This is a follow up article to The Scandit Approach, and explains how I fish a “Scandit” set up.
Generally speaking I go for much lighter line weights for this “Scandit” style of casting than those which are recommended for “traditional” Skagit. Typically Tim Rajeff recommends line weights for his ECHO rods which are sometimes as much as 100 grains (just under 7 grams) heavier than the weights I use for Scandit. For example, if we consider the ECHO TR 7130 – Tim recommends using a 570 grain ECHO Skagit Compact for that rod, I load it with a 480 grain ECHO Rage or a 510 grain ECHO Skagit Compact – a difference of up to 90grains (6g).
My Set up and how to fish it
I use all ECHO Skagit and Cross-Over heads (ECHO Rage) as regular multi-tip lines, just adding either a poly-leader or a length of Tx as the conditions require.
- Spring Fishing, large flies heavy water:
This is where the ECHO Skagit Compact heads come into their own, combine them with one of Tim Rajeff’s Custom Cut Tips (you can choose between T10, T14 and T18 in either 10ft or 18ft) and your fishing set-up becomes incredibly flexible.
- Summer fishing – normal size flies:
For this type of fishing I normally use the ECHO Rage Heads. To use them as ” regular multi tip line” I just combine them with a poly leader – I use either an intermediate, slow sink or fast sink. If I am fishing in areas of complex currents or need to go down a bit deeper, then I use an ECHO Skagit Intermediate. If the river is in flood then I normally use a set up similar to that I would use for spring fishing.
- Autumn Fishing -normal size flies:
Same as for Summer Fishing, if however the water is in flood then same as for Spring Fishing.
The ECHO Skagit Compact, Skagit Switch and Skagit Intermediate Heads are not intended to replace the ECHO Scandi Compact, they are designed for a totally different job. Use them with large flies and/or if you want your fly to fish deep. A Skagit Head system combined with CCT’s enables you to “hang” the fly over lies and pockets whilst fishing deeper than with a conventional line set up. You can fish all the way in to your own bank without the belly getting snagged on rocks which is often the case when fishing full sinking lines. If this wasn’t in itself enough Skagit Head systems are also incredibly easy to cast with.
Use the ECHO Rage if its windy. The Rage was originally designed to cast large bushy dry flies to steel head on the PNW, it is not quite as delicate as a full-blown scandi head but it is very good at casting in the wind. Cast it like you would a standard scandi, changing the polyleader up front to meet the type of fishing you are doing. If you want to chuck bombers or giant caddis or other mutant dry-flies at salmon or sea trout or hitch a micro-tube, use a Rage with a length of mono up front.
These short, aggressive tapered “skagit” heads are extremely easy to cast and by using an appropriate weight for underhand casting I am convinced you will be surprised at how easy it is to cast with them and how delicate a skagit head can present a fly and who knows you might even become “a believer.”
Have fun experimenting.