Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
...for different jobs. I don't know exactly how big your "big nasties" are, but they are probably in line with the stuff we use up on the K-tok for 'bows. To throw big stuff you have to go by the adage of "it takes mass to throw mass". In your case the 650 Skagit on a 7 weight is going to enable the casting of very large flies and heavy sinktips on a lighter class rod, but it is not going to be the "ideal" rigging for getting maximum casting distance. If you want more distance with that rod you are going to have to drop down in line weight which of course also means that you will no longer have the necessary mass to throw the really big stuff. Most 13' 7 weights that I've messed around with will reach out to 85' or a bit more, but that's with a lighter tip and traditional type steelhead fly (unweighted, size 2). You have to choose your lines and their weights according to the function that you desire. By the way, the 70' range with very big nasties on a 7 weight is about as much as you should expect from that class of rod.