Mike Kinney's Deer Creek Series Line Recommendations

Deer Creek Switch Rods

Model Remarks from Mike Line Recommendation

4 Wt.

Trout and single hand spey.

Scandi: Rio AFS 4/5

Skagit: SA ST-5 <> Tips to +-85 grains

Short Belly Spey: CND 4/5

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 7/8

5 Wt.

Trout, small steelhead and salmon. Single hand spey.

Scandi: Rio AFS 5/6

Skagit: Rio 350 or SA ST-6 or ST-7 <> Tips to +-100 grains

Short Belly Spey: 5/6 CND

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 8/9

6 Wt.

Large trout, salmon and steelhead. Spey and overhead.

Scandi: Rio AFS 6/7

Skagit: Airflo Skagit Compact 420 <> Tips to +-115 grains

Short Belly Spey: Delta 6/7

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 10

7 Wt.

Large trout, salmon and steelhead. Spey and overhead.

Scandi: Rio AFS 7/8

Skagit: Airflo Skagit Compact 450/480 <> Tips to +-130 grains

Short belly Spey: Delta 6/7

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 11

8 Wt.

Steelhead and salmon. Small saltwater species. Spey and overhead.

Scandi: Rio AFS 8/9

Skagit: Airflo Skagit Compact 510/540 <> Tips to +- 145 grains

Short Belly Spey: Delta 7/8

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 12

9 Wt.

Large salmon and saltwater. Spey and overhead.

Scandi: Rio AFS 9/10

Skagit: Airflo Compact Skagit 570/600

Short Belly Spey: Delta 8/9

Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 12

Deer Creek Spey Rods

Model Remarks from Mike Line Recommendation

TF 5/6 126 4 DC

(5/6 Wt. 4 pc. 12’6”)

Designed for trout and small steelhead, swinging small wet flies.

Skagit: 400/450 with tips to 150 grains
Rio Skagit 400/450, Airflo Skagit 6/7

Short Belly Spey with tips:
Airflo Delta Spey 6/7, CND GP 5/6 or 6/7 for deep loading, Rio Power Spey 5/6 or 6/7 for deep loading

Scandi:
350 to 400 grains <> Head length 30 to 32 feet

TF 7/8 130 4 DC

(7/8 Wt. 4 pc. 13’)

Standard Puget Sound
summer and winter wet and dry flies.

Skagit: 500/550 with tips to 200 grains
Rio Skagit 500/550, Airflo Skagit 7/8

Short Belly Spey with tips:
Airflo Delta Spey 7/8

Mid Length Spey with tips:
Airflo 7/8 Delta Long, Rio Power Spey 7/8, CND GP 7/8 or 8/9 for deep loading

Scandi:
450 to 500 grains <> Head length 32 to 34 feet

TF 8/9 136 4 DC

(8/9 Wt. 4 pc. 13’6”)

Heavy sink tips winter Skagit and longer belly floating lines.

Skagit: 600/650 with tips to 250 grains
Rio Skagit 600/650, Airflo Skagit 8/9

Short belly Spey with tips:
Airflo 8/9

Mid to Long Belly Spey with tips:
Airflo Delta Long 8/9, CND GP 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading, Rio Power Spey for 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading

Scandi:
500 to 550 grains <> Head length 34 to 36 feet

TF 8/9 150 4 DC

(8/9 Wt. 4 pc. 15’)

Standard long line summer rod.

Skagit: 550 to 600 with tips to 200 grains
Rio Skagit 550/600, Airflo Skagit 7/8

Short Belly Speys with tips:
Airflo 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading

Mid to Long Belly Spey Lines with tips:
Airflo Delta Long 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading, CND GP 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading


Rio Power Spey 8/9 or 9/10 for deep loading

Scandi:
500 to 550 <> Head length 38 to 40 feet

TF 9/10 140 4 DC

(9/10 Wt. 4 pc. 14’)

Big fish big lines. Wet or dry lines. (king salmon)

Skagit: 650/750 with tips 250 grains plus
Rio: 650/750, Airflo 9/10

Short Belly Speys with tips:
Airflo 9/10

Mid to Long Belly Speys with tips:
Airflo Delta Long 9/10, CND GP 9/10 or 10/11 for deep loading, Rio Power Spey 9/10 or 10/11 for deep loading

Scandi:
600 to 650 <> Head length 36 to 38 feet