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I've always said if you're worrying about your gear, you have the wrong gear. Here in the Tackle Bag I'll review some of the equipment I use that I have found adds to my experience on the water. If you need more information on a particular piece of gear, please call me at the shop. You can also sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page to get notices about new Tackle Bag posts.

Airflo's F.I.S.T. Skagit Head

Joel La Follette - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Airflo released a new Skagit line this week that combines floating, intermediate and sink-tip into one head. Called the F.I.S.T. for Floating, Intermediate, Sink-tip (clever) this Skagit style head is perfect for slowing down your swing when conditions require it. I had the chance to fish this line a few times this fall and winter with Brian Silvey on the Deschutes and Sandy rivers. Brian helped Tim Rajeff with the development and field testing of this new line. My first thought was "just what the world needs, another Skagit head," but soon I saw the potential. I found it very easy to cast and control compared to a full sinking head. The FIST isn't really about getting deeper, it's about controlling the fly in faster water or when colder temps have fish less enthusiastic about moving. With a bright green floating section I found the FIST very easy to see in low light and it mended well. The real magic happens as the intermediate and type-3 tip dig in to slow down the swing of your fly across the current. In some cases I found I could hold the fly in a soft seam for an eternity. The FIST is the perfect platform for your favorite 10' tip. I used T-10 and found that combination cast and fished quite well in the conditions we encountered that day. I even managed to score a nice fish on the FIST. While sink-tip season is slowly slipping away, you may find the FIST a perfect addition to your Spey line wallet. Sizes run from 450 grains to 720 grains.  Available now on our website.

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