I just drove down on SH1 to the big river mouth spot again to take some more skagit casting practice.
What I found in my skagit casting yesterday was I needed more practice for my weak side(over my left shoulder side) casting, in contrast, my right side casting was reasonably good. I have to admit that I'm still a lot weaker at this side with skagit casting actually.
So, I intended to focus on my week side practice today.
High tide at start fishig and outgoing tide will start to flow out soon.
After an hour from the start, a brownie took my swinging fly.
Another OK one. The colour was not a typical sea-runner colour, more like resident fish colour even though this brown was actually a sea-run fish because this water was completely tidal.
I just kept casting and casting, however I got no bite after the first catch.
And for the last hour, I totally concentrated on my weak side practice, and I thought I kind of found out what was wrong or what I needed to change in my weak side casting.
I think I need a lot more practice to equalize my skagit casitng at either side regarding casting distance, line speed and shape of the loop.
Anyway, this weekend, because I got a new skagit head, I wanted to fit it to my rod to see how. The main purpose of my fishing was like testing the new fly line. But I somehow found something else that was how fantastic my Sage ONE 7126-4 was!!
It has been two years since I bought this rod and I was using Rio Scandi Short Vesi-tip 485gr before I started skagit casting. The rod is really light in hand, actually weighs only 6 3/8oz, so you never feel like handling a 12'6" spey rod, just like a bit longer switch rod. And what's more, the butt diameter is smaller than that of my switch rod, Scott L2H 1106/4. For that reason, the ONE 7126-4 looks kind of delicate, not powerful, but when casting out 540gr skagit head you can surprisingly feel it has tons of power in its thin diameter butt section, which makes you fun to cast!
So, as a result, I truly realized Sage ONE 7126-4 was such a great spey rod afresh and felt that it had really superb potential.
Like the review in the article I mentioned here yesterday, it's light, powerful and fun. That's true. I totally agree with that!!