Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Deschutes, Ronde, Snake, Walla Walla
Skagit lines work just fine for floating line work. They will not have the finesse of a midspey, but they work just fine. Typically they should be a little longer than the sinktips you were using. CND does something similar for their tip lines. The floating and intermediate are 20' long and the faster sinking tips are 15' long. In fact an intermediate tip should work fine for what you want, unless you are skating.
As to distance, a couple of years ago, one of the Skagit gurus competed at Golden Gate with a modified Skagit system and was in the top 4 or 5. In any case it was well over 120'.
Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes. Joann C. Gutin