This article was originaly published by OPST on their FB page, its so informative that we decided to post it here. So for those of you that missed the original article here it is again.
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People have been asking, and now it’s time to announce that OPST now offers Commando Tips, completing your Pure Skagit system from hook to reel. It’s a fact that not every hole calls for the fastest, heaviest sink tip. Riffles and shallower runs are extremely important too, especially in high water. In such conditions a shallower, yet still level, sink is the way to go. Commando Tips will make you a more complete angler by allowing you to choose, within a grain weight, from between three different sink rates: Riffle, Run and Bucket, for shallow, medium and deep water. Our tips are 12 feet long to enhance water load and prevent blown anchors, and come with strong welded loops at both ends for easy rigging. The rear ends come with color-coded line IDs to identify both grain weight and sink rate. 96 Grains are looped with Yellow, 132 grains with Light Blue, and 168 Grains are Tan. Within those three grain weights are the three sink rates (Riffle, Run, and Bucket) for each weight. See the attached image.
Those familiar with MOW tips will be able to choose from three different grain weights: 96 grain, 132 grain and 168 grain, (T8, T11 and T14 grains per foot) for use on 2 weight switch rods up to 9 weight two handers.
You will notice that the designations are S2/3, S5/6, etc- meaning the back half of the line is a Type 2 (2 inches per second), and the front half is a Type 3 (3 inches per second). This produces a straighter sink to the fly and reduces the belly effect that occurs in level sink tips. Here are the specifications:
96 Grain, 12 foot (T8):
Rod Size: 2-6
132 grain, 12 foot (T11):
Rod Size: 5-8
Color: Light Blue
168 Grain, 12 foot (T14):
Rod Size: 7-10
We are rolling out the tips now so they should be available at your local OPST dealer sometime this week. To find out which is your closest dealer please have a look here, or alternatively drop us a mail or message or call us on +49 4182 291312 and we’ll help you out.