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just to add to the confusion............
running line>skagit head>tip>shorter leader
skagit head needs a tip, sinking or floating. this tip, also needs a leader. but with a sink tip, leader should be very short, just 2-4.5 feet with tippet, just like a single handed sink tip. tip plus leader makes your anchor. poly's are generally not used with skagit system. skagit is a mack truck, it hauls a payload. big, heavy flies are very doable.
running line>scandi head>longer leader
scandi head has floating tip built in permanently. only needs leader, but a longer leader, just like a single handed floating line, except a LONG leader, roughly 1.5 times the rod length for mono. this is what makes your anchor. this leader can be mono, or a poly leader (sinking or floating.) poly leader generally does not need as much length as it grips the water more than mono (roughly just one rod length) like any leader tho, polys still need at least a short tippet. sink tips are generally not used with a scandi system. scandi is a ferrari, built for speed and handling, not a big payload. better for smaller lighter flies.
keep in mind, a sinking poly does not give you the depth that a sink tip potentially can, nor do they like big heavy flies.
while a broad generalization, when it was explained to me this way, it made sense, and is practically gospel in my book.
scandit system, is the leatherman of the group. a hybrid, like others have said.
there are also scandi's that have interchangeable tips. and a few scandis, and skagits that have integrated running line.
and dont forget about traditional lines, just like your single handed floater, just add leader and fly.
hope it helps, i remember the confusion. seems like yesterday.
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Last edited by matuka mike; 12-30-2012 at 10:23 AM.