Tried and true…Sinking spey lines
So I have been fishing sinking skagit and scandie heads on and off for a while now, starting with the all clear intermediate ones I made myself some years back and more recently with offerings from airflo and Rio.
When I am fishing them they feel great. That is they feel like a line that is doing a better job of fishing my fly the way I want it. But I have not noticed a big increase in the number of grabs I am getting while using them, and for the most part, when I have one guest fishing a floating line sink tip rig, and another guy fishing a sinking line, the tried and true, skagit and a sink tip seems to do better.
I have been messing with the sinkers more and more, I really like them, (especially the ones I made myself with no floating section) and I think I have an idea why they haven’t paid off like I feel they should have.
They fish different. It is a real change in gear, and it definitely opens up a lot of water spey fishers had not previously been able to fish effectively. But the water I fish most, is the water I spent years figuring out how to catch fish from with floating lines. That is, the water I fish the most, is floating line sink tip water, because that’s all I had when I learned to fish it.
So this season I have been experimenting a lot, feeling around in bigger, deeper heavier water, trying to find find where these lines fit best. Its fun, and although I am not personally catching as many fish as I would if I stuck to the tried and true, I feel like I am on the edge of something, I am learning a lot about water I just couldn’t use before, its added quite a bit of fishing water to my favorite rivers.
Of course salmon season was a different story, these lines CRUSHED the Salmon.
On a very related note, if you manage to find a Rio 510 sinking skagit with 12 feet of T-14 and a Sasquatch Poacher tied on, please return it. I broke the damn thing off down there yesterday.
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