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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Line Question for New Rod

I've been using single handers for a while, but am new to the spey, and finding it tough to choose a line. I am definitely thinking of a multi tip line so i can use a floating tip, or sink tips. The SA Skagit Deluxe and Airflo Delta Short Multi kind of stand out, but I was wondering what you guys think would be a good fit?

I guess if I were to get that Skagit line, I will have to get a running line as well...and I am not really sure about those either lol. My rod is a 13'9" Loomis Kispiox 8/9 that I bought from another member off here.

If anyone can lend a hand to a noob to the spey, it would be much appreciated!

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An Airflo 540 Compact Skagit would work well on that rod. If you want SA get the the Skagit 550.

For running lines some good ones are Airflo's Ridge Running line in 30#,
Monic .030, SA Dragontail or Spey Monocore.

In the Delta I like the 8/9 for a medium load.

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How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
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If you can get to a shop that does a lot of spey business, do it. I am new also and attended a spey casting class. I purchased a used line for my rod (was listed on Rio's site for my rod). The line is to light to load my rod. Was able to cast a different line and it was a world of difference. So get to a shop that can put a few different lines on and make sure you get the right line the first time.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! MJC, is that Airflo Compact Skagit available in a multi tip?

LD1: That is another problem with finding lines. I live near Edmonton, Alberta, so there are very few...if any...spey lines here lol. Makes it tough for starting out, but I guess it makes it a little challenge to track down the right set-ups.

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The Compact just comes as a head. You have to add whatever tips you want.

The skagit lines that come as sets are the Rio Skagit VersiTips which comes in 450, 550, 650, and 750 and includes a tip wallet, skagit body (head with attached running line), 5' cheater, and 15' tips in type 6 and type 8. A matched floating tip can be added for $24.95. I will build the same setup in any of the other skagit sizes Rio doesn't now offer, for the same money. Other shops heavily into spey may also offer this same service.

The SA Skagit Deluxe has 4 15' tips (floater, type 1, type 3, type 6) plus the head and a tip wallet. It sells for $149.95. You will need to add the running line of your choice.

If you have no spey shops available the Red Shed offers a one week test drive plan with no obligation but the return postage should you not find the line system to your liking.

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Thanks for the great info Poppy! I didn't even know that the Rio Skagit system came with the running line as well. It sounds like a great system that I would be interested in. I've heard good things from others on it as well. Though I have also been told that the heads can be a little too short? How would you rate the Rio Skagit against that Airflo Compact Skagit?

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Though I have also been told that the heads can be a little too short? How would you rate the Rio Skagit against that Airflo Compact Skagit?
If the head is a little to short all one needs to do is add a cheater.

As to rating brands against each other, I think it is a waste of time. I stock all the skagit brands, if I didn't think a particular brand worked well I would not sell it. It all will work. A lot of guys are fishing components from several brands to get what they want. All of the various brands of skagit lines have their boosters and their nay sayers.

Tim, If you want to test drive an SA or Rio skagit multi tip I will send you either one for a one week test drive on your water. There is no obligation except the return postage if you don't find it to your liking.

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