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I have been using a loop yellow line 12'4 8wt spey rod for my salmon/steelhead endeavors--with an 8wt switch line from ORVIS--what do you thin of this--is there really any reason why I need a spey line of sorts? I mean skagit line is kind of just a larger more expensive WF line right? help

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If you ask me, it is all in how you value the art of Spey casting. Not that I don't do it. I find a mid long belly or longer heads are more pleasing to the eye and make you feel better on the beauty of a cast. A scandi or switch line although will cast as far does not fly or land as nice. This is from my perspective, others may disagree. I am no expert Spey caster as I have been at it for just a couple of years. My next line and I have several will be a long belly of at least 75 ft. And if anyone out there has one to sell they can run it by me 10/11 wt to fit 15 ft rods. :D
 

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The 'real answer' is what kind of 'fluff' do you want to chuck.

Full on dry line, light flies on/just under the surface a full floater is all you need. Heavy flies, deep sunk on a sink tip, etc., this is where a Skagit/Scandi head comes into play.

Just my .02 cents.
 

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Depends where you are or wanting to fish. Smaller rivers or streams where 50 foot casts put you on the other bank don't lend so well to the longer lines. Having the option of using the shorter heads allows you to fish with all the line (belly if integrated) out of your rod tip. Also depending on the type of water you are fishing. Short deep runs or pockets where you are fishing tips and/or heavier flies to get down and stay down are fished much easier with skagit lines.

It's not that one line type won't, it just may not work as effectively and you need to decide if that matters to you. Some people will sacrifice catching fish to fish how they want, where others will fish how they have to in order to catch more fish.

Mike
 

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I have been using a loop yellow line 12'4 8wt spey rod for my salmon/steelhead endeavors--with an 8wt switch line from ORVIS--what do you thin of this--is there really any reason why I need a spey line of sorts? I mean skagit line is kind of just a larger more expensive WF line right? help

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Actually there are two sides to the coin you are flipping here. In a sense, you are saving money and accomplishing what you desire using the switch line, which feels wisely economical.
On the other hand, the head length of the switch is considerably shorter than a like weight skagit line and is potentially giving you compromised performance .

This is a common trap for anglers just starting out, regardless of genre, where they pinch a penny and outsmart the sellers. You'll catch fish and because of that you'll feel confident about your choice in spite of advice from accomplished anglers to do otherwise.

Here's the rub. If you're happy chucking that switch line then brother have at it. If you ever want more out of the equipment you're operating then set yourself up with a line or two that increase your options.

The selection of lines available for spey casting applications are legitimate tools, not just a smoke and mirror act to get you to buy more.

Have fun within your budget and add to your arsenal as opportunity presents itself.

Enjoy,

Jake
 

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What they said :rolleyes:

And if you want to out smart your local Spey-monger and save a few bucks, buy used lines and shooting heads. You should be able to buy a used running line, a skagit head and a Scandinavia head for under a hundred bucks if you shop around in the classifieds...

If you don't like the line, you can always resell it and all you've lost is the cost of postage.
 
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