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I have a 1308 that I have been fishing a rio 550 skagit head on and using WC 9/10/11 tips with. It works ok, but the tips don't really turn over too well. The tips weigh 150 gr. so it is a total of 700 gr. with the head. That seems like it may be a bit too heavy. What total gr. wt. should I be shooting for here. I know it varies with casting styles and preferences, but is there a window of workable gr. for this rod that anyone can recommend? I want to keep the 550 skagit head and build 12' sinktips out of custom cut 200, t-8, or t-14. I'm leaning towards the cc 200 or t-8 because a 12' tip of t-14 seems too heavy and clunky when casting. What are you guys using for tips out there? Thanks

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I too own that rod and like it with the WC 9/10/11. I tried the Rio Skagit 550 and 650 with various tips and found them to be too heavy for my liking. I felt the 550 was fishable but it felt klunky.

When Rio came out with the 500 gr Skagit head I decided to give it another try. I think it is the perfect match with this rod. I have been fishing it with the standard 15' tips from the WC 9/10/11 which weigh 150 grs. All of the 150 gr. 15' tips cast well with this line.

So, both the WC and Skagit lines that I like on this rod weigh a total of 650 grs., head and tips combined. I would try for that gr. wt. when building tips.
 

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I also have the 1307--1308--and the 1309---I think that you are fishing to much weight--On the Rio Line Chart that Simon sent me the chart specs for the 1308 are Skagit Weight 450 Cheater 5ft-- Experienced caster ,windcutter 7/8/9, Less experienced 8/9/10--Hope this helps.

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