The Airflo Skagit Intermediate is a new concept in Skagit casting that will change the game of swinging flies for anadromous fish. By building a line with a short floating rear section coupled with an intermediate body, we took the ease of casting a Skagit head and combined it with the effectiveness of an intermediate Scandi. Although we designed it originally for steelhead anglers in the Great Lakes, it's quickly becoming a viable tool for West Coast steelhead and salmon, and Atlantic salmon fishing worldwide.
I use this line in the winter when the water is high and the surface water is fast - this line slows the swing down as it allows the link to get below the river's surface turbulence. It also allows your tip to get down deeper. - Jeff Layton
Try casting 15' of lead core on the end of your regular Spey line and you'll quickly find its not up to the job - enter the Skagit Compact. Skagit lines were originally developed by the Steelhead rats of the Pacific North West to get flies in front of fish regardless of environment. These short high power heads have the ability to make a cast in tight confined spaces, which often means the difference between success and failure. Perfected under the watchful eye of Tom Larimer, you can understand how excited we are about the Skagit Compact.
Tom guides the mighty rivers of Oregon and Washington, so required a series of lines that allowed his clients to quickly get the hang of fishing heavy level sink tips and big articulated flies. As with any line the shorter the head the more critical the weight. By refining the taper and length of the Skagit Compacts from 23 to 27 feet depending on head weight. We've created 15 models from 360 to 810 grains in 30 grain increments that ensure you'll be able to find the perfect match for your favourite rod. So, just add a running line, a sink tip and your good to go.
Product Use: Skagit Specific Heads for Controlled casting in Tight Spots
Line Size: 360-810 - (30 Grain Increments)
color: Mantis Green
Core Material: Low Stretch (6%) Braided Power Core
Seven densities in 5’ ,10’ and 14’ lengths to provide complete depth control, so often essential for Salmon / Steelhead fishing. Floating leaders work well when fishing Bombers, Slow and Fast sink leaders are perfect for avoiding drag with a floating line and the Extra Super Fast sinking leader gets the fly deep quickly.
Available in 5’, 10’, & 14’ lengths, X-strong in 10’ only
Sightfree G3 Fluorocarbon boasts even smaller diameters for every available pound-test. This Third Generation Fluorocarbon offers higher breaking-strain-to-diameter ratios. Unlike other small-diameter fluorocarbon line material, Sightfree G3 retains its integrity, which reduces the possibility of tangles. Sightfree sinks quickly and rarely needs to be degreased to help it through the water's surface tension. Like all genuine fluorocarbon, Sightfree is stiffer than standard monofilament, which helps turn over bulky flies and reduces tangles in windy conditions. 50m spool. Size: 12 lb
This is the 2nd version of the famous Airflo Skagit Compact shooting heads that emerged about 10-years ago and took their place as one of the most popular Skagit type heads ever produced. The original Skagit Compact is still very popular with many of the worlds most knowledgeable steelhead/salmon anglers and guides.
The new G2 (generation two) is a little shorter overall than its predecessor. It has a slightly longer rear taper so that an angler can leave a little more shooting line beyond the rod tip while casting. And because of the of this lengthened rear taper the head is a little more stable in flight. The front taper has also been lengthened slightly to increase flight time and to blend more seamlessly with Airflo's wildly popular Flo Tips. This head is two colored. The rear blue part of the line has more flotation built into it so that it is more controllable while on the water.
Many angler who are familiar with the older version of the Skagit Compact will find it hard to believe that it can be improved upon. These new heads are just beginning to arrive. That is why we only have a small range of sizes. So far our tests have disclosed that the new line performs very well