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Old 03-06-2005, 01:28 PM
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Quick & Dirty Skagit Line Recipe for the GLs

Take one Rio Windcutter 9/10/11 floater and one package of Rio 30 ft. T-14, cut and add loops -- and voila, a crude Skagit line.

Ingrediants:
  • Measuring from the tip of the Windcutter, cut off 15' and throw that piece in a drawer.
  • Measure another 10' and cut that off.
  • Measure another 5' and cut that off.
  • Take the 30 ft' of T-14 and cut it into 5', 10' and 15' pieces.

Add the loops of your choice.

Whip differing coloured thread onto the loops so that it's easy to see which loop goes with which.

For shallow runs, match the 25' belly with the 10' floater and 5' T-14 tip. For deeper runs, use the 5' floater and the 10' T-14 and for really getting down, run the 15' T-14 right off the belly section.

To add a little spice, Rio Big Boys, Airflo Custom Tips, standard 15' tips, and Polyleaders can also be used. However, the standard recipe of T-14 and Windcutter floater should satisfy most appetites.

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what kind of rod are you fishing with that set up?
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Two rods. Daiwa Lochmor 13'6" - 9 wt. and Loop Blue 8124.

The Daiwa is the power rod where distance is need. It's far more "touchy" than the Loop. Any little burble in the Skagit cast and you're done like dinner. But get it right and it flies.

OTOH, the Blue is way more tolerable but it starts to max out at 80' and is all in by 90'.

By the fall, I'll add a Kispiox to the mix and I'd expect that to handle up to 70' well but after that, it'll be work.

If I had to choose one rod for this sort of work -- it'll be the Blue

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Pretty neat and easy to remember.

Did you happen to take weight measurements on each configuration for comparison? I am sure they all work but just to get an idea of the adjustments a caster would/should make.
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Pretty neat and easy to remember.

Did you happen to take weight measurements on each configuration for comparison? I am sure they all work but just to get an idea of the adjustments a caster would/should make.

No I didn't -- good point, I'll weigh the front sections tonight. Should mention that it isn't that pretty to cast and there's a fair bit of kick, but I'm not too worried about pretty as long as it gets out there.

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Very interesting stuff Peter,

I already have the T14 cut to those lengths, I just need to get a windcutter and chop it up.

We are going to have to call you the Line Doctor from now on.

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I would think that the t14 would be alot heavier than the equal lenth of floating line. And the windcutter is heavy for those rods too, isn't it? Does the skagit style of casting make the load requirements that different?
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15' of T-14 = 208 grains

10' of T-14 + 5' of floater = 209 grains

5' of T-14 + 10' of floater = 183 grains

Close enough that any adjustment shouldn't be necessary.

Eddie, as you can see by this, there isn't much difference between T-14 and the floater in a grains per foot comparison. And yes, these lines tend to be heavier than comparable spey lines as there's not much of a D-Loop.

Charlie, I ain't even finished med school yet! And I can't afford the malpractice insurance!

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