Skagit line for Shakey

Johnfisher

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Hi all. Just started Salmon and ST fishing this year. I bought a Shakespeare 11ft 8/9wt switch rod. Have bought running line and a Maxcatch shooting head at 24ft 600grain after reading this would match the rod elsewhere. I have since read on older posts in here advising 450grain for the same rod. Any advice on what grain shooting head I need. PS will be skagit casting. Cheers in advance.
 

Jock

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No experience of the Maxcatch shooting head although at 24' it is more skagit length than shooting head. Plenty of experience of the rod and 600 is too heavy. I mostly use a 7/8 switch line on the rod which is 27g over 33' It can handle both lighter and heavier lines. I'd be looking at between 350 to 450 skagit wise. Below is a link to me trying out various cheaper lines on the rod a few years back. Don't remember trying a skagit on it but it does skagit type casts easy enough. Do you really want/need a skagit line for this rod?

 
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Johnfisher

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I thought I needed a Skagit line as some spots have no back cast area due to trees but looking at your vid you don't have a back cast. It's all new to me so happy for any advice. I did also buy a 450grain maxcatch skagit head so will try that. Might look into a 7/8wt barrio switch too.
 
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Gosling

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The barrio 7/8 switch is supposed to be good on this rod. I have the Shakespeare switch line on it and it’s very good. The other alternative is the airflo switch I think they are £25 in Glasgow angling but I don,t know if they go up to that weight.
 
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