Rio Scandi Short Fly Line


This is our go to head here at the shop for light line fishing. Just over thirty feet, these heads are great for rods from 12'-13'6" especially when fishing lighter tips or floating leaders.

If you've never cast a Scandi line before, this is a good introduction because the shorter length (compared to 35-50' heads) creates a punchier taper that really generates power.

There's been some confusion out there about Scandi lines and sustained anchor casts like the Snap T and Double Spey.. Let's just put that to bed now; these lines cast line a dream with both the sustained anchor and touch-and-go casts.

With a rod around 12 feet, this head will cast just fine with a standard steelhead leader at 12 feet. If you're using a 12'6"-13'6" rod, just add three or four feet of Maxima to end of the leader for a total length near fifteen-seventeen feet. This will really help keep your anchor, especially if you're used to fishing a Skagit line and sink tip.

Lastly, these line do work well with lighter sink tips. The most applicable would be Rio's Light Scandi tips and they just cast light a dream. Your fly size will effect how these cast as well, so keep to size 3-7 traditionals either unweighted or lightly weighted. Casting Hoh Bos, Fish Tacos, OCDs and similarly unweighted shank flies is killer on these heads too.

It's also a really nice options for Trout Spey rods in the lighter weights, for fishing soft hackles and other emerger patterns up near the surface.