Back in April I got a package from The Neil Creek Salmon Research Center. Inside was a 600gr Airflo Compact Skagit Head or what the VBD dubbed a Skagito. A couple of weeks back I looped that onto some Powerflex and hit the local pond for some testing.
Going in I figured the 6hundy was overkill for the 7136 Z. Line recommendations from some notable sources indicated 450gr + 5 cheater + tip was good to go. So that is how I set up the 7136 Z initially. It worked and I went on my merry little way.
For almost a year I rolled the 450gr having no clue what a little bit of extra grainage could do for my game. What I’ve learned since is that a two-hander has a lot of range and what grooves for me may not groove for you.
Looped to the end of the 6hundy was 11 feet of T-14, a short leader, and a string leech [minus the hook]. I learned this spring that fly size matters and casting without one can skew the results. Never really understood why some folks insist on practicing without a fly. That’s like batting practice without the ball. Nice swing but can you connect when it counts.
Started off with the Snap T with the back of the head right at the tip of the rod. At 26 feet for the head, if I did my math correctly we are looking at 37 feet to the end of the T-14. No problem tearing that string leech out of the water and sending it on it’s way. Found out quickly that loading the 7136 Z was too easy with the 6hundy and I had to back off a bit. All it took was slow and mellow.
Overhanging a few feet of running line off the tip I was able to shoot more line than I’ve ever been able to. Brought a smile to my face. A few times I hit the mark and found that sweet spot. Can’t even describe the feeling. The 6hundy is my heavy hitter and in the lineup for sure whenever I need to chuck a full size bunny to the opposite bank. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more Skagitos. I’m guessing the mid-5hundy is where it’s at for the 7136 Z and around mid-4hundy for the 6126 Z.
I’ve been reading a bit about the differing philosophies of the skagit style. For now I think I lean more towards the shorter heads with more grains and no cheater. Who knows…that may change as my skills develop. Just wish I would have started sooner. Oh well…better late than never.