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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Skagit or Normal for a beginner

I am a relative nubie to two-handed casting (two years, but only about 40 days of 2-handed casting in that time -- I have 4 small kids). I've got a big trip coming up in three weeks and I am starting to practice daily so I am competent during that week.

Long story short, I've got a normal spey line (Airflow Delta) on one reel and Rio Skagit on another.

So, to reach maximum competency with one in the shortest time possible, which do you think I should be focusing my efforts on?
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If you are going to be using dry lines and normal flies (no super heavy dumbell eye stuff) I would go with the delta. If you are going to be using 12' to 15' of T14 and dumbell eye bunny leaches I would focus on the skagit.
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where you going, mook? that ties in with the above question.
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I agree with the above, for dryline fishing, the delta works well and for sinktip fishing the skagit is easier to learn with. Speaking just from my own experience, I still find the delta short enough to make skagit style casts (perry poke, snap-t/circle spey, etc) especially when it is necessary to recover a poorly timed/placed cast. A good example is if one is trying to use the single spey (one of the more difficult casts for beginners to master) and too much anchor is laid down to get the cast out, the perry poke is very helpful in repositioning the anchor and having another chance at forming a d-loop to get the cast out.

Hope this helps.
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one main reason many folks find it easier to learn skagit style casting is timing is not as critical. These are not touch and go type casts so you have much more time to think about setting up for the next step. For this reason, if you have only a short amount oftime to get coordinated, you will likley do better with the skagit method. And despite what some may think, skagit does well with floating lines and tips - I use a skagit system alot when fall fishing on the Klamath and am using #6 and # 8 flies and a floating tip or sometimes a sink tip. It ts very easy with very short hand/arm strokes to fire off a cast.

I agree though that the Delta is short enough to use very similar casting strokes.
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Thanks guys. I should have said... I'll be fishing the lower Dean the 3rd week in July.
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