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Hey guys, thinking about trying out an Airflo Skagit Compact head this year.

My current set up is a 11'9 7wt Ross Reach switch with a 440grn SA Skagit Extreme ( I have a floater and intermediate) and Rio slick shooter. The 440 grns casts very well for me.

The Airflo comes in 420 and 450grn. Which would be a better match, 20 gens less or 10 grns more?

Also anyone have any experiences, good/bad/ugly with the Skagit Compact heads? This is my Michigan/Ohio/Penn/NY steelhead swinging setup.

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Without having cast that rod, I would tend towards the 420 Skagit Switch as a potential good fit - the SA extreme is [email protected]', and the 420 skagit switch is [email protected]'...slightly heavier when looking at average gr/ft, but right in the pocket of total mass for that twig. The shorter skagit switch heads are pretty neat lines for switchrods, even 11'9" "minispeys".
 

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The Airflo compact skagit for me flies better and last longer, as you like the 440 SA I would go with the 450, if your rod is a true 7 weight the 480 may be a better fit.

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The Airflo comes in 420 and 450grn. Which would be a better match, 20 gens less or 10 grns more?
Get yourself a scale, go to a a few shops, weigh a half-dozen Airflo heads of 450gr, come back and tell us if you still think this is a meaningful question.

Also anyone have any experiences, good/bad/ugly with the Skagit Compact heads?
Good lines, turnover big flies well, my preference for a Skagit head.
 

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Hi Troutless
Are the heads not a consistant weight?
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I have an Orvis Access switch, 7wt. It likes the SA 440gr. I tried the AirFlo 450, and I like the shorter SA line better. I would recommend the 420gr also, but each rod is different, and so are peoples casting style, so it is up to you.
 

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As some have suggested maybe try looking at the shorter skagit head. I liked the Skagit Switch so much that I use it on all my switches and on my 7126. Haven't tried SA lines but I love the Airflo lines. The loops are tough and so is the line. Haven't had an issue with any the Airflow heads.
 

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i would highly reccomend an Airflo skagit switch in 420, 450, or 480 (depending on the rod itself)

its a 19.5" head and a real cannon on my 7wt switch
 

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Cool thanks guys. I'm leaning towards the airflo skagit switch at this point. Leaning toward the 420 to start with.

One question I have based on a few comments on Facebook etc is how do these heads do in cold water. I steelhead allllll through the winter. If there is open wadable water I'm fishing. Read a couple reviews that said the airflo heads get real stiff in the cold. Anyone have any experience with this.

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