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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Carry multi grain weight skagit heads for one rod

Is there anyone carry different grain weight skagit head for one rod to deal with different T tips?
Say prepare a 560g skagit head for T11, and 600g head for T14? on a 8 wt spey rod, is there a significant difference?
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There could be some situations, such as T-8 to T-24 or something bigger, but it's not worth the difference when using any of the standard t-stuff (T-8,T-11,T-14,T-17, etc.). This is also because n 8wt. rod is generally very capable of handling a wide variety of payloads. Rather than carry two standard skagits close in grain weight, maybe you could consider an approach like this...

A 3D line (Airflo FIST, or something similar)
A typical floating skagit line.

I find the above to be very versatile, with a 3D line allowing you to more effectively fish certain types of waters and with lighter tips. A standard 24-30' head easily coils in your wading jacket and can be quickly exchanged. You can use the same running line for both heads.
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i generally have 2 rods rigged in my truck and if floating will often carry 3 rigged differently. But on long walks from truck it is pretty easy to switch out tips and agree with previous post that most winter rods are likely capable of handling wide range of tips. I will usually rig with the heaviest skagit to match the heaviest tip I think I will need and it will do fine handling the lighter tips. I also do not believe you will get hugely different sink depths with the various T materials unless you really go to extremes. For winter I usually have T11 and T14 but more importantly have varying lengths for a 5x5 to up to a 15' tip

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