Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gear Review - Scandi Short VersiTip

Ever since the couple days steelhead trip to Michigan last month using the Scott Fly Rod Company Fiberhammer, I've fielded several emails and comments online asking what line I used on it.  As the trip neared I was able to get a demo from RIO Products of their recently released Scandi Short VersiTip system which I found paired perfectly on the Fiberhammer in the #7 line size which has a head weight of 425 grains.

The Setup

Anyone who has spent time on the Pere Marquette will know that the river is not all that wide and the Fiberhammer, with this line setup, was perfect for poking short two hander style casts across the river and swinging flies downstream.  The Scandi Short VersiTip was made for Great Lakes streams and tight casting situations and performed just as it should. 

Proof That It Works
The Scandi Short VersiTip system includes a 33 foot head and four ten foot in length floating, intermediate, Type 3 and Type 6 tips to cover most angling situations.  For the Michigan trip I used the Type 6 head and a weighted spey style flies and found that this worked well for the somewhat high and stained water that we fished.

If you missed the trip dispatches check out these posts...


RIO Scandi Short VersiTip Fly Line from Sol Duc Buck on Vimeo.

This Scandi Short VersiTip system will excel in the hands of those that fish switch and two handers on small to medium sized rivers and I expect to spend more time with this setup over the summer looking for stripers running the rivers here locally.  More field testing is needed and I am eagerly looking forward to it.

If you have questions about which RIO Products spey line will match your switch or two hander best, be sure to check out the Spey Line Recommendation page. 

Look for the RIO Products Scandi Short VersiTip system at your local fly shop or online.


tinman said...

The S.S.V.T. is the bomb! The 10' density compensated sink tips awesome. It will easily handle 8'-10' + of t8 or t11 also depending on head size/grain wt. Snappy tight loop Scandi feel yet with power.
Two hand over heads from shore/surf great = go lighter.

Cameron Mortenson said...

tinman...I figured you've give this post the thumbs up. This is a neat line system for sure.