Spey Tips and Leaders

Most Scandi and Skagit casting systems require some sort of tip to complete the system. This tip could be a sink tip, a floating tip, or a polyleader.  You’ll use a different tip based on the two-handed fishing technique and casting style you are using at each fishing location.  Don’t be tip lazy.  Change your tip to fish each run effectively!!

Sink Tips
  • Present Flies to Fish that are Holding in Deeper Water
  • Skagit or Hybrid Heads
  • Non Tapered Tips
  • Sinks Fast

As a General Guideline, the Length of the Tip you Fish, Should not Exceed the Length of the Rod.

Sink Tip Density
  • Sink Tip Density (Equates to Sink Rate)
  • Measured in Grains Per Foot
  • Proceeded by the Letter ‘T’ (Tungsten-Impregnated Material)
  • Amount of Tungsten Impregnated into Each Foot of the Tip
    • For example, T-10 Weighs 10 grains Per Foot
  • Usually Level Sink Tips

Level Sink Tip = Non Tapered Sink Tip

Flo & Mo Tips
  • Reduce the Hinge Angle Between a Hybrid or Skagit Head and Sink Tip
  • Combine Intermediate Fly Line Material of Different Lengths with Level-Sink Tungsten Material
  • The Intermediate Material Sinks at a Slower Rate than the Level Sink Material, Creating a Smoother transition Between Head and Tip

Shallower Hinge Angle = Fewer Hang-Ups.

 

Polyleader
  • Floating, Intermediate or Level Sink Tip
    • Floating and Intermediate
      • Delicate Presentation
      • Scandi or Hybrid
    • Tungsten-Impregnated Material with a Tapered Design
      • Smoother Turnover than the Level Sink
      • Hybridg or Skagit

Tapered Leaders Sink at a Much Slower Rate than a Level or Non-Tapered Leader

Leaders –
  • Less Complex than Single Hand Fishing
  • Level Mono or Flurocarbon 3-5′
  • Loop Knot
Check out OutFlyFishing Outfitters as they have done an amazing job with diagrams of putting everything together.

 

Remember – Don’t be tip lazy.  Change your tip to fish each run effectively!!

 

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