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Graham Hill

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I was watching a new (new this week!) Peter Charles video...hooked4life.ca...whereupon he was saying that we could use an Airflo Skagit Switch head as the basis for a Scandi head system.  He was using a 390 grain 19' Skagit Switch head and 109 grain 15' tips on an 8 weight two hander and it seemed to work very well.  Charles has put out several videos with the theme of using what you already have in your tackle bag for an entirely different purpose.  Very thrifty, very Scottish.  I don't have any switch heads, so off to the internet I go.  The head that Charles is using is a discontinued line!  Airflo now sells Generation 2 Skagit Switch heads starting at 480 grains, Rage heads, Scout heads...all of which I know nothing about.  So what would be the equivalent of a 390 grain Skagit Switch in modern lines?  Another Airflo model?  Another maker's product?  Anyone out there able to help me with this question?  Thanks in advance, Graham.
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The Gen 2 Skagit Switch is the equivalent to the original. They just aren't making them lighter than 480 now.

The reason Peter is using a 390 is because with the addition of the tip it makes a head that balances with the rod he is using. Someone using a different rod weight might very well want a Skagit Switch head that is heavier or lighter than 390.

A 390 Skagit Scout is a couple feet shorter but would conceivably work alright, although it is an integrated line.

Many casters in the Scandinavian counties and some anglers in the US have been doing something similar to this method for several years. They were taking Skagit heads several sizes to light for their rods, adding whatever tips and casting them with touch and go casts.





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Thanks for the information!  I mentioned the 390 grain Skagit Switch because I would be using the head and tip combination on an 8 weight rod also.
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Found a used one of these, and when it arrives, I will give it a toss and report back if anyone is interested.
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I received a line from the fellow on WFF, but it isn't a 19 foot  Skagit Switch 390.  A wee bit of a mystery...Definitely an Airflo, weighs 360 grains, measures 22.5 feet, front loop is pale yellow.  Could this be an early Skagit Compact 360?
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What color?
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Skagit Compact Minty Green
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So if the grains are right why not give it a try? Many people have been scandi casting light skagit heads several years now.
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I did not know that, Mike.  Not a Skagit guy so far...and not a bad suggestion!  I will give it a toss.  And I figured out the mystery line ID...I knew all those years I spent in grade 6 would pay off someday...after swatting the flies off my composting brain, I realized that the Airflo color chart from the Baltic Fly Fishers website refers to the color of the welded section preceding the pale yellow front loop...BFF says the 360 grain Skagit Compact is 22.5 feet long and it has a grey tip...bingo!
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