Rental Wading Gear, Airflo Switch Line, Rio Skagit Short

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Rental Waders & Wading Shoes
New stock of Rental Waders and Boots available NOW! 
The Fly Fishing Shop now has a complete set of Gore-tex chest high waders and AquaStealth sole wading shoes for rent. We can fit most sizes of adult male anglers with top quality wading apparel. Waders with boots rent for $30 per day for a set. This service will be of special interest to the casual angler, as well as the travelling angler who doesn't want to carry wet gear home on an airplane. Call for reservations.
Please have ready for disclosure your shoe size, height, inseam and weight. 

Skagit Short vs. Switch            Airflo Switch Line          Rio Skagit Short
 
Spey rods used for steelhead are still evolving. In many cases anglers prefer rods in the 11' to 13' length because they are lighter in weight and more maneuverable where casting room is restricted by the terrain or streamside vegetation. If you need to get under overhanging limbs, Switch Rods and very short Spey Rods are handy for opening up new territory to you. Anglers used to think that a shooting head three times the length of the rod was ideal. Now heads that are 2 1/2 times the length of the rod are commonly used effectively.
The two lines featured below have hit it big in the Short Spey / Switch Rod arena. both lines are 20' long or shorter. Both are comfortable when heavy sinking tips are attached to dredge deep with large weighted flies.
Airflo Skagit Switch Floating Heads

The need had become blatantly obvious--a shorter head to match the now extremely popular Switch rods, and shorter Spey rods. But the "right" line to match these versatile tools had been unavailable, until now. The new Skagit Switch line hits the mark dead on. Shorter in length than the Airflo Skagit Compact, this new addition to the Skagit group of lines vary from 18' to 20' with 7 sizes ranging from 360 to 540 grains. Designed to load fast action switch rods in tight casting situations, move 10' to 12' of sink tip, and reach out to hit the "zone". Looped at both ends for ease of use, the front loop has the line size clearly marked for easy identification. The Mint Green color keeps the line visible and controllable at any distance. Couple this with your favorite Shooting Line and you have the pinnacle of switch casting setups. Line come packaged with Airflo Line Pouch that clips into the Airflo Head Wallet. Mint Green color.
Item Description Size Price To Top

SKCSW360MG

Airflo Skagit Switch Head 4/5
360-grain
18.5-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED

SKCSW390MG

Airflo Skagit Switch Head 5/6
390-grain
18.5-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED

SKCSW420MG

Airflo Skagit Switch Head 5/6
420-grain
19.5-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKCSW450MG Airflo Skagit Switch Head 6/7
450-grain
19.5-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKCSW480MG Airflo Skagit Switch Head 7/8
480-grain
20-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKCSW510MG Airflo Skagit Switch Head 7/8
510-grain
20-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKCSW540MG Airflo Skagit Switch Head 8/9
540-grain
20-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
Rio Skagit Short Shooting Heads for casting in tight places.
These are the lines for fishing sinking tips with Switch Rods and short Spey Rods. Short Heads are also for longer rods and heavier rods being used in tight places, such as working under trees on the deep sizes of runs. Casting in tight places can result in a lot of "Bloody Ells" unless the total head length is shortened to match your swing-length. Rods with fast actions work well in these situations because they allow even shorter stroke lengths. Skagit Short Heads work well when M.O.W. Tips are added, especially when working smaller rivers. Heavier Skagit Short Heads combine well with many lengths of T-14 and T-17 for reaching down into the boulders. Rio Skagit Short Spey Body
 Skagit Shorts are Skagit lines designed for shorter rods, both single-hand and switch rods. The heads on these lines are 20' (6,2m) long (the perfect ratio for rods between 9' and 11') while head weights are light enough for rods down to 5-weight. The line is bright green. As with all other shooting heads, a shooting line needs to be added, and as with all other Skagit lines, a front tip needs to be added to complete the set up.
Rio Skagit Short Spey Head
Item Description Size Price To Top
21840 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 275gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21841 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 325gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21842 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 375gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21843 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 425gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21844 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 475gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21845 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 525gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21846 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 575gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21847 Rio Skagit Short Shooting Head 625gr
20'
$49.95 SALE ENDED

Feedback On Airflo Skagit Intermediate
Last week in "The Insider" we ran an article on the new Airflo Skagit compact Intermediate shooting heads. Marcy got this email from a happy customer in the mid-west. We love to get these kinds of emails and pictures of beautiful fish like the one below. Thank you happy customers. Keep 'em coming.

Hi Marcy,

I wanted to give you a report on the Airflo Tactical Intermediate line.  IT'S AWESOME!!!  Glad I spent the $$ to have it sent to me.  I was fishing on the Manistee River in Michigan with a friend and from the minute that line hit the water I knew this is the line I'd been looking for.  Michigan had had some warm temps on Wednesday that melted most of the 14" of snow they had gotten the Friday before, so, on top of everything else, the water levels were rising, up to 3,500 cfs on the Manistee at Welston, MI compared to normal fishing conditions of 2,000 (+ or - 200cfs for ideal conditions).  Thursday on the river was 32 degrees, very raw wind with on and off snow all day.  My friend was using a traditional skagit line which was hovering on the surface and bellying as is usually the case, especially with the water volume and strong current.  The Airflo got below all of that and tracked beautifully.  I had 10' of T-14 with 4' of 8lbs Maxima for a leader.  I caught this nice 10lbs at 3:00pm on..........THE LADY GAGA INTRUDER!!!  Great tube fly, thanks for all you help, I'm impressed with this line.  If you recall, it was the 570 grains and I was using a Sage Z-Axis 1364, no problem casting all that weight and fly.

Regards,

Mike Gabrion

O'Fallon, Missouri


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