I use Rio
's Skagit Flight 425 with this rod and Rio
's Versi Spey 10' sinking leaders. Longer sinking tips/leaders can over whelm this rod. I haven't tried RIO
's T8 MOW tips with this rod, you might buy a couple and see how they work.
Fly Size is critical with my poor casting. Size 4 is the max for me with this rod. It doesn't do well with the longer articulating and wormlike Steelhead flies.
If I don't have to go deep in fast water and there isn't a lot of wind, my favorite line comb with this rod is Rio
's AFS ST6/7F Shooting head with this rod, and the 15' Rio
floating Spey Leader or AirFlow's long poly steelhead leader when there is no wind. If I have to go a little deep, I put on a 7' Rio
Versi 1.5 ips leader. I buy several of these leaders at a time as they work so well with the AFS head and the Skagit Flight.
This a fun rod, and I can cast it all day with the 6/7 AFS head and the above long leaders.
Going deeper than the 1.5 IPS tips/leaders for me is not where this rod works. If I have to go deep I go to its bigger sister, the Z7136. If it is really windy and I need to get deep with big flies, I go to the Bully Rod, the Death Star, Steve Godshall's SG'S line, and the T11 Mow tips.