In the end it all comes down to this. A better head means more fish.
I had the opportunity to try out the Scientific Anglers Skagit Extreme Intermediate head while fishing the Deschutes river this September. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love. The head was not only a pleasure to cast and to fish but immediately put me on fish where my floating head had failed.
Here’s the scenario. I was fishing a tough run at the head of a big rapid where I knew there were fish who didn’t get a lot of attention. The bite had been a little slow and I was really looking for one more fish on my last day. I knew they were there but I wasn’t getting them.
This run was tough for a couple of reasons. It was deep and fast. This made it tough to get the fly down and even tougher to get a good slow swing, but it also made casting tricky as I was in chest deep water with poor footing. On top of that, the water was boiling over big boulders, making it hard to get a good consistent swing. A good run with a lot of challenges.
I fished through it with my floating head with no success. My buddy Jeff Hickman was with me and generously offered me his rod with the SA Skagit Extreme Intermediate. From the first cast it was clear that this was the tool for the job.
First, it solved the casting struggle. This head is one of the best casting heads I’ve used. It almost casts itself. Secondly, by sinking below the surface current it produced a sweet buttery swing. All of the slack caused by the boiling current was gone. I had a slow deep swing with a very straight connection to my fly. Within a few casts I was rewarded with a nice steelhead.
I wouldn’t have thought of an intermediate head for summer steelhead but it turned out to be just the ticket. The 1.5 fps sink of the head allows you to fish shorter tips and makes for easy casting and great presentations. I’ve seen Jeff use this head effectively, paired with a clear intermediate tip for spooky fish in shallow water. It’s a much more versatile tool than I would have guessed.
The taper is very powerful. It turns over heavy tips easily and feels like it cuts the wind better than a floating head. It has a strong braided mono core and welded loops. The blue color is easy for the angler to see and a little more stealthy for the fish. A solid piece of work from the guys at Scientific Anglers.
At the end of the day a better head means more fish. That does it for me.Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!