Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
If it were me I’d get one of Steve Godshall’s SGS scandi line’s for use with 55-75gr tips. Steve knows those rods and the line will match the rod and designated tips perfectly, and will cast almost anything you fish for trout. The microskagits are super easy and forgiving to cast, but one of Steve’s scandis is elegant and silky smooth. A lot of time people say “get a scandi and a skagit head for a rod and you are done”, and these two choices are the trouting equivalents. For any trout rod a scandi that uses tips is, for me, the only indispensable line. I hardly ever need or want to use something more clunky. Seems somehow wrong to be casting a #14 soft hackle on a line more designed to cast mouse flies.
Anyway, just something to consider. But definitely do yourself a favor, and one that could potentially have major repercussions way beyond your current project, and definitely call Steve and have a 20 minute chat about this stuff. He’s a very generous guy with his time, and absolutely loves to help people just starting to explore a new area!
Also, the ARE 12’ 2/3 is the true cult one! You can throw $60 in the gutter, or get a couple of other blanks to play with. Get two of the same blank and make and extra tip section for back up. The make a SH butt section (or micro 2 hander) out of the extra section 2 and and you will have a conversion rod that can turn into a 9’ SH rod. All for peanuts.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick