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I am contemplating a purchase of the VXP 7 weight rod to use over overhead casting surf casting.
What Skagit lines would you all suggest ?
If I use an intermediate Skagit head like the SA Skagit extreme-what weight?
Thanks in advance as I am new to this and would appreciate some guidance.
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I use the 540 grain Airflo Skagit Compact if I am throwing the heaviest stuff I have. Some people like it a tad lighter. I haven't casted an intermediate line on it but from what i've heard you want to go down a step or two. I would probably go 510 or 480 if it were me.
 

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Just re-read your post. I don't know the slightest thing about overhead casting with a skagit. The recommendations I gave were for what I like in sustained anchor casting. Hope that helps in case there was any confusion.
 

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I am contemplating a purchase of the VXP 7 weight rod to use over overhead casting surf casting.
What Skagit lines would you all suggest ?
If I use an intermediate Skagit head like the SA Skagit extreme-what weight?
Thanks in advance as I am new to this and would appreciate some guidance.
George
That would not be my choice. Look at the 9 wt. Airflo 40+ Sniper lines. They're available in densities ranging from floater to Type 7. The 9 wt. is 375 grains which should be right for your rod for overhead casting. The Sniper is a junk chucker suitable for heavy clousers and assorted dead chickens. If you need a more delicate approach, then look at the 9 wt. 40+ Expert. Both are available as intermediates.

Skagit lines can be cast overhead, but things can get ugly real quick if the appropriate compensations are not used. It's better to start off with a line designed for overhead casting.
 

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i've got a skagit extreme 480 for a 13' 7 weight - it doesn't do well over-head. your on the right track with intermediates for the surf, but would look for WF line instead of a skagit head.
 

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There are a few more variables that require further definition:
- casting distance
- fly size
- what length VXP

I would agree that for most overhead applications either the RIO Outbound or Airflo Sniper would be a good option. If you intend on fishing large flies then the skagit becomes a better choice. I primarily fish musky these days and I use short two handers (9' 9") with skagit heads. They are very powerful casting tools and cast large flies with ease. The SA intermediate Skagit Extreme is my go to line at the moment. The Airflo Compact Skagit is great too but the intermediate version has a floating rear which doesn't work for what I'm doing. As I'm using a short rod and do not need to cast over 80' the skagits work for me. The Sniper works for "smaller" flies but doesn't turn over big musky bugs as well as the more compact skagit head. Good luck with your search. If at all possible try to get your hands on the rod and line you are considering and give it a test run before purchasing.
 

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Currently I am using single hand rods of CTS 10 weights using 425 gr OB short to throw large striper flies in the surf. They will easily throw 400+gr of t-14.After long days with them, I get tuckered out. So, I started using a 9/10 weight CTS two handed rod with the SA Skagit Extreme in 560 gr line and a 130 gr tip that allows me to throw as large flies as I want with much less effort and never worry about the wind.

A friend is using the VXP 7 Weight, 13ft 3in . to throw large, heavily weighted crab patterns 100'+ which is farther than I can with the SH CTS 10 weights.
So, to have a single TH rod that can throw both weighted lines and intermediate lines I an either look to line the CTS 9/10 weight with(?) 30 ' of T-20 or line a VXP 7 weight with an appropriate intermediate line.
What I am hearing is that a #9 OB/Sniper is the "best" I can expect with the 7 weight Vxp. So, maybe looking at 30' of T-20 for the CTS TH rod.
I hope I've clarified my motivation.

There are a few more variables that require further definition:
- casting distance
- fly size
- what length VXP

I would agree that for most overhead applications either the RIO Outbound or Airflo Sniper would be a good option. If you intend on fishing large flies then the skagit becomes a better choice. I primarily fish musky these days and I use short two handers (9' 9") with skagit heads. They are very powerful casting tools and cast large flies with ease. The SA intermediate Skagit Extreme is my go to line at the moment. The Airflo Compact Skagit is great too but the intermediate version has a floating rear which doesn't work for what I'm doing. As I'm using a short rod and do not need to cast over 80' the skagits work for me. The Sniper works for "smaller" flies but doesn't turn over big musky bugs as well as the more compact skagit head. Good luck with your search. If at all possible try to get your hands on the rod and line you are considering and give it a test run before purchasing.
 

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I have been advised by several reliable sources that the Airflow Sniper lines work great for overhead casting.---I will be using the Sniper line for my 11ft 8 weight to bomb out casts in the heavy wind in Argentina searching out Sea Run Browns,
 
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