The casting method called "Skagit" originated in the early 1990's to describe an offshoot system of spey casting used by U.S. steelheaders on Washington State's Skagit River. It was developed to cast the relatively short shooting heads and sink-tip lines they used. The term "Skagit" describes a method of casting using a sustained anchor point rather than "touch'n-go" approach. The theory behind the Skagit cast is to use the drag of the water in a continual motion during the D-loop, carrying the load into the forward stroke. The guys that created this cast used this method to avoid putting further strain on their worn out bodies. Some of the more popular techniques used in the Skagit method have interesting nicknames... the Snap-T, the Circle Spey, the Skagit Doublelspey and the Perry Poke. Our name, "Dredger" helps describe the fishing method where anglers fish weighted flies and short belly sink-tips and shooting lines to scour the deep runs where salmon and steelhead hold. The casting stroke is precise and efficient, requiring the least D-loop space of all spey casting methods. The trick is to keep the fly in the zone as long as possible and then extend the cast a few feet and start the process all over again. Once you've reached maximum casting range, you move downstream a ways and repeat the process. You can literally and effectively dissect a section of river in a very short time with this method. "Dredger" fly rods feature our legendary GLX performance with the finest components available. Nickel-titanium Recoil guides make the rods noticeably lighter and provide excellent shooting characteristics. Beautifully shaped species-cork handles have a special composite cork cap at each end to add to the look as well as the durability of the handle. Each aluminum reel seat is machined with our "yin-yang" cutout and has a beautiful ivory-style insert engraved with a classic spey fly graphic. There's a rod in this set to cover any challenge. Each of these 4-piece rods come in a soft, protective rod sock and travel case.
This is an extremely light rod for summer steelhead and small salmon. It handles a 450 to 475 grain Skagit line, plus the sink-tip. It casts well in light winds with small to medium weighted flies. You'll appreciate how effortlessly this rod covers the water from 50-90 feet. If the conditions are right you can loop on a floating tip and fish dry flies effectively with this rod.
A Brand New Fly Line, with a value up to $100, is included in this purchase as well. You decide which style and weight fly line works best for your needs. Choose from Airflo Rio, Scientific Anglers, Cortland or Wulff.