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Hi everyone I'm new to spey fishing. I just purchased a scott arc 1287. I know I want to use a skagit system with this. Any recommendations on lines and tips that may have worked well on this rod. I'll mostly be fishing the cattaraugus and salmon river with this rod. Any info will help thanks in advance.
 

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Congratulations, that is a great stick! My brother has one and tosses a 570 skagit and a 450 scandi on it, delta 7/8! That stick has a pretty wide range in grain weights , I have heard of people going up to 650 on that. You got your self a dandy one there, it will chuck anything you want! Try to get ahold of a rio 450 steelhead scandi for it... Dream!! Go into the tackle or rod thread and search for this rod, you should find a lot of info for this rod!
 

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Scott ARC Series

You have a rod that has a very loyal following. But, as you are new to spey casting, you have to give it time and work hard to learn the basics before, 1) you judge the rod, or 2) expect to bomb out long, straight cast with tight loops. Lessons are the best way to start. Find an experienced spey caster and learn everything you can from them.

As to lines, I think the Airflo Rage line is a good starter line. It lets you get used to the rod, develop your technique, and is forgiving enough to allow you some initial successes. I suggest the 510 grain line. Ultimately you will likely throw a lighter line, but the heavier one helps the learning curve.

I'm almost two years into this game and I'm headed back to another clave in a couple of weeks to get some more instruction. Good luck, and eventually, tight lines!
 

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that is hands down my favorite rod and if I could only have one that would be it thought I pretty much regulate it to winter stuff now and the best Skagit line I have found for me is a RIO Skagit short 575 but as others have said it will throw a pretty wide range and if using light flies and or floating tips I will drop to a 525 Skagit short
 

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I have no experience with that rod - the 1196/4 yes. The Rage 510 also - as Gene mentioned - very forgiving and it will grow on/with you as you get comfier with it. Actually - I have plans for the Cattaraugus - and the Salmon is only a skip away from there versus where I sit. Never have been - looking forward though.
 

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Thank you all so much. Im very excited about learning to spey cast. I also know its going to take a long time to perfect my technique. I really appreciate the info I know this will help get me started im sure ill be back with more questions lol.
 
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