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This is actually a tough question.

The Steelhead Specialist casts extremely well with the 9/10 GPS which is 779 gr. However, this rod has an extremely wide range of weights that it can handle. In its original casting tests we were amazed at the range of lines that it cast well. It cast everything from a 7 wt line to an old style 9/10 Grandspey!

I would recommend a 9/10 line, but like I said - it will handle a significant variance up or down.
 

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If you could post intended use it would help give you more useful info. Surface/sunk, 15' tips/longer tips, Long Belly/Short Belly/Skagit, squirrel-sized flies/traditional unweighted fluff/flies with weight added,...

It also depends on what kind of touch you like. That rod casts great off the tip as well as from the butt section.

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looking at short belly lines with 15' type VI tips as the heaviest tips.
I tried the delta spey 8/9 today and felt a little on the heavy side.
 

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The 8/9 multi-tip lists at 600 grains, which should be very comfortable on that rod. The 9/10 lists at 680, and even that should be no trouble. That rod is progressive and powerful but does flex fairly deeply. I often fish with a Rio Midspey, either 8/9 @ 640 gr or the 9/10 @ 725 gr, which is a deeper load but throws bigger tips. What rod did you use before? I wonder if this is more a matter of finding the right stroke/feel instead of changing to a different line.

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Steelhead Specialist

I found this thread when looking for info on my new rod, and would like some fresh opinions.

I'm currently casting a CND BS 6/7/8 with a 450 Skagit and various tips. I've gotten used to the CND and Skagit feel, and am thinking I should stick with that strategy for my new rod as well, at least to start.

The Steelhead Specialist will be my stick for springs, chum, and winter steel on bigger rivers. Sinktips for me usually range up to 12' of T-14, with many shorter and lighter. I've seen that some casters like the CND 9/10 GPS (779 grains) for this rod, but also that the CND website suggests the GPS Skagit @ 650grains as a short head line.

In researching the rod, some like considerably lighter lines and some heavier. This rod seems to be a great allround performer, and many have said it performs well with a variety of lines.

Anyone currently using a Skagit on this rod? Any other favorites in the short head genre?

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I found this thread when looking for info on my new rod, and would like some fresh opinions.

I'm currently casting a CND BS 6/7/8 with a 450 Skagit and various tips. I've gotten used to the CND and Skagit feel, and am thinking I should stick with that strategy for my new rod as well, at least to start.

The Steelhead Specialist will be my stick for springs, chum, and winter steel on bigger rivers. Sinktips for me usually range up to 12' of T-14, with many shorter and lighter. I've seen that some casters like the CND 9/10 GPS (779 grains) for this rod, but also that the CND website suggests the GPS Skagit @ 650grains as a short head line.

In researching the rod, some like considerably lighter lines and some heavier. This rod seems to be a great allround performer, and many have said it performs well with a variety of lines.

Anyone currently using a Skagit on this rod? Any other favorites in the short head genre?

Thanks
Speycurious,
In the last three years I've been using my CND Steelhead Specialist almost exclusively for Steelhead and Springs. Until last spring I've had used a Skagit 550 and was Ok but then it broke and lost it, as did not have an identical spare I used a 650 instead and never went back. Go for the 650, it performs better, does not overload the rod and handels big tips and big flies very well.
 

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Thanks gkis,

That's what I was looking for, someone swigning this rod with a Skagit head.

That recommendation is also matched by the CND website, so a 650 it is.
 

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Thanks for chiming in Carl.

I've gotten a range of Skagit grain recommendatio from 550-650, with most from 600-650.

I'm still deciding which manufacturer's Skagit to go with, but I feel pretty confident I can make it happen in this weight range with various tips.

Great to hear another opinion.
 

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CND Line Matching

Abito,
One reference that may assist you if you haven't used it is the rod and line matching table located at the URL below.

http://www.cndspeyusa.com/Pages/cndlinerecs.html

You can then go to the line specs on the same page and get the weights for each line. This will get you close to the suggested general range of CND lines and weights.

Hope this helps,
 

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Thanks Lee,

I did look at the CND website, and see that the Steelhead Specialist has a suggested Skagit load of 650 grains. This pretty much jives with most guys line recs, though many go a little lighter.

Has anyone used the CND Skagit heads? I've not seen or used them...
 

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I use the CND Skagit 530 grains on my 14' Meiser Highlander 7/8/9 and my 13' 6" Meiser 8/9 and it casts very well.

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Just an update for those interested, as I have dug up many old threads and found them useful.
I ended up getting a CND 650 skagit and miracle braid running line, and have been very happy with the pairing. I definitely understand why some may wish to go a little lighter, but also enjoy the slowed down feel when skagit casting, as well as the ability to really load the rod and let it throw the line.
On another note I have also gotten into using the prefab Rio tips and found them smooth casting, and less splashy on touchdown.
Now I'm starting the search for a floater...
 
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