For example, if you own a Sage ONE 8136-4 (13’6” rod for an 8-weight), choose the RIO Scandi in 520 grains (“B” rating) not the RIO Scandi in 480 grains (“A” rating). With a little practice, you should be able to make the four primary spey casts (c-spey, double spey, snake roll, single spey) with just one line: The RIO Scandi in 520 grains. This particular combination of rod and line provides maximum versatility for surface or near-surface presentations whether you’re traveling to Quebec in late June or British Columbia in early September.
If you use primarily skagit-style casts (c-spey, skagit-style double spey), you can also use the RIO Scandi as a floating skagit head. Selecting the right weight for your preferred style is important. You might try the RIO Scandi at 540 grains with the Sage ONE 8136-4, if you wish to duplicate the deeper load and the timing you enjoy with a Skagit line and a RIO MOW tip.
I use the RIO Scandi 520 grains (38 feet) on the Sage ONE 8136-4 when using a 15-foot (or longer) monofilament leader. The slightly longer head has a few more grains to make up for the absence of a Versileader. I also use the longer length of line to help “grab my anchor” for touch-and-go casts (snake roll, single spey). In spey-casting terms, I use more of the fly line to form the anchor when using the longer head with a monofilament leader. When casting the shorter head (510 grains at 34 feet), I use less of the fly line to form the anchor due to the additional weight and the extra “stick” of a sinking VersiLeader.
ConnectCore technology (i.e. ultra-low-stretch core fly lines) makes a very real difference when swing fishing. ConnectCore technology almost certainly improves loop formation, but its real benefits come from improved sensitivity when a steelhead or a salmon takes the fly. As there is far less stretch in the RIO Scandi (as compared to standard fly lines), you feel the fish more quickly. This feature is particularly important with sinking lines, where “feeling” and “touch” are important benefits for fish you can’t see.
ConnectCore technology is equally useful with floating lines when the fish are simply stopping a waking fly or a hitched fly in the current. These fish may not hold on to the fly for very long. When you decide to set the hook, you want a fly line that complies. Once you get used to the technology, it’s tough to go back to standard fly lines. As the name implies, you feel connected to your fish. If the tug truly is the drug, ultra-low-stretch fly lines deliver adrenaline in carefully measured doses
If you’re looking for maximum fun up on top with your two-hander, attach the new RIO Scandi to the shooting line on your reel. Keep your fly in the water, and don’t forget to send the good folks at RIO Products a photo of a fish you caught on the new RIO Scandi.