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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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SA TC Tips

Anyone else use these tips or anything similar as micro skagit heads? I thought I'd try one out from an online retailer for $25 bucks. I figured the specs were very close to the lighter opst & rio trout max heads so what the heck. I ordered the 12'160 grain floater.

Well either that online retailer was dropping the ball, or they are ultra generous, because they shipped me the entire kit. That's 5 tips of varying densities for the price of 1.

I took them out yesterday and was extremely pleased! I cast them on my 8.5' fiberglass 6wt(overhead), my 9.5 3wt, and 7' 4wt. The casting was smooth and the tips in lighter densities felt really nice on the swing. Water levels were low, so I didn't actually fish the fast sinking tips.

The heads felt a little short for the longer rods, so I used 3' of 25lb and 2' of 20lb rio hard mono leader material(it's a shame it's discontinued. the turnover is amazing) with a foot of fluoroflex tippet to bring the whole system to about 18'.

I did try the 7ips tip on my 250gr trout max head and 4wt switch rod. I had previously been using aiflo custom cut tip material and the difference was astonishing. the taper on the SA tip made the cast feel waaaay smoother than before.

At the end of the day, I was skunked, but really excited to try these on my wide local tailwaters and prespawn smallies in a few months.
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You made a very good buy!

I too have single hand overhead and Spey cast tips which have come with DH shooting heads. 15ft tips alone are nice when a rod is about 7ft 3wt but sometimes I cast only 12ft tips. I also have a set of 20ft 180gr Loop tips which have very nice taper which are fine with 5wt rod. For longer and stronger SH rods and casts I make tips heavier and longer using 1ft to 10ft pieces of looped heavy Skagit bellys or other line pieces. I am used to use at least 9ft leader when I Spey cast.

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That is a good versatile kit. I also got this kit for almost nothing (and I mean nothing) from the Denver Fly Fishing Show. This my go to set of lines on my 11 ft switch rod.

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I haven't tried the tips alone, but I love them as tips. I will definitely give them a try on their own as a head on my 4 weight single hand rod now that you suggested it
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