If you infrequently chase Steelhead with a two handed (Spey) rod then you may not totally understand all the talk about Skagit’s, Scandi’s, Shoot Heads, T this & that. Also, different manufacturers put their own labels to the same basic designs their competitors have so the nomenclature becomes further mixed up in your head.

So, I found these three vid’s helpful in explaining the basic concepts of the various lines and the set up. Now pay particular attention as there will be a test! Don’t fault the instructor’s style too much… watch them a few times and take some notes for when you walk into the shop for advice. Don’t be surprised if things have evolved further, but know these basics to evolve from down the river….. 

GEORGE COOK & SINK TIPS @ DENEKI

TIM RAJEFF & AIR FLO SPEY HEADS

JAY NICHOLAS ON SKAGIT & SCANDI LINES @ CADDIS FLY SHOP