Hybrid Spey Lines
Airflo Spey Lines
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Photo Of The Week by: Marty Sheppard
|No trick photography or computer program
manipulations are involved in the composition of this digital photograph, nor is this a
fish hatchery pond. These are wild summer steelhead that are presently ganged up in the largest
staging pool of Steamboat Creek. Each year hundreds of steelhead come to
this pool to rest and reach sexual maturity. During higher flows of
winter, they will spawn throughout this creek. Steamboat Creek is the most productive tributary of the North Umpqua
River. During the summer months these fish are extremely vulnerable to
poaching. A caretaker lives on the sight and keeps a constant vigil
over these valuable fish.
The following was copied from
Steamboat Creek is a short tributary of the North Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon in the United States. Approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, the creek is located on a remote part of the upper North Umpqua in the Calapooia Mountains west of the Cascade Range. It rises in southeastern Lane County and flows southwest to join the North Umpqua from the north at .
The watershed of the creek was extensively clearcut during the late 1950s and 1960s until forestry practices were changed. The recovery of the river, including the anadromous fish population is closely monitored as a test case for riparian habitat management.NOAA: Status Review Umpqua Basin
|Hybrid Lines for Two Handers|
Skagit, Scandi, Long Belly, Short Belly, Shooting Head...., comes down to it there isn't a perfect spey line that will fit every fishing situation encountered on every river. Even if there were such a thing, given what human nature amounts too, it wouldn't fit everyone's personality. There will always be room for experimentation. It is fun to take pieces from different fly lines and put them together just to see what effects you can get. Most often, you will find that factory lines are well thought out and will out perform the
average fly caster in most situations. However lines
can be tuned to fit special rods for use in special situations, and sometime you just get lucky. Where I camped the last ten days, gusts of
over 30+ mph buffeted us from every direction 6 of the10 evenings.
Short heads and fine running lines give an edge over any other configuration
of line during howling winds. The first two evenings I used a
Floating Spey Line on my
Winston B2X78133. It was good enough to
allow me to stick five steelies in the two sessions. This line has a 45'
head that weighs 600 grains. I found if I fished a double fly rig with
a Tail Gunner
in the middle of my leader, I cast better. The extra fly gave me more
grab in the anchor to store energy to throw against the wind. Later in
the week I switched to a
Airflo Northwest Skagit Head fastened to the end of some
GuideLine Shooter hollow mono shooting line. To the business
end of this head was attached the prescribed 9-feet of Super-Extra-Fast
Sinking Airflo sinking line. The Shooter was straightened in yard sections as it came off the reel. It became remarkably trouble
free in a short while. Various flies were fished at depth. The water was
covered with both broadside and quartering downstream casts. The water
available ranged from 4 to 8-feet and was more than 100-feet wide. I
came to the conclusion that a longer tip was need, about the same time as my
two fishing partners ran out of gas. No fish were hooked, and I was
only moderately impressed with the performance of the line I had used
and had the feeling that if we had stayed, I could have come up with
something that would have produced fish. That evening the wind
AquaLux tip from an
8/9/10 WindCutter replaced the 9' sinking tip. This resulted
in a 47' head of 595 grains. A hand tied 6' leader and single size-4 fly
completed the terminal tackle. The effect was astonishing. The
Airflo line is denser than the head on the Rio line, therefore it
rides lower in the water than the Rio. The extra density aides line
velocity. The dense AquaLux tip turns over steadily, but not as
quickly as the short sinking tip. When cast, this combination of
densities and tapers stays in the loop for a long distance before
straightening out and losing energy. This enables the head to stay in
a very compact package longer to optimize long distance casting.
This concentrated mass also slips through the wind more easily than lines
that turn over quicker. Coupled to the tangle-free GuideLine Shooter,
this head allowed me to fish at distances unobtainable with any other fly
tackle I have ever used. It got me three hook-ups one morning.
However, because of the turn-over characteristics of the head, this line is
an unremarkable performer at close distances.
|Delta Spey Line||Miracle Braid Shooting Line|
|Delta Multi Tip Spey Line||About Airflo Spey Lines|
|Skagit Head||When to add a PolyLeader|
Only Airflo lines are made from UV resistant, super-tough
polyurethane. There are no liquids used in the manufacture of Airflo lines
and therefore they last longer than PVC lines. With its dry lubricant in
the outer coating Airflo Spey Lines stay cleaner than other lines, and
don’t require as much care as PVC lines. Airflo Spey Lines are
super-slick. As with all fly lines, regular cleaning will ensure
that they stay that way. By cleaning your line, you help it float,
and keep friction in the rod guides from degrading line smoothness.
Airflo lines are hardly affected by DEET and other chemicals that would
normally ruin a fly line. You don’t have to worry about getting insect
repellant on Airflo fly lines.
|Delta Spey Line|
Completely redesigned in 2006. All
that remains is the original Delta Spey taper created by Tim Rajeff and
Dec Hogan. Delta Spey now features the Power Core technology for improved
control over the Spey cast, this combined with a new supple outer coating
makes for less memory in cold conditions.
Produced as a one part line, the Delta Spey features new improved low diameter running lines for unrivalled casting performance. Our testers have hailed the new Delta Spey as the ultimate all-round line for Spey, switch and overhead casts.
|Head lengths vary from 50½ feet to 57 feet and head weights conform to the new Spey Standard. Exclusive Delta Spey Taper for powerful turnover. Power Core ultra low stretch for ultimate casting performance, hook set, and minimal memory. Two tone Mint Green for easy loading.|
|Airflow Delta Spey Line||6/7||$69.95||
|Airflow Delta Spey Line||7/8||$69.95||
|Airflow Delta Spey Line||8/9||$69.95||
|Airflow Delta Spey Line||9/10||$69.95||
|Delta Multi Tip Spey Line|
This extremely versatile system has been
grasped by two hand casters the world over, being perfect for those trips
when you just don’t know what the gods will throw at you. Delta lines come
with a range of 4 tips all 15’ long – floating, sink 2, sink 5 and the
incredible sink 8 ( 8” per sec).
Each loop features our new improved sleeved weld for incredible strength and durability. All spare tip sections are now looped tip and butt, making this the first Multi Tip line with tip loops. Powerful Delta Spey tapers give superb turnover - individually balanced tip sections to avoid
|hinging- tips 13’ -
15’. Power Core has ultra-low stretch for ultimate casting performance,
hook set, and minimal memory. New Ultra Supple PolyFuse XT cold weather
coating – ultra supple inner layer for low memory and Teflon loaded
outer layer for slick casting performance.
Two tone Mint Green.
|Airflo Delta Multi-Tip Spey Line||6/7||$139.95||
|Airflo Delta Multi-Tip Spey Line||7/8||$139.95||
|Airflo Delta Multi-Tip Spey Line||8/9||$139.95||
|Airflo Delta Multi-Tip Spey Line||9/10||$139.95||
|Skagit Head Spey Line|
|In the rivers of the Pacific NW of the United States a style of fishing has developed using easy casting multi tip shooting heads. Heads can be easier to cast than regular weight forward lines. Heavy sink tips are used to get big flies to the bottom of big rivers. Shorter, interchangeable shooting heads can do this easier than longer belly lines. Previously available only in custom made versions by fly nerds, the new NW 2 Hand Shooting Heads now allows people who fish sink tips to catch medium to large sized steelhead and salmon in rivers around the world. Powerful front tapers are designed for turnover with wind resistant flies and heavy tips. Floating-multi filament||
|braided nylon core
for low memory. PolyFuse XT dual layer system- supple inner layer for low
memory and a hard highly lubricated outer layer for slick casting
Tired of cutting up lines trying to make easy casting shooting heads for big heavy flies? Airflo has created a series of Skagit heads that bring the performance of custom lines to everyone who owns a two-hand rod. These Skagit lines do not require special rods but can be cast with rods that have moderate actions and power commonly used to cast shorter lines like Airflo Delta Spey lines. The goal was to create a line that easily casts the largest / heaviest flies using an interchangeable sink tip system. Running line needs vary with conditions therefore Airflo has chosen to listen to the hard core fishermen and created their NW 2-Hand Skagit lines in a shooting head configuration.
|Airflo Skagit Spey Head||6/7||$74.95||
|Airflo Skagit Spey Head||7/8||$74.95||
|Airflo Skagit Spey Head||8/9||$74.95||
|Airflo Skagit Spey Head||9/10||$74.95||
|Technical Information About Airflo NW Skagit Spey Lines|
|Size||Floating portion weight||Front taper length of floating belly||Belly length||Rear taper length||Length of Floating w/o tip||Total line length including sink tip||Total head weight gr.||Average rod length||Rod / head length ratio|
|Non-Stretch Miracle Shooting Braid|
|Possibly the best
overall shooting/running line for coldwater use with spey shooting heads
is Airflo MiracleBraid. It's incredibly light so it shoots a long way, has
NO memory, floats, and doesn't tangle very often. Because it has no
stretch, even on those dainty takes where the fish merely "stops" the fly
can be felt. The feel is immediate and very pronounced. This is a great
line to use in combination with Skagit and Scandinavian heads. Some
anglers are even cutting the stock shooting lines from mid-length heads
and replacing them with Miracle Braid because it gives superior
|MBRATDNS||Airflo Non-Stretch Miracle Shooting Braid, 40-yard spool||35-pound test||$24.95||
|About Airflo Spey Lines|
|Made by an exclusive process
from Polyurethane, Airflo Spey Lines are slick and tough.
They are well known to shoot with less effort than their competition.
|How About Adding An Airflo PolyLeader?|
|It is well known that PolyLeaders carry the flow of energy longer and smoother than regular nylon leaders. Adding a PolyLeader to your fly line will enable you to cast further and smoother.|
|Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Sheppard !!!|
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
Fish long & prosper,
Mark Bachmann, Patty Barnes