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  1. Third Coast was a brief replacement for Skagit Extreme (my line of choice). Not sure why it didn't last long (I've never used it). The new Freightliner is the same as the Extreme except for color and (supposedly) stronger loops. Either way, any of the SA Skagits would be my first choice. As Killie mentioned, keep your eyes out for discounted SA Skagit Extreme, and I'm sure you could find Third Coast on the cheap too..
  2. Yes....skagit heads require tips. They are essentially an incomplete line without. It will lay out much better, though never as mooth as a WF or scandi so don't expect that. The tip connects to the head and the leader to the tip. For 420 grains you could use 85 to 100 grains, but not heavier. I should think 85 grains would be your best bet with a 420 grain head, so this will put the total weight at 505 grains. RIO replacement tips are very good. You can get 10 footers in 85 and 95 grains (floaters to fast sinking). You could also get the 15 foot tips and cut them back to whatever length and weight you need. If 420 works, you will need a lighter head and match it to a tip so your total weight (head and tip) equals roughly 420 (give or take) Hope this helps.
  3. Zero overhang.....before ditching the line try this: bring the head into the rod guides a foot or two and then make your cast. The rear portion of the head will shoot through the guides (don't fear the rattling!). This will get you by until you dial in the best line weight for you. And....you need to add a tip to all skagit lines...floaters included.
  4. Plan-D boxes are really nice.....a bit spendy but worth it in my opinion.
  5. I think your tempting fate by only using 20# backing.....unless of course your tippet is lighter than that
  6. Daiichi 2546's are excellent. A bit stouter than Gama SS15 and razor sharp.
  7. I still use a Caddis belly boat I bought back in the 80's. Inexpensive and very durable. I have used it in just about every environment, fresh and salt (except fast moving rivers). The truck tire inner tube is the original and has never be punctured or lost air. I would buy another without hesitation.
  8. Wulff Ambush w/clear int. head. Don't think it's possible to make a fast sink clear......at least I haven't found one yet.
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  10. Don't know the conditions you'll be fishing in, but you can't go wrong with a Beulah in any weight. They are excellent rods.
  11. Don't strip more off the reel than you want to shoot. Berkley Big Game 40# solar collector works well and you get miles of it for short money. If you don't want to go the mono route, the SGS Elf running line is the best I've used (Meiser fly rod site)
  12. Midges (pupa/chironomids), midges, and more midges (#26-16). Any pattern. Mix them up. Fish two or three at a time, let sink and give a twitch or two. Short sink tip or floating line with poly/versileader. A floater with just a long leader works too. You want the flies to move upwards as if trying to get to the surface. Griffiths Gnat on top if midges are hatching. https://planettrout.wordpress.com/tag/midge-patterns/
  13. Early morning is best, and it is a beautiful place! I fish both western Ma and the harbor. When you have enough posts send me a PM and I'll fill you in on the harbor.