Yesterday, I was on the American River testing my newest stick, the Death Star. At first I was using the Rio
Skagit Flight 550 with the 15 Rio
Spey Versi 1.5 ips Leader with a 3' tippet. All flies worked well, and I was shooting 2-4 rod lengths of running/shooting line.
At about 1 pm we had a warming spell and the air temp got to a little above 70 degrees. I started seeing some flashes of Silver out about 60' in a foam line, and I caught a half pounder (either the latest or earliest yet on that river) just as the fly hit the water. Then, some 2' Steelies started jumping/striking on the surface.
I changed from my Skagit Flight Spool to a spool with the RIO
AFS 7/8 with the 15' Rio
Floating Spey Versi leader and a few feet of tippet and a floating steelhead bee. The wind had started upstream at about 8-10 mph.
The AFS 7/8 and 15' leader just didn't perform regardless of what cast I tried and even my overhead/underhand cast and. I tried a smaller fly and the same problems occurred re short casts barely a rod length of running and shooting line going out and the fly and tippet looking like a wounded bird. The Death Star never felt loaded with any cast.
I went to the shore and took that spool off and put my Skagit Flight 550 back on with the 15' Rio
Spey Versi floating leader. After a couple of casts, I was getting out about as far as I had been with the 1.5 ips leader. Unfortunately, the fish were gone.
Looking back, I never really tried the AFS 7/8 Head with my Z7136. Rio
came out with the AFS heads at the same time Gary Anderson finished my Z6126. Bob Pauli Ian Gordon helped me find the line AFS 6/7 and matching it with the new Rio
15' Spey Floating Versi Leader at the Speyorama that year. At that time the 6126 and AFS 6/7 and 15' floating leader became my dry line tools, and my Z7136 was relegated to using Skagits and the various sinking Versi Leaders.
So does anyone have an AFS 8/9 or 9/10 Head, they would like to trade for a barely used AFS 7/8 head. Or a Skagit flight 600 head for my AFS Head?