From Skagit lines and sink tips to floating scandi lines

A few tips for Spey fishermen who are transitioning from winter steelhead and trout fishing in colder water temperatures that require casting heavy Skagit lines, heavy sink tips, and weighted flies to spey casting for summer steelhead and, or trout in warmer water temperatures with smaller flies.

Scandi lines are very light, rear weighted, and therefore very easy to cast. A floating scandi line is no longer in length than a standard Skagit head looped to a sink tip. Care must be taken to not overpower the sweep and blow the anchor.

This video includes multiple tips about how to use your favorite Skagit casts for casting floating Scandinavian or Scandi lines without blowing anchors or hitting yourself with your D loop of Fly for a successful transition into spey casting floating scandi lines whether you are using a two-handed spey rod or a single hand fly rod.

Tips include:

Setting your anchor next to you with your line layed out in front of you, not behind you in preparation for a gentle controlled sweep and peel.

Both hands stay in front of your torso. Top hand elbow stays pinned to the side for the sweep.

The Soak: After setting your anchor let it soak for a second or two to allow the fly to sink, which will help you if you blow your anchor too much.

Slowing down the sweep. A nice mellow sweep and a light anchor are key to a good cast. Too much power in the sweep with a short scandi head, and yes, they are short, will cause blown anchors

Sweeping and casting with the rod tip canted away from you, almost side armed, will help you if you are hitting yourself with your fly or D loop. This will also help you keep your rod change of direction from sweep to forward cast, low over the water to keep you from blowing your anchor.

Overhang: If you are blowing your anchor with short Scandi heads, increase your overhang. This can help immensely in keeping you from blowing your anchor and help you hit that sweet spot, I was amazed when I extended my overhang to 3 feet how easy it became to keep my sustained anchor sustained and launch my Commando Smooth like a Rocket. Give it a try if you are blowing your anchor.



2 thoughts on “From Skagit lines and sink tips to floating scandi lines

  1. Hey Tim, great video ! I’ve watched it several times now and am picking up some key tips. Do you prefer a different running line. More so , would you change from a mono running line ? Thanks for your contributions to the two hand journey.

    1. Hi Paul, thanks for watching and commenting on the video, I’m so glad you find it helpful. I prefer mono on my bigger rods particularly when swinging for Steelhead because it shoots so good and since I’m not stripping the fly in close. For Single hand lines that I use for lots of touch and go casting I like mono but I’m also growing very fond of my OPST Commando Smoot which has an integrated running line. I prefer lighter grain weights in the Commando so I can do single hand Scandi touch and go casts with it. Its very nice. For me it all boils down to personal preference, so I lean towards mono but I’m always hoping for the integrated head thats going to knock my sox of. Commando Smooth comes pretty close! Feel free to ask away with any more questions. Your questions are seen by only me until I make them public, so ask away even if you want to remain anonymous. I’m happy to help a faithful participant. Thanks man!

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