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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Trout spey line for dries?

I'm lookingg for a line recommendation. I have a 10' Anglers Roost 3/4wt (fiberglass) rod that performs well with a OPST 11' 225gr scandi head with a versileader. Is there something I can switch out the versileader with to fish dries? I was thinking abut trying to weigh out section of old 5wt floating line to match the weight of the versileader. Also open to full line recommendations.

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Definitely try your home made float tip! You might have to play with the length until you find what works for you. I use a 240 grain rio scandi short with 12'-15' mono leader on my 3wt redington hydrogen trout spey. Works good for me unless it's very windy. Since you're running a glass rod, you might have to go a little lighter (210 grains or even lighter maybe)? That said, don't discount any floating WF 5 or 6 weight fly line you might already have... My rod will also t&g cast an unknown manufacturer WF5F line I had just laying around. It is easier to cast the rio scandi head however. Good luck!
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are you using a floating versileader I have thrown dries on my ARE 5/6 using a Steve Godshall scandoid line and floating Rio scandi versileaders. Not the most delicate dry fly presentation but definitely a good option for bombing dries on a trout spey
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are you using a floating versileader I have thrown dries on my ARE 5/6 using a Steve Godshall scandoid line and floating Rio scandi versileaders. Not the most delicate dry fly presentation but definitely a good option for bombing dries on a trout spey
I did a quick search for versileaders before posting but did not come across those for some reason. Thanks for pointing out their existence. I just ordered an OPST floating tip. If that is not to my liking I'll try a floating versileader.
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I am using the rage compact by airflo with various tips and really like it for my 4wt. I do not fish dries, but do use of floating for soft hackles when I want them in the film.
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The opst floating tips work great.
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A 10ft floating tip with a 10ft Airflo trout polyleader should be the ticket.
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A 10ft floating tip with a 10ft Airflo trout polyleader should be the ticket.

Yep. This is the standard thing to do with a skagit head to turn it into a dry line - if you must. Just a regular tapered mono trout leader on the end of the floating tip should be fine - can be very nice for swinging flies like soft hackles just below the surface. But unless you are using foam ones spey casts do not play well with most dry flies as they will get them waterlogged VERY quickly. Consider another line that will be more pleasurable to cast overhead two-handed - almost anything that is NOT a skagit head would be a more appealing candidate, including a regular trout line with the correct weight to work overhead on your spey rod.

If you really need to use the skagit head then another thing you can get from Steve Godshall is a special “mendmaster” running line that is mendable for a number of feet past the head as that is another limitation of using such a short heads for dries.

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