New Skagit Heads from RIO Products

RIO Products New Skagit Shooting Head Offerings Utilize ConnectCore Technology

October 1, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, is thrilled to introduce three new additions to its Skagit Series of spey lines – Skagit Max, Max Short and iShort Shooting Heads.

RIO’s unique ConnectCore results in a fly line with only about six percent stretch as opposed to the standard 28-32 percent stretch. This ultra-low stretch makes a line much more dynamic to spey cast with helping anglers gain distance through more instinctive timing and better loading. It also enhances sensitivity to detect subtle takes, avoid snags when fishing deep and allows for fast, efficient hook sets.

The new Skagit Max Shooting Head is an easy-casting, ultra-powerful head that is ideal for casting big flies and heavy sink tips. The weight distribution deeply loads rods for long, powerful casts while the subtle taper design generates smooth, efficient loops. The Skagit Max is available from 425 grains through 750 grains in 25 grain increments and varies between 22 feet and 25 feet depending on the line size. The teal colored head features a hot orange rear loop that makes it easy for anglers to distinguish the rear end from the front end and is printed with all the head specifications.

Max Short heads are for anglers using shorter spey rods (sub 13 feet), switch rods or single-hand rods or when in tight casting situations. With all of the same features and color assets as the Skagit Max, the Max Short heads range between 17 feet and 20 feet in length and are available from 200 grains through 625 grains in 25 grain increments.

RIO’s Skagit iShort Shooting Head is a powerful intermediate head with a short floating back section that gives anglers deep, slow swings. It is designed for shorter spey rods (sub 13 feet), switch rods and single-handed rods and is targeted specifically to anglers casting large flies and fast sinking tips. The new iShort is available from 350 grains to 575 grains in 25 grain increments and varies between 18 feet and 21 feet in length depending on the size. The iShort has a clear camo intermediate section that is seamlessly integrated in to a pale orange floating section.

All these new Skagit heads have a MSRP of $54.95.

For more on RIO’s spey offerings and how to choose the best line, watch our “Choosing a Spey line” video.

About RIO Products:

RIO is a pioneer in developing fly lines, leaders and tippet material to enhance fly fishing experiences across the globe. Offering premium fly lines for both freshwater and saltwater fishing applications, RIO consistently utilizes field experience and scientific testing to create the best products on the market for anglers. Founded 20 years ago in the mountains of Idaho, RIO continues to develop innovative products, design revolutionary tapers and refine performance-driven fly line technologies. For more information about RIO Products, please visit Connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Vimeo.

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5 Responses to New Skagit Heads from RIO Products

  1. Emanuele Buranelli says:

    Hello my advice, I kindly ask you on what exact Skagit code should I use for my two two handed rods namely: Loomis Stinger GLX 15 ‘Ranks # 10/11 & 13’ # 8/9. I would use a floating Skagit line, then add any tips. Everything for fishing in Alaska and British Columbia the Steelhead, which tips I use according to you? Better Mow Mow 11 or 14? Given the choice, what are then the three tips with sink rate that I recommended and most used for steelhead to connect to the belly? These questions because I would go into the river with a single floating belly Skagit Line and 3max 4 tips only, nothing else. With the hope that you would like to answer as soon as possible regards.
    Emanuele Buranelli

    • rioproducts says:

      Hi Emanuele
      For the 15′ 10/11 I would go with the Skagit Max 725 grain, for the 13′ 8/9 575 is a good match. For tips the Heavy T-14 Mow’s will work just fine on both. The 3 tips I would start with are the floating, 5′ float/ 5′ sink, and 10′ sink.
      Hope this helps!

  2. Matt says:

    Hello, I’ve been looking into putting a skagit head on my single hand rod, which is a 8 weight, 9 foot rod (Sage 890-4), for the purpose of being able to spey cast. For a skagit max short head, what size head (grains) would you recommend?

  3. Hans says:

    Hi, I have a Zenith 4wt 9ft single hand and I want to try the Short Max, what grain weight should I get? thank you

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