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Testing OPST Skagit heads

All I can say about these is one word: “WOW!”

Unreal lines ......no gimmick here

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Glad you're liking 'em. I've been a fan of the heads since they first came out and recently added a smooth version that is a great integrated line. They work so well on single handers and trout switch rods. Got to give credit to Ed & Jerry for being innovative leaders in the micro skagit development.
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I just order the commando groove head. 5’ float 10’ intermediate. Interested to try it out
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All I can say about these is one word: “WOW!”

Unreal lines ......no gimmick here
What are you using them on? I find unless It's been a single hander they were too short for me. I even tried one on my 10ft 8wt single hander and didn't care for it. The Ambush lines seem to work much better for me.

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What are you using them on? I find unless It's been a single hander they were too short for me. I even tried one on my 10ft 8wt single hander and didn't care for it. The Ambush lines seem to work much better for me.

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I picked up an OPST for my 10ft 8wt Quantum single hander and will say it's just "OK".
Like Dan, I prefer the Wulff Ambush.


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All I can say about these is one word: “WOW!”

Unreal lines ......no gimmick here
What are you using them on? I find unless It's been a single hander they were too short for me. I even tried one on my 10ft 8wt single hander and didn't care for it. The Ambush lines seem to work much better for me.

Dan
Huh......I was casting them on a 12’6” 6wt and a 13’4” 8wt.......absolutely jacked across the river....friggin unbelievable!! Easiest casting heads I’ve ever cast! Monster fly on the end as well with heavy tip.....single Spey, snake roll, double Spey, snap T, perry poke, didn’t matter, just effortless blasting across the pond. I couldn’t believe it actually
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What are you using them on? I find unless It's been a single hander they were too short for me. I even tried one on my 10ft 8wt single hander and didn't care for it. The Ambush lines seem to work much better for me.

Dan
I picked up an OPST for my 10ft 8wt Quantum single hander and will say it's just "OK".
Like Dan, I prefer the Wulff Ambush.


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Never tried them for single hand rods Mike, I was using them on a 12’6” 6wt and a 13’4” 8wt and they just absolutely jacked across the river. Unreal man, just sailing off the end of the rod.....I couldn’t believe it! I’ve never casted anything so easy and effortless. We were using some pretty big winter flies and had no issues sending it out wherever we wanted. Wind? No problem! I’ve never casted anything that sailed like these
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I just order the commando groove head. 5’ float 10’ intermediate. Interested to try it out
You’ll love it! When you use a longer Spey rod, just keep rod angle lower, almost like a sidearm. It just friggin blasts out there like nobody’s business!

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I like my Commando Heads. My longest rod is a 7137 Onyx and it’s the only one I don’t run a Commando on even though I can. All of my Beulahs love Commandos as do the H2s and the Death Star. You definitely need to adjust your stroke but when they fire they can really fly. I’m surprised you are just finding them.
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I like my Commando Heads. My longest rod is a 7137 Onyx and it’s the only one I don’t run a Commando on even though I can. All of my Beulahs love Commandos as do the H2s and the Death Star. You definitely need to adjust your stroke but when they fire they can really fly. I’m surprised you are just finding them.
Haha, me too! I’ve known about them, but never tested them out. Going to use it on my 12’6” 6wt since that’s the shortest Spey rod I have and the one I tested it the most on 👍 it’s hard to wrap your mind around the lower grain weight man, but it works!

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Haha, me too! I’ve known about them, but never tested them out. Going to use it on my 12’6” 6wt since that’s the shortest Spey rod I have and the one I tested it the most on 👍 it’s hard to wrap your mind around the lower grain weight man, but it works!
Ive got all of the Commando Heads (I think) so if you're looking to test out let me know and I can loan you a few for stamps.
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Haha, me too! I’ve known about them, but never tested them out. Going to use it on my 12’6” 6wt since that’s the shortest Spey rod I have and the one I tested it the most on 👍 it’s hard to wrap your mind around the lower grain weight man, but it works!
Ive got all of the Commando Heads (I think) so if you're looking to test out let me know and I can loan you a few for stamps.
Thanks man!

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What have you been using up until this eureka moment? Are you normally a skagit slinger?

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What have you been using up until this eureka moment? Are you normally a skagit slinger?

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Hey Dan, I like both skagits and scandis......and I still like them very much! I was just blown away at how powerful and easy to cast a 15’ skagit is on a Spey rod.

I don’t think there is 1 line that is the ‘best’. I love the FIST Skagit head a ton, and I love Rios Skagit Max tapers. I have some SGS Scandiod that rock, and another Scandi that is sweet.

The OPST is unique. It’s short (easiest line to cast when you are tight to the bank) loads extremely well, and launches effortlessly.
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Huh......I was casting them on a 12’6” 6wt and a 13’4” 8wt.......absolutely jacked across the river....friggin unbelievable!! Easiest casting heads I’ve ever cast! Monster fly on the end as well with heavy tip.....single Spey, snake roll, double Spey, snap T, perry poke, didn’t matter, just effortless blasting across the pond. I couldn’t believe it actually


Never tried them for single hand rods Mike, I was using them on a 12’6” 6wt and a 13’4” 8wt and they just absolutely jacked across the river. Unreal man, just sailing off the end of the rod.....I couldn’t believe it! I’ve never casted anything so easy and effortless. We were using some pretty big winter flies and had no issues sending it out wherever we wanted. Wind? No problem! I’ve never casted anything that sailed like these
A good friend received quite a few of these heads when they first debuted. He strung'em with CF Burkheimer's 11 footers when those where still fresh on the market too. He did quite well fishing in close using tandem tube flies.

I too, am with "just OK" about these. Just not into heads as much and could only think "Royal Wulff Ambush flylines" when I got to cast it a few times.

There is now an "intergrated" Commando version too.

Lot of guys used the Ambush (in heavier weights) with 12 and 13 foot rods in tight spots back them.
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A good friend received quite a few of these heads when they first debuted. He strung'em with CF Burkheimer's 11 footers when those where still fresh on the market too. He did quite well fishing in close using tandem tube flies.

I too, am with "just OK" about these. Just not into heads as much and could only think "Royal Wulff Ambush flylines" when I got to cast it a few times.

There is now an "intergrated" Commando version too.

Lot of guys used the Ambush (in heavier weights) with 12 and 13 foot rods in tight spots back them.[/QUOTE]

Never tried the Ambush heads, sounds interesting. I’ve never tried OPST heads in switch rods though either. For what it’s worth, my limited experience is primarily with an Echo TR 12’6” 6wt

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