" 5wt I added a handle too. The 275 goes on a 6wt switch.

The small heads cast awesome with light mow tips or 10ft steelhead poly leaders cut back to 8ft. They can toss heavy bugs out to 80ft with ease.

For running lines I use frog hair mono. Coils bad on the small reels but after a stretch its game on.
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Really intrigued by these lines, thinking the 225 might work well on three different rods I've got- 10' (4/5 single hand blank) custom built switch, 9' 6wt Mangrove and 5/6 CGR.

Question for y'all- if I want to fish one of these with 5' of T8, could one hypothetically do that via using the 200 with a 5+5 MOW or just get the 225 and stick a 5' dual looped section of T8 on it?

Aside from some potential hinging, what would be the downside of the latter?
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