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Riveraddict, please help me build a Skagit line.

Feb. 22, 2004
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For my T&T 1409, I want to build a Skagit line from a WC 10.11.12, per your post a while back.

My intention was to divide the WC floating tip 2 into 1/3, 2/3 parts.

FYI, Rio WC 10/11/12 nominal specs are:
• body 24’ 378 grains
• tip 2 float 15’ 200 grains
• tip 1 any sink tip, 15’ 166 grains.
Total head 54’ 744 grains

My tip 2 float actual weight is 207 grains.

I recall that you prefaced your Skagit building advice with the assumption that current Rio WC tips 2 are level, but that is not the case. Following are the O.D. measurements of the WC 11 tip 2.

0 foot: .065 [at the loop]
0.5 foot .065
1 foot: .066
2 foot: .069
3 foot: .070
4 foot: .072
5 foot: .074
6 foot: .078
7 foot: .078
8 foot: .080
9 foot: .081
10 foot: .088
11 foot: .088
12 foot: .088
13 foot: .088
14 foot: .088
14.5 foot: .088
15 foot: .066 [at the loop]

Weight of sections of the 15’ float tip 2:
• tapered 1/2 [7.5’]: 92 grains [44% of head weight]
• butt 1/2 [7.5’]: 115 grain [56% of head weight]

• tapered 1/3 [5.0’]: 58 grains [28%]
• butt 2/3 [10.0’]: 149 grains [72%]

• butt 1/3 [5.0 ‘]: 84 grains [41%]
• tapered 2/3 [10.0’]: 123 grains [59%]

Given the above data, what is your recommendation re dividing tip 2 to make a WC 11 Skagit line?

Thank you for your help.
Bob
 

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Bob, an option

for you might be the 11/12/13 line I posted under a thread on line for the CND Skagit/Steelhead Specialists. It feels good on my Steelhead Specialist, and what I've read suggests your T&T is probably a close match in action.
 

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Line Info

Hi Bob, Will send you some line info that should help with building a Skagit Line. With a measuring device, you can figure fairly close to where you want to be, before making any cuts.
See you Fred's place.
Leroy..............
 

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Skagit line

Hello Bob,

Here is the simplest way to make a head that works well for Skagit casting. "Test" cast your rod with several sizes of Windcutters. Find the size that seems to load the rod the best, then GO UP to the next size Windcutter. From this line remove 5' from the front portion of the Tip 2. Go out and cast. If it feels too heavy, remove another foot. Continue this process until the line suits your needs. As long as the line does not get chopped back under three times the length of the rod, then you will be good to go. The max length that works is 3 1/2 times the length of the rod.
 
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