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On the Columbia River,B.C
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Any body using a skagit on a 12'-6", 5/6 weight TFO rod? If so what weight? Did you try different weight lines? How was the performance? With scandi lines different manufacturers line feel different when casting and can make a difference with the performance as you are now playing with a longer line, but since the skagit is so short does it make a difference what manufacturer is used?
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I used a Beulah tonic 400 at 22 ft. I thought it done pretty well. I have a 450 but never tried in on that rod. The place I was fishing was a little tight, so I ended up using my switch.

Not much help but that is all I know.

What lines have you tried on that rod?


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My son fishes that rod and I set hm up with a 450 Skagit. It loads it deep but he started when he was 11 and needed to feel the load. I have since moved him up to a Unispey but the Skagit treated him well. For my tastes, I think that 425 range would be nice.
 

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On the Columbia River,B.C
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Hi Iboone
I have been using a 370 scandi versatip on it and it works very well. I tried a 420 scandi and it lost performance right now. The rod felt very sluggish after using the 370 scandi. I haven't tried a skagit on it yet but have a 420 grain coming to try on it. I figured 50 grains over the scandi should do it. Even that might be too much as the rod is pretty light in hand. At least to me it is light in hand. We'll see. I hope sinktip is right and the 420 does the job.
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Airflo Skagit Compact

420 grains is a good weight for most Skagit casters.

I have had mine lined with an Airflo Skagit Compact 420 for many years now.

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On the Columbia River,B.C
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Thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated.
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hei,

i have the 12,6 4/5 and using a 300grain/ 19,5 gramm rio skagit max short on it. i use the MOW tips also. but i don`t like much more then T8.

for extra light Trout skagit i have a zpey lean green with a 14 gramm/220 grain self made skagit head.

regards from norther norway

kevin:)
 

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On the Columbia River,B.C
Single hand rod 63 years, Spey 12 years Fly tying 63 years
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Well guys --I ended up with a 390 grain skagit. It cast very well, Got to admit it is definity different to cast than a 370 scandi but I found no problem switching from one to the other. Casting distance was about the same even with a large fly. Thanks for all the help.
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