Korkers KGB Boots, Skagit Lines and Sinking Tips
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Fly Tying Party
Korkers KGB Boots
January 6, 2013
Featuring Free Tying Instruction From:
Pro Tube Systems Rep: Bruce Berry
Assisted by: Mark Bachmann and Travis Johnson.
This program is for
new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Korkers KGB Wading Shoes
The Korkers KGB (Korkers Guide Boot) is a product that has evolved from close contact with, and advise from many professional fishing guides. These boots incorporate the comfort and technical functionality you have come to expect only from Korkers foot wear, such as super-lightweight construction combined with changeable outer soles allowing perfect adaptability to any terrain. The bomber lacing system has a locking feature for improved fit for all foot types. Construction features: durable rubber, mesh and laces along with a TPU cage and Vibram Idro Grip outsoles, significantly raising the performance of these top level wading boots. These boots are built to last through all the daily abuse that guides and hardcore fishers will subject them to.
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Comes with both Felt and Kling-On Soles
Video of KGB Boot in action.
A size 11 boot
weighs 2-pounds 6-ounces.
|FB3615-08||Korkers KGB Wading Shoes, with Felt and Studded Kling-On Soles||8||$209.99||Sale Ended|
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A Comprehensive Review
Of Skagit Lines
By: Mark Bachmann
|Skagit Shooting Head Lines are used primarily in the Pacific Northwest of North America for fishing steelhead and salmon. Some of the highest concentrations of fish occur during periods when water flows are highest and the water is very cold. Many of these fish will strike a fly only if it is in close proximity, so Skagit lines are made to take flies deep, and fish them slow. Skagit lines normally involve some kind of sinking tip sections to take flies down to depth quickly. These tips are designed to retain enough energy to turn over enormous flies. Anglers fishing the Skagit River in northern Washington State get credit for the evolution of these lines. Relative Working Depths For Skagit Shooting Heads|
|Airflo||RIO||Royal Wulff||Scientific Anglers|
|Skagit Compact, Floating||Skagit Flight, Floating||Ambush, Floating||Skagit Extreme, Floating|
|Skagit Compact, Intermediate||Skagit Flight, Intermediate||Skagit Extreme, Intermediate|
|Skagit Switch||Skagit Short||Skagit Extreme, Integrated|
It had snowed during the night higher in the watershed. Then the sky had
cleared. The temperature had dropped. The river was running about
36-degrees. My client had already landed a large steelhead first thing
in the morning. The water that held the fish was comparatively
shallow and full of large boulders. He was fishing a M.O.W. Tip with
7.5' of T-11 on his floating 540-grain Airflo Floating Skagit Compact
shooting head. His fly
was probably fishing around 2' deep...perfect for where he had hooked the
fish. He had continued to fish through the rest of the run with no more
success and we had moved.
Now the boat was anchored at the head of a long run that averaged 3' - 8' deep. This client had fished this same run with me many times before. Instead of changing tips, he decided to concentrate 3' - 4' deep water that extended about a third of the way out into the river...not a bad plan considering we were in water that no one else had fished that day. For a while I watched from the boat, then decided to follow through the pool fishing the outer two thirds of the run.
Simon Gawesworth had sent me several of the new RIO iFlight heads to try out, and I selected one and fitted a 10' T-14 M.O.W. tip to it, then attached a 4' leader and a lightly weighted fly. This outfit had the right configuration to get the fly deep and work it slowly across the river in what I figured would be the most productive holding water. A hard strike came after ten minutes of moving and fishing down the river. The fish was lost, then several casts later another fish took the fly, and was also lost. But, adapting the tackle to the water had given me two chances.
Water is 800 times denser than air. Air molecules create less friction than water molecules traveling at the same speed. In any river, most of the current speed is near the surface of the water because air molecules create less friction on water molecules than water molecules do against each other. The deeper the water, the heavier it gets, which creates even more friction. The deeper the water, the slower it moves. The bottom of most rivers is like a giant piece of sandpaper, which creates even more friction. Fly lines sink faster in slower water, so the deeper they go, the faster they sink.
Floating fly lines float because they are constructed from materials that are lighter in weight (less dense) than water. Sinking fly lines sink because they are heavier (more dense) than water. In the past Skagit Shooting Heads were made entirely from floating material. Now some Skagit heads are made from slow sinking materials or from a combination of floating and sinking materials.
The Skagit iFlight is a new generation of shooting head, mostly constructed from slow sinking clear material with only the rear portion of the head made from floating material.
Scientific Anglers were first on the market with a sinking Skagit head. Their Skagit Extreme Intermediate Head is made entirely from blue colored translucent slow sinking material. Airflo was soon to follow with their Skagit Compact Intermediate having the rear part of the line made from floating material. This allowed the angler to steer the rear part of the line for control.
Since the Scientific Anglers Skagit Extreme head incorporates no floating material, it will sink somewhat deeper than the Airflo version. Because the entire head of the Extreme is underwater it also comes across the river with a slower swing. It is very stealthy, but is hard to visually track because it is all dark colored and is all underwater.
Any line that is hard to see is harder to cast, and to control after the cast is made. RIO's iFlight incorporates a floating rear portion that is light orange for better visibility to the angler.
Will Intermediate Skagit Heads ever replace floating ones for all around use? I think probably not, but they do have some specialized uses, especially when coupled with RIO's new iMOW tips (more on them later). Intermediate Skagit Heads do offer advantages when fishing deep and slow. They also have advantages when needing to cast long distances. Somehow the higher density construction material makes for longer flight time.
Skagit heads are fatter and shorter than they were ten years ago. They also have more taper on each end, which makes them cast smoother and stay in the loop longer for longer flight time. On the average, Skagit Lines made today are much easier to use than those made in the past.
|Making Sense Out Of Sinking Tips|
|Nothing else in the sport of fly fishing seems to create as much confusion as Skagit Lines and the Sinking Tips used with them.|
|M.O.W. Tips||Rolling Your Own||Airflo Custom Cut Tips|
|iM.O.W. Tips||Density Comp Tips 15' Tips||Braided Loops|
Floating fly lines float because they are constructed from materials
that are lighter in weight (less dense) than water. Sinking fly lines
sink because they are heavier (more dense) than water.
Water is 800 times denser than air. Air molecules create less friction than water molecules traveling at the same speed. In any river, most of the current speed is near the surface of the water because air molecules create less friction on water molecules than water molecules do against each other. The deep er the water, the heavier it gets, which creates even more friction. The deeper the water, the slower it moves. The bottom of most rivers is like a giant piece of sandpaper, which creates even more friction. Fly lines sink faster in slower water, so the deeper they go, the faster they sink.
So, the relative operating depth of a fly line is not only controlled by the velocity of the water and the density of the line but also the length of the sinking portion of the line. The longer the line, the better chance it has to reach the slower water where it can sink faster. Problem is, longer lines will always be harder to cast than shorter ones.
Around 1990, in the Pacific Northwest, there occurred an explosion of
interest in fishing for steelhead with two hand fly rods. Anglers tried
adapting European Atlantic Salmon tackle, but it didn't work very well
because our rivers and fish are different. U.S. anglers quickly adopted
weight-forward lines with changeable sinking tips. In the
beginning the most popular lines used heads of about 55' with sinking
tips that were 15' long. During this period most two-hand rods
were 14' - 15' long. Anglers figured out that these types of rods were
too large for all but the largest steelhead rivers. As shorter rods
became more popular, lines with shorter heads also became more popular.
As the rods got shorter, it became more difficult for novice anglers to
cast the standard 15' sinking tips. This is because when the forward
cast is executed, the sinking tip has to be aimed at the target. If part
of the sinking tip is pointed anywhere else, it will create a tremendous
amount of friction when it tries to leave the water, resulting in a poor
About five years ago, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell & Ed Ward working with RIO came up with a system of shorter tips that novice anglers could adapt to more easily. They are called M.O.W. Tips. They are thoroughly explained here: M.O.W. Tips
To control sink rate and remain easy to cast, M.O.W. Tips use varying proportions of floating and sinking materials in their construction. M.O.W. Tips do a very good job under many conditions, but a 10' long tip or 12.5' long tip will never reach as deep as a 15' tip of the same weight and density. For that reason anglers are experimenting with Skagit Heads constructed with portions that sink to extend the length of sinking tip without increasing the overall length of the line. To blend more seamlessly with the new intermediate sinking heads RIO has introduces the iMOW Series of tips that use a blend of intermediate and fast sinking materials. They offer a new set of tools with which to control the exact depth of your fly...easier.
Making Your Own Custom Sinking Tips3
And Sinking Shooting Heads
To take the best advantage of many freshwater and saltwater fisheries you often need to get your fly deep. This requires a fly line that sinks quickly. RIO makes extremely high density sinking fly lines that comes in a roll, which can be cut to any length that suits your purpose.
These lines come in five different weights: T-8 that weighs 8-grains per foot, T-11 that weighs 11-grains per foot, T-14 that weighs 14-grains per foot, T-17 that weighs 17-grains per foot, and T-20 that weighs 20-grains per foot. RIO T-lines are supple, easy to work with, and do not kink while fishing. Sink rates were revised for 2012. T-20 sinks more than 10-inches per second, T-17 sinks about 9-10 inches per second. T-14 sinks about 8-9 inches per second. T-11 sinks about 7-8 inches per second. T-8 sinks about 6-7 inches per second.
M.O.W. Tips and factory made 10' and 15' density compensated Replacement sinking tips and sinking shooting heads can be purchased in many useable weights and densities as well.
The advantage you have using the RIO T-lines are that they cost about half as much and can be cut to any length to be customized for many presentation where the highest density sink rates are needed.
T-8 is designed for single-hand rods 6 through 8 weight and lighter #4-#7 two-hand rods.
T-11 is ideal for single handed rods between #7 and #9 and two-hand rods of #7 to #9.
T-14 is best for single-hand rods from 10 through 12 weight, and double-hand rod with Spey lines #8 and heavier. T-14 works especially well with the Skagit Spey lines 475-grains and heavier.
T-17 is ideal for single handed rods between #11 and #13 and two handed rods of #8 to #10.
T-17 works especially well with the Skagit Spey lines 575-grains and heavier.
T-20 is ideal for single handed rods between #12 and #16 and two handed rods of #9 to #11.
T-20 works especially well with the Skagit Spey lines 650-grains and heavier.
Heavier lines not only sink faster, but also retain the energy to turn over larger flies.
The Chart Below offers insights into lengths and weights of T-lines:
|10 Item||Size||Description||Price||To Top|
|20120T8||T-8.||Rio, 15', T-8, may be cut to length, 8 grains per foot, 6" to 7" per second sink rate||$11.95||Sale Ended|
|20121T11||T-11.||Rio, 15', T-11, may be cut to length, 11 grains per foot, 7" to 8" per second sink rate||$11.95||Sale Ended|
|20122T14||T-14.||Rio, 15', T-14, may be cut to length, 14 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate||$11.95||Sale Ended|
|20123T17||T-17.||Rio, 15', T-17, may be cut to length, 17 grains per foot, 9" to 10" per second sink rate||$11.95||Sale Ended|
|20123T20||T-20.||Rio, 15', T-20, may be cut to length, 20 grains per foot, 10" to 11" per second sink rate||$11.95||Sale Ended|
|20120||T-8.||Rio, 30', T-8, welded factory loop on each end, may be cut to length, 8 grains per foot, 6" to 7" per second sink rate||$39.95||Sale Ended|
|20121||T-11.||Rio, 30', T-11, welded factory loop on each end, may be cut to length, 11 grains per foot, 7" to 8" per second sink rate||$39.95||Sale Ended|
||T-14.||Rio, 30', T-14, welded factory loop on each end, may be cut to length, 14 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate||$39.95||Sale Ended|
||T-17.||Rio, 30', T-17, welded factory loop on each end, may be cut to length, 17 grains per foot, 9" to 10" per second sink rate||$39.95||Sale Ended|
||T-20.||Rio, 30', T-20, no welded factory loops, may be cut to length, 20 grains per foot, 10+" per second sink rate||$39.95||Sale Ended|
|T-8.||Rio, 500', T-8 Spool, may be cut to length, 8 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate||$299.95||Sale Ended|
|T-11.||Rio, 500', T-11 Spool, may be cut to length, 11 grains per foot, 7" to 8" per second sink rate||$299.95||Sale Ended|
|T-14.||Rio, 500', T-14 Spool, may be cut to length, 14 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate||$299.95||Sale Ended|
|T-17.||Rio, 500', T-17 Spool, may be cut to length, 17 grains per foot, 9" to 10" per second sink rate||$299.95||Sale Ended|
|T-20.||Rio, 500', T-20 Spool, may be cut to length, 20 grains per foot, 10+" per second sink rate||$299.95||Sale Ended|
|Building Loops In Rio T-Line Tips|
Starting in the mid- 1960's, tournament casters in the Pacific
Northwest revolutionized fly fishing by introducing the
double-haul cast and shooting head fly lines attached to
monofilament shooting lines. Suddenly anglers could cast nearly
twice as far by building much higher line speeds and by reducing
line-friction in the rod guides. Anglers also found that they
could change from floating heads to sinking heads quickly by
attaching their shooting heads and lines together with loop to
loop connections. During the late 1980's American anglers also
found that they could change the configuration of their Spey
lines by loop to looping various lengths of floating and sinking
Slip-over loops made from braided monofilament
became the most popular items for these connections. Where large
diameter floating line connections are involved, these braided
loops remain the most popular tools to get the job done
A popular way to form loops in Rio T-line is to simply fold the end of the line over and nail knot monofilament over it several times. I like 12-pound Maxima for all sizes of T-line loops. Three nail knots add a measure of reliability. Coat the knots with Zap-A-Gap for extra insurance.
RIO Skagit Tips ON
Many Skagit Lines don't come with tips, so we decided to make up our own kits in the most popular sizes. RIO makes the most popular sinking tips. These tip sets will fit heads from 350-grains to 750-grains. Each kit contains (four tips), an intermediate, type-3, type-6 and type-8 tip. Each tip is 15' long. These tips can be used with all Skagit lines made by RIO, Airflo and Scientific Anglers.
These sets offer a substantial saving over the cost of the pieces purchased separately ($109.75).
|SKGT-T9||RIO Skagit Tip Set||9||
|SKGT-T10||RIO Skagit Tip Set||10||
Airflo Custom Cut Tips4
'Like a Brick' probably best describes the sink rate of a Custom Cut Tip. These were developed to meet the demands from steelhead and striper fishermen, but work for any specie where you have to get your fly deep in a hurry. These 20-foot long tips are looped at each end and may be simply looped to the end of your fly line for a 20-foot depth charge. Most anglers find that this is more than they need and make two shorter tips; such as two ten-footers or maybe an 8' and 12', or a 5' and 15' tips. The combinations are up to you, whether seeking a certain depth or a balance with a certain rod, Custom Cut Tips can help tune your fly line to your specific needs.
|452162||Airflo Custom Cut Tips, CCT20-200||200-grain||$30.95||Sale Ended|
|452179||Airflo Custom Cut Tips, CCT20-330||330-grain||$30.95||Sale Ended|
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