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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Skagit Spey w/Poly Tip

I need some opinions here from you guys that know more than me which should be just about all of you
I bought an Air Flo Skagit shooting head and put a 10' Air Flo floating Poly leader on it then attached a tapered steelhead leader to that. It cast pretty good but am I not using the Skagit head as it was intended? Would I be better off with an intermediate sinking head?
My Deschutes fishing buddy is scorching my butt on the steelhead using a sinking tip with his set-up. He's hooked six fish to my two and we are using the same fly and fishing the same water with the only difference being his sinking tip.
So what do you guys think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 10:35 AM
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Could be just fishing?

It is quite common to fish the same tackle, flies style water etc but for one of us to catch heaps and the other to get not a knock, the difference who can figure?
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I fished the Deschutes often a few yrs ago,[8dys each yr for about 5 yrs].The last couple of yrs ,I was using a 10ft floating poly tip with good succes[avg 3-5 moved fish a day].Only difference was that I used a 4ft straight piece of 8-10lb maxima off the poly.Beau
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The poly leader is tapered so you should just be attaching the tippet to the end of that leader. Skagit lines really shine with sink tips but also do well with floating tips. I would not hesitate to either use a sinking poly leader or a full 15' tip on the line. Whether you use a tip or floating line is dependent on the water you are fishng and often the weather. On very bright days I will usually use a tip and fish a bit deeper water as this water will still give fish cover not available in shallower runs. The option of course is a longer leader with a wighted fly. If your buddy is having more success with a method than you are with another method I would certainly try what he is doing!
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Well actually my fortunes turned this last Monday. With the setup I described I took my first "skated" fly steelhead on the Deschutes. Thanks for the advice about the tippet
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