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Skandit A New Term?
Are Skagit and Scandi converging? 
SA Skagit Extreme Rio Skagit Flight Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Lines
Marcy Stone testing Skagit Lines...
Steelhead are Pacific Northwest Icons.  The anglers who pursue them are some of the most passionate in the world.  Some steelhead anglers spend over a hundred days a year on the water.  Around here most of these dedicated anglers use two-handed fly rods...the majority of the time.  An angler who spends this amount of time on the water will encounter many different water and weather conditions. Steelhead rivers have a wide range of personalities. Several types of Spey lines may be used throughout the year to maximize your chances when coping with changes of river sizes, fish sizes, and fly sizes, as well as changes in water-temperatures and wind-velocities. The majority of anglers today use shooting head style lines on their two-handers. The heads for these lines come primarily in two styles, "Scandi" & "Skagit". Scandi lines evolved on the Atlantic Salmon rivers in Scandinavia. These lines were designed with long front tapers to give them delicate presentations and extra flight time. Often PolyLeaders are added to these Scandi shooting heads to give them adaptable sink rates. Designers of Scandinavian shooting heads retained the "touch-and-go" anchor used by casters of traditional long belly lines in Europe.
Skagit lines are a product of the Pacific Northwest of North America where anglers found that very large flies were found to be productive Steelhead and Salmon, especially if they were fished deep.. At first these lines lacked front tapers because their designers used the floating head of the line to turn over heavy-weight sinking tips, which in turn retained enough energy to turn over very large flies. Therefore, Skagit lines evolved to present extremely large flies at maximum depth in areas where very little back-cast room was available. Pacific Northwest anglers found that casting very large/heavy flies was easier to accomplish with a dead-stopped "sustained-anchor" anchor, and casts such as the "Perry Poke" became popular locally.
Along the Pacific Coast, Scandi Lines gained popularity with summer anglers and Skagit style lines have been more popular with winter anglers. Because many anglers fish year around, it was inevitable that some cross pollination of the two casting styles and line styles would occur. The newest generation of Skagit Heads available from the top three line manufacturers have front tapers to slow the turn-over and extend flight time during a cast. These lines are the Skagit Compact from Airflo, Skagit Flight from Rio and the new Spey Skagit Extreme from Scientific Anglers. All of these heads come in all of the weights and lengths to fit the full array of both Spey and Switch rods. The other day Ed Ward stopped by the shop and in the ensuing conversation said that he thought that the Scandi and Skagit style lines and the styles of cast used to employ them were converging into another style called "Modern Spey Casting", or "SKANDIT" (my spelling).
We believe this is so. The new M.O.W. Tips from Rio certainly facilitate this approach by making the "touch-and-go" anchor more practical with Skagit heads, and they also perform superbly with sustained anchor casts needed larger flies. We truly do live in the golden age of Spey Fishing development. MB

Scientific Anglers Mastery Spey Skagit Extreme 

A nice Steelhead landed with a Scientific Anglers Skagit Line...  Photo by Josh Linn

Steelhead are Pacific Northwest Icons.  The anglers who pursue them are some of the most passionate in the world.  Some steelhead anglers spend over a hundred days a year on the water.  Around here most of these dedicated anglers use two-handed fly rods equipped with Skagit style fly lines. Skagit lines evolved on the winter steelhead rivers of the Pacific Northwest,

where casting large flies long distance with little back-cast room is common.  The Mastery Spey Skagit Extreme was first showed to us  by Garry Sandstrom while fishing for winter steelhead on the Sandy River. "Skagit style lines" and "Skagit style casting" are fairly new concepts; first becoming popular in the mid-1990's.  As such, equipment and techniques are still evolving. The Mastery Spey Skagit Extreme is newest "Skagit style line" to hit the market.  It offers some features worth your attention.  First the finish is silky smooth, and the loops are very streamlined and in-line with the rest of the line for smooth passage through the rod guides.  The heads are heavy and designed to bend a rod deep for maximum power.  The taper is designed to work at all ranges, especially long ranges.
  Be sure to check out our extensive      Shooting Line Selection.     

Scientific Anglers laser prints the style and size on each line for easy identification.
Item Description Price To Top
325651 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 18-feet, 280-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325279 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 19-feet, 320-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325286 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 20-feet, 360-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325293 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 21-feet, 400-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325309 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 22-feet, 440-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325316 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 22-feet, 480-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325323 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 23-feet, 520-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325330 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 23-feet, 560-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325347 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 25-feet, 600-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325361 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 25-feet, 640-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325378 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 27-feet, 680-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325385 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 27-feet, 720-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325392 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 29-feet, 760-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED
325415 Scientific Anglers Mastery Skagit Extreme, 29-feet, 800-grains $53.95 SALE ENDED

Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Heads  New Sizes !!!                          
Skagit Lines are popular in the Pacific Northwest...
Rio enlisted some of the most experienced salmon/steelhead fishers in the country to help design and prove their new Skagit Flight Shooting Head system. Guides such as: Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn, Brian Silvey, & Hawkeye Hawkins were included in the field testing crew. They worked directly with Simon Gawesworth to design the most modern Spey Line system to fit the latest rods and casting techniques. Final design testing was done at our very own Summer Steelhead PhD School on the Deschutes River. What has been produced here is the ultimate tool for fishing large flies on sinking tip lines, plus an extraordinary line for fishing in the wind.

The new Skagit Flight Shooting Head may be the ultimate design in Skagit lines for maximum flight time, effortless casting strokes and the tightest and sweetest of loops. Based on the extraordinarily successful AFS head, the line features a back end that loads rods deeply and easily and a long, subtle front taper that ensures the energy flows smoothly to the tip, generating gorgeous loops and long, long flight times and distance. The front end has a thick tip that packs a big punch and easily lifts out heavy tips and large flies with supreme ease.

The heads vary in length between 24 ft and 31 ft, depending on the size, and the range of weights ensures that even the most fastidious of casters will be able to tune their rod to perfection.
Attach a shooting line to the ultra strong welded loop at the back end and one of RIO’s 15 ft tips or a piece of T-11, T-14 or T-17 (sold separately) to the exceptionally neat, bullet proof front loop.
Skagit Flight Head • Length: 24-31 ft (7.3-9.5 m)
Sizes:  350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, 625, 650, 675, 700 and 750 gr
Color: Pale Orange

Rio Skagit Flight

Item Description Size Price To Top
21967 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 350-grain
22 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21968 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 375-grain
22 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21969 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 400-grain
23 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21970 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 425-grain
23.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21971 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 450-grain
24 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21972 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 475-grain
24.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21973 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 500-grain
25 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21974 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 525-grain
25.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21975 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 550-grain
25.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21976 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 575-grain
26 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21977 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 600-grain
26.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21978 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 625-grain
26.5 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21979 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 650-grain
27 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21980 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 675-grain
28 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21981 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 700-grain
30 ft
$49.95 SALE ENDED
21982 Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Pale Orange 750-grain
31 ft
$49.95 -->SALE ENDED

Airflo Skagit Compact Heads



Airflo lines are very smooth!

Spey casting is easier to learn with instruction...
Spey casting is more easily learned with instruction.

New in 2008, the Skagit Compact heads were designed to make fishing in tough places with heavy level sections of sink tip easier than you thought possible. The heads were developed with the help of serious line nerds and Skagit guides like Dec Hogan, who made their living being able to get the fly down to the fish with limited room to make a "D" loop. These lines increment every 30 grains from 420 to 720, ensuring you will never need to cut and splice a line ever again. The heads range from 23 to 27 feet, come with the toughest loop design in the industry, and are color coded so you will never need to confuse one line from another."
Item Description Size Price To Top

SKC360MG

Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Gray 4/5
360-grain
22-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED

SKC390MG

Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Brown 5/6
390-grain
22-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED

SKC420MG

Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - White 5/6
420-grain
23-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC450MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Tan 6/7
450-grain
23-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC480MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Yellow 7/8
480-grain
24-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC510MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Pink 7/8
510-grain
24-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC540MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Orange 8/9
540-grain
25-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC570MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Light Green 8/9
570-grain
25-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC600MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color -  Dark Green 9/10
600-grain
27-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC630MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Light Blue 9/10
630-grain
27-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC660MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Dark Blue 9/10
660-grain
27-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED
SKC720MG Airflo Skagit Compact Head, Loop Color - Purple 10/11
720-grain
27-feet
$54.95 SALE ENDED

Fly Tying Parties at The Fly Fishing Shop in January

January 9, 2011

FLY TYING PARTY
Featuring Free Instruction

Tying Steelhead Flies With Pro Tube Systems


January 16, 2011
FLY TYING PARTY
Featuring Free Instruction

Tying Intruders


January 23, 2011
FLY TYING PARTY
Featuring Free Instruction

Tying Pick Yer Pockets, Wombats, Foxee Prawns and Hoh Bo Speys


January 30, 2011
FLY TYING PARTY
Featuring Free Instruction

Tying Guides Top Pick Winter Steelhead Flies
Group Leaders: Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn, Hawkeye Hawkins, Brian Silvey, Marty Sheppard & Ted Neely


North American River Otter
Otters are native to Oregon and we share all of our rivers with them. They are comical and gregarious, rarely showing much fear of humans.
We floated along in the rain. A fish carcass laying up on the bank drew our attention. I became obvious that it was the remains of a large steelhead which had been filleted in the field, an act which is strictly prohibited by law. Only adipose fin clipped steelhead may be killed in Oregon, and evidence of this fin clip must be retained by the angler until the fish is consumed. Suspecting that there might be a poacher working in the area we came closer to take a look. The 32-inch fish proved to have been of hatchery origin. It evidently had been harvested by an angler who neither had the skill or a decent knife for the fillet job. Half the meat was still left on the skeleton. This botched job proved to be a bonanza for the otter who probably found the carcass in the river and then dragged it up onto the bank for dinner. Then we came along and crashed the party. The swimming otter warily circled us and protested verbally from the river with high pitched chirps. At one point it was within a couple of yards. I was able to snap a few pictures before the otter retrieved his prize and took it across the river. Wildlife encounters such as this would add to any fishing trip, which substantiates the saying that, "There is more to fishing besides catching fish.

Report from the Metalhead Christmas Party

It's Raffle Time, Customers getting ready for the big drawing!

Phil "Hawkeye" Hawkins has quite a crowd for his fly tying demo.
Even the mighty Jim Teeny takes an interest.

Troy Bachmann flanked by Kathy and Brian Beard, the lucky winners of the Echo Spey rod.
TFO gave away (2) premium rods.  There were lots of other prizes.


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