Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
I also have more or less slipped into mostly airflo, but use all kinds. With a skagit head you will have to go with secondary characteristics, like Mike with liking the loops, as skagit heads don’t have a bonafide taper. They are fundamentally just a section of level line with loops on the end. In that they are all the same.
Now if you want to match one to a rod that is a different question, as are personal style preferences. Since some matches that are especially liked by some (e.g. the ultra short, dense commando heads) are especially disliked by others - it is all a matter of taste. As Arlo Guthrie once said, “a light is not any good without a dark to put it in.” If this is a first skagit head I would recommend you just stick with either a 510 or 540 airflo skagit compact, one of the most popular skagit heads. Once you get used to that middle-of-the-road head you will be better able to judge your personal tastes. Or as likely as not you will just be happy with it and not bother with experimenting further.
Either of those should be great on that rod - as would probably also be the case with the 480 - but if in doubt maybe go with the heavier if this is going to be a new experience. The 540 may give you a little bit more tactile feedback - if you are learning that is.
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