Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
One thing to keep in mind...
...is that Skagit casting was developed under actual, on-river fishing conditions inherent to the ALL-SEASON fishing circumstances found on the rivers of the PNW, with the sole intent of taking "fishability" to the extremes. So, yeah, wind capabilities are extremely good with a properly balanced and cast Skagit system. "We" were not out there trying to figure out ways to impress our fellow anglers with how tight of loops we could throw, or looking for compliments alluding to "gracefulness" - we left that for the Traditional practitioners, and the Scandi guys. Skagit casting came into existence for one reason - to be able to effectively fish a DH flyrod in as many circumstances as possible. The members of the mostly anonymous-to-the-public group I ran with in the "early days" of Skagit casting - the Intruder clan, if you will - the names of whom are generally only known by the dedicated steelhead flyanglers of the early '90's ("our" "heyday" of steelheading), were considered "hardcore" by those that themselves were looked upon as such (hardcore). ALL of us used Skagit casting, NONE of us switched to any other style of Speycasting. Once again, there's a REASON for this. An interesting fact to note, is that the individuals I am speaking of were SUPER INTENSE (as was I back then when I was younger) steelheaders, and that descriptor doesn't hardly even begin to touch on the severity of the steelheading drive we had back then. To say it one more time, there's a reason that Skagit casting was the ONLY casting of choice!
I have been told a few times that I seem to have an agenda of "pushing" Skagit casting. The truth is I really could care less what style of casting anyone uses, in fact, as far as I'm concerned, the more people that use other styles of Spey, the better the fishing is for me. What I can't let slide is incorrect information, or disinformation about Skagit casting. Anyone that looks back on all my "diatribes" on Skagit casting will see that such postings were always preceded by either one or the other of those factors -either incorrect or "dis" information. Unfortunately, much of this "bad info" occurs because of the varying interpretations of Skagit, and also, so few people actually have ever done or seen "true" Skagit casting as the term applies to "sustained anchor" casting. This is incredibly evident by the number of references here, and even on some casting media, that Skagit is for sinktips only, that Skagit throws big, open loops, has lower line speeds, you can do touch-n-go casts with your "Skagit" set-up -
I say BS! People come to these types of conclusions because they try Skagit for a while, long enough to "make it work" and then make judgements based off of that experience. Well, truth is, Skagit casting is just like any other complicated endeavor - it takes a considerable dedication of time and effort to get to a stage whereby one can TRULY realize the FULL benefits of the casting style. Skagit works GREAT with floating tips and full floating lines. Skagit will throw tight loops if you want it to, but in most cases it has the energy to achieve the same distance and/or wind penetration of the other casting styles with the use of a wider casting loop, which means a more RELAXED casting conduct. Why go through the "rigidity" in casting composure routine if you don't have to - it's friggen tiring! Skagit casting will produce VERY high line speeds, but if you don't need them, then once again, why put yourself through the extra effort? And yes, you CAN do touch-n-go casts with your Skagit LINE - and if they work well, then you can be diggedydadgum sure that indeed you are not realizing the full potential of your system in a TRUE Skagit capacity. In a way, this style of casting has one huge disadvantage - it's so/too easy to get started in, which then prompts participants to falsely believe that they've "got it down", even though in reality they are FAR from even being in the intermediate stages!
Last edited by Riveraddict; 04-03-2008 at 10:05 PM.