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Hi Moose

I am sorry to tell you that you cannot get just the body of the scando shooting head.

You shouldn't have much of a problem if you were to take the F/I and cut it back so you could attach the tips you have. It won't be as good as the interchangeable tips version because there will probably be a slight hinge issue because of the different diameters. However in terms of weight it should work. For example, the 9/10 F/I has a 12ft intermediate tip that weighs around 175 grains. Our standard 15 ft #10 weight tips weigh around 150 grains, so you could put those tips on the end of the floating section of the 9/10 F/I and get a reasonably good working line. A difference of 25 grains is nothing to worry about - a regular spey leader weighs 20 grains! Just remember that what ever size you choose, make sure you have the heavier tips to go on. (The 8/9 with the #9 tips and so on)

What I wouldn't recommend is to take the F/I/S and cut the front 15 ft sinking tip off (as many have suggested). The 9/10 front 15 ft weighs 280 grains, so you would never get the right load to keep the rod balanced (nor to turn the line over cleanly).

I hope this helps.

All the best
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