The long stroke with the softer style fits with where my undertanding of skagit casting is at. Despite the fact that it is a short head, the stroke is much more like the stroke you would use with a long belly line due to the full contact of the line on the water.
I will have to try the Dredger line this winter. I have been fishing T+T rods and using a very compact fast stroke ala Dec Hogan style. I'm wondering if the T+T is too stiff to be a good skagit rod (although I'm sure a better caster could manage it just fine). I just ordered a skagit cheater from Rio and getting the right belly length may also change my success.