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  1. Are you using a spey line? Sink tips have more mass, generally level, and are the choice for getting flies (and bigger flies) down quickly. Poly leaders are tapered and have less mass. Good for smaller flies and stealth but can get the fly down too. If you are not using a line designed to use spey sink tips you might have some difficulty casting. Poly leaders, on the other hand, can be used on spey and non-spey lines without increasing the overall line weight considerably. I use poly leaders on weight forward lines (fresh water). They essentially turn a floating line into a sink tip line and they work really well for streamer fishing.
  2. RedGreen.... Thank you! I have used the Chocklett big game shanks and the thinner fish-skull shanks, 35-40mm (1 1/2" or so). I have to file the fish skull a bit to get it to fit the thicker big game shank. The thinner shanks work just as well (no filing). For colors I pretty much stick with olive, black, and burnt orange. Some are single color, some two, and some with all of the above. I honestly think any color or any combination of colors will work. Zero flash except sili legs if I remember to add them. Squish
  3. I use this rig.....the trailer can be your emerger and it can be easily adjusted up or down the tippet to vary the depth. Use a heavily weighted nymph as the point fly (you can also tie a knot at the end of the tippet and use split shot if you don't want to sacrifice nymphs). If you are not tapping bottom or hanging up occasionally you are not deep enough. Losing nymphs to snags is part of the game.
  4. Right on the bottom near rocks, rockpiles, and along jetties.
  5. 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..
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Plan-D boxes are really nice.....a bit spendy but worth it in my opinion.
  9. I think your tempting fate by only using 20# backing.....unless of course your tippet is lighter than that
  10. Daiichi 2546's are excellent. A bit stouter than Gama SS15 and razor sharp.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.