An increasing proportion of our winter steelhead fishing these days involves the use of two hand rods (spey or switch rods). Where winter steelhead fishing is concerned, the use of a Skagit style head and sink tip is the most common line combination we fish in winter. The Skagit head and sink tip are well suited to cast large flies, weighted flies, and water-resistant flies.
This post is intended to remind folks that there are three sources of very good sink tips that you may fish on any brand of Skagit line. These include sink tips by RIO, AIRFLO, and OPST (Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics). RIO and Airflo have been in the sink tip game for many years — OPST is a recent entrant into the sink tip producers ranks, but the folks at OPST (including Ed Ward) are well respected experts at Skagit style casting and swinging flies for steelhead and salmon.
I will note that RIO and AIRFLO offer an extensive range of sink tips in addition to the example shown in this article. I’m hoping simply to start the conversation about sink tips for Skagit head fly lines by noting that you may be confident selecting a tip offered by all three of these manufacturers, regardless of whether you fish with a Skagit head manufactured by RIO, AIRFLO, or OPST.
The staff at the Caddis Fly Shop will be pleased to help you select a sink tip for use with your Skagit Head fly line set-up. Hopefully, this article will reassure you that it is perfectly reasonable to mix and match product manufacturers as you purchase additional sink tips.
Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17