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Rethinking Flyfishing – Skagit

We just have to admit it, leaving politics aside, there is a lot of funky stuff coming over from the USA. Pulsing over the big ocean a rather new “flyfishing- movement” has hit the shores of Europe. An alternative movement which is in the midst of “reinventing” flyfishing or at least how we have perceived flyfishing over the last few decades. Rethinking flytackle and it’s practical use: a never-ending-story 🙂

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We are of course talking about SKAGIT.

Skagit has it’s origin in steelhead fishing; chucking big flies and heavy sink tips into the deep holding places of the winter steelhead.

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Conventional tackle consisting of a 15ft rod and a long speyline or scandi head would of course do the job but for the occasional fishermen it is extremely hard work if not frustrating or even impossible to master.

The Skagit journey and its development started in the early 1990’s when the likes of Mike Kinney, Scott O’Donnell, Scott Howell, Jerry French, Mike McCune and last but not least Ed Ward were busy chopping and splicing, hard at work developing what would eventually evolve into today’s Skagit Lines.  These guides new that time had come to optimise spey casting, in winter conditions, with large outsized flies, not for experts like themselves but for Mr Joe Average caster. The short belly approach was underway, the revolution had begun… these guys were just about to “Skagitize” the world.

Back in the “90’s” standard Skagit kit would be based on a 14ft or even 15ft rod, now a typical Skagit rod is somewhere between 11ft and 13ft, with a head from 3.5m to 6.5m long and weighing between 150gr to 750gr. Skagit has rocketed forward from an “undercover” style to become the most en vogue new 2 Handed fishing style on the globe. In less than 25 years! But its not just a fashion or a flash in the pan. Its much much more – its a motor too, a motor driving the industry to develop cutting edge products. Its probably the biggest revolution that Spey fishing has seen since the introduction of “underhand” casting in the 1980’s!

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Skagit is a style which can be easily adapted to other kinds of flyfishing. Ever thought of rethinking your fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Huchen, or even your single handed fishing for sea trout, or bass, or pike or (God forbid) even dryfly fishing?

Stay tuned if you are ready to rethink your game and and if you are eager to know more about SkagitCasting or Micro Skagit.

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