*Attention : On some of the latest round of Commando heads the Attach to Running line tag is on wrong end. To Be Clear the Front end has the Line ID printing. We will be sure your Commando Head is shipped with clear instructions.
OPST Commando Skagit Shooting Heads
A 12' - 15' head!!! What in the world is this thing. This is exactly what we were thinking too. Then... we cast it. Then... we fished it. This is a GREAT line for trout spey or compact waters for several reasons. Here are things that jumped out at me.
Here is a shot of a fish hooked up while field testing the OPST Commando Head. We fished the 300 Grain Head on a
You can cast full 10' MOW tips on even the lightest trout spey. 10' of true sink tip (NOT a wimpy versileader) is so nice to have. They turn over big stuff way better than polyleaders. It allows you to use 2-4 weight switch rods and still fish big streamers. UPDATE! OPST Now offers 12' Commando Sink Tips specifically built for these heads!
Stripping line in. The shorter head helps you fish the end of the swing and strip it back up the seamline without bringing the "head/running line connection" into your guides. Mono running line casts way better than traditional fly line, but a lot of anglers don't like stripping in the connection. The problem with mono running line on a Scandi or full Skagit is that when you are trout spey fishing and want to strip retrieve you bump into the loop to loop connection pretty early in your retrieve. Then... bump bump bump the loop to loop goes back out as you shake the head back out to re-cast. With a super short head you simply strip up to the line junction, make your next cast. Shorter is better for this. 15' head works great.
Cast it anywhere. Brush behind you or whatever. Combined with a good shooting line it is easy to cast. Out of a boat... no problem! This applies more to trout anglers but it is so easy to cast you can throw it spey or overhead from the boat.
25' casts are real world casts. In both trout spey situations and tight steelhead situations a 25' cast is real. You need it, you need to be able to do it. Now you can fish the short inside seams and actually throw full speed and achieve good turnover. Winston Boron III-TH Micro Spey 4 Weight. It was a great match, combined with a 10' T-8 MOW Tip it trout fishes great. After a year of using this set up we have discovered that the 250 is a better fit. A 225 also works very well. - Most anglers, especially new spey casters, will likely prefer lines 25-50 grains heavier. Experienced casters will likely excel with the suggested weights but we caution you on note dipping below these numbers. *THIS CHART IS A GENERAL GUIDELINE
More DETAILED Guidelines for choosing the Correct Grain Weight
LINE CHART FOR OPST COMMANDO HEADS
This is super easy. Just find your rod weight, index the grain weight on the left and see the recommended sink tip or polyleader on the right. For further clarification, here's a link to a full chart for the heads for different rods:
OPST Commando Sink Tips
OPST now has 12' Sink Tips built specifically for these heads! Shop OPST Commando 12' Sink Tips
OPST's Commando Heads represent the culmination of decades of innovation in Skagit casting by Ed Ward and Jerry French. Ed and Jerry were at the forefront of the "Skagit Revolution", and they have been refining skagit fishing techniques ever since. These are remarkably efficient, easily casts and enjoyable for the simple reason that they are specifically designed for SAS (Sustained Anchor Systemology). The philosophy behind SAS is simple: The Skagit cast is a water base cast with the rod load coming from the tension between the water surface and the line. As Such a sustained anchor cast where the fly remains stationary until the final power stroke is the most efficient form of casting. Our lines are shorter than traditional skagit lines and perform exceedingly well with a continuous "out and around" casting stroke. There is no pause before the final stroke and the cast is one continuous motion. Pure Skagit lines take beginning casters and make them effective. They take experienced casters to a whole new universe of casting pleasure. Our Commando heads excel on conventional two hand "Spey" rods but are optimized for shorter switch rods from 10 -12 foot.
More Info From the Guys at OPST About the Commando Heads
But where these lines really get interesting is in single hand casting. We have taken two handed casting theory, traditionally associated with steelhead and salmon and applied it to the micro end of the spectrum. Now you can skagit cast and swing flies for everything from sea run cutthroat trout to smallmouth bass to panfish with rods as light as a 3 weight, and as short as 6 foot. The same principals of sustained anchor and water load apply. You can haul or not, back cast or not, roll cast, skagit cast, just about whatever you want to do, these lines will do it and they will fly off your rod tip.