Use Skagit 'Max Shorts' on rods 11' to 13' in length
Use 'Skagit Max' heads on rods between 13' and 14'

  • Powerful front end to easily cast large flies and fast sinking tips
  • Ultra-low stretch core for the best in casting and fishing sensitivity
  • Complete series of heads 17' - 20' long
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    RIO Skagit Max Short Shooting Head

    RIO was the first to introduce the world to commercially made Skagit lines. Several generations with incremental improvements followed. RIO Skagit Max heads cast large flies and the fastest of sinking tips with exceptional ease. The unique weight distribution deeply loads rods for long, powerful casts, while the subtle taper design generates smooth, easy loops and long, long distances. These lines are built on RIO's ConnectCore with a more sensitive feel for detection of those cold water pluckers. The RIO Skagit Max is all about ease.

    RIO Skagit Max Short

    Smaller two hand rods are becoming more and more popular. We think it is because fly lines have become more efficient. It no longer takes large rods to throw large flies. The RIO Skagit Max Short is the perfect line for throwing larger flies with sinking tips and smaller rods. The Max Short can be used with single hand, switch, and shorter two-hand rods. Works best on rods 13' and under.

    RIO Skagit Max Short Heads range from 17'' to 20' in length, depending on grain-weight. Click the Specifications link for more info.

    For best performance, RIO recommends attaching the following head sizes to these shooting lines sizes:
    200 to 400 gr - .024"/.026" shooting line, or 25lb SlickShooter/GripShooter.
    400 to 550 gr - .030"/.032" shooting line, or 35lb SlickShooter/GripShooter.
    550 to 675 gr - .035"/.037" shooting line, or 44lb SlickShooter/GripShooter.
    675 gr and heavier - .040"/.042" shooting line, or 50lb SlickShooter/GripShooter.
    Size Rod Size Head Length
    200gr #2 17ft / 5.2m
    225gr #2/3 17ft / 5.2m
    250gr #3 17ft / 5.2m
    275gr #3/4
    20ft / 6.1m
    300gr #4 20ft / 6.1m
    325gr #4/5 20ft / 6.1m
    350gr
    #5 20ft / 6.1m
    375gr #5/6 20ft / 6.1m
    400gr #6 20ft / 6.1m
    425gr #6 20ft / 6.1m
    450gr #6/7 20ft / 6.1m
    475gr #7 20ft / 6.1m
    500gr #7 20ft / 6.1m
    525gr #7/8 20ft / 6.1m
    550gr #8 20ft / 6.1m
    575gr #8 20ft / 6.1m
    600gr #8/9 20ft / 6.1m
    625gr #9 20ft / 6.1m
    650gr #9 20ft / 6.1m