Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: St.Lawrence river
Hi smsnyder, I am also new, but will give it a shot. Both line types are shooting heads, that is eelatively short spey lines that can be used with interchangeable tips or polyleaders (floating or sinking of various rates). Skagits are short fat and heavy heads that shoot far and are easy to use with fast sinking tips and heavy flies, while Scandi heads also shoot good distance while being a bit longrr with more gradual taper which produces a more delicate delivery of slower sink tips and lighter flies. I've heard skagit is easier to learn(not sure if its true), but more importantly is the type of fly and sink tip you intend to use. A bit more info on your intentions would be usefull.
what rate sink tips do you intend to use? What size flies? Weighted flies? That will all be determining in best tool for the job.
Hope this helps and that more experienced posters will correct me if I'm wrong about anything!