An Explanation of RIO MOW Tips:

The first Spey rods used for steelhead in the U.S. and Canada were either imported from the U.K., or were copies of rods developed in Great Britain. Most were 15' long. Using 15' sinking tips was normal with these long rods. The MOW Tip concept came about because as two-hand fly rods became popular in North America they became lighter in weight and shorter in length. Several astute steelhead guides noticed that many anglers using these newer, shorter rod designs had problems overcoming the "Bloody-L" from the sinking tip portion of the line while casting. It was also determined that a 15' long tip was not handy for fishing in many circumstances. The easiest solution was to shorten the sinking tip portion of the line.

Spey-Jedi Ed Ward was one of the first of an elite group of hardcore steelhead anglers that began utilizing shorter tips in the late 1990’s/ early 2000 period. Mike McCune and Scott O’Donnell had been using custom-made "cheaters" as length compensators for short T-14 tips on both the Oregon Coast and their Grande Ronde fall guide season. Over the course of the last 10 years, other folks had gotten onto this concept via the 3 Amigos allowing the Secret Society to build their own “chop-shop” product. This concept was needed to overcome the boomerang effect of casting 2.5’ to 7.5’ sink-tips that were attached directly to Skagit type heads.

The integrated floating portion of the RIO MOW Tips provide a buffer of smoothness making casting such short sinking tips feasible, smooth and effective.

One of the primary reasons for adherence to Skagit Casting principles is its unmatched versatility under a broad range of fishing applications. Not all good steelhead water is of a classic format. Indeed, some of the best water is anything but classic. One of the most difficult aspects confronting the sunken fly angler is developing the ability to see the imaginable third dimension that exists below the water surface and being able to adjust the length of the sinking tip to place the fly perfectly on the fish's level. MOW Tips enable each angler to make the necessary changes to fit the rod they are using, and the water they are fishing.

MOW Tips are looped at each end to facilitate changing tackle quickly. They combine casting and fishing ease with the ability to adapt to many fishing situations.


RIO InTouch MOW Tips are the second generation of MOW Tips, which have several advantages over the first. They are built on a non-stretch core so you can feel bites better, and they are laser engraved with identifying information, so you will have no questions about which tip you are fishing with.


MOW Tips come in four different weights: Extra Heavy, Heavy, Medium and Light. These weights are designed to integrate with certain sizes of Skagit Heads. Larger diameter tips also retain more energy to propel larger and heavier flies.

Extra Heavy
What RIO says: The Extra Heavy MOW Tips are the heaviest of the MOW series; built with T-17 for the sinking section and with a sink rate of nearly 10' per second, it really gets down when depth is needed. Each of the tips either have a gray floating section, or a gray loop for easy identification. These tips are ideal on the heavier Skagit lines of 675 grains and more.

Heavy
What RIO says: The Heavy MOW Tips featured T-14, with a sink rate of 9" per second, for the sinking material. Each of these tips has either a light blue floating section or a blue sleeve on one end for easy identification. The Heavy MOW Tip are designed for the heaviest of flies and are ideal for Skagit lines of 575 grains and more. There are six unique tips that make up the series.

From our experience: No doubt that T14 is a good match with 575-grain and heavier heads, but 10' and heavier heads can also be easily cast with 525-grain heads. T-14 is very popular for winter steelhead fishing and may be the most popular size for Alaskan Kings.

Medium
What RIO says: The Medium MOW Tips featured T-11, with a sink rate of 8" per second, for the sinking material. Each of these tips has either a light green floating section or a green sleeve on one end for easy identification. The Medium MOW Tip are designed for the heavily weighted flies and are ideal for Skagit lines between 475 and 575 grains. There are six unique tips that make up the series.

From our experience: T-11 is the most popular size of MOW Tips for steelhead fishing overall, and is an especially good match for heads from 525-grains and 550-grains.

Light
What RIO says: The Light MOW Tips featured T-8, with a sink rate of 7" per second, for the sinking material. Each of these tips has either a white floating section or a white sleeve on one end for easy identification. The Light MOW Tip are designed for the lightly weighted flies and are ideal for Skagit lines of 475 grains and less. There are six unique tips that make up the series.

From our experience: T-8 MOW tips is especially good for summer steelhead fishing and for use with lighter steelhead rods.


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