Those anglers who fish almost exclusively with single-hand rods might feel a little left out when discussions turn to Spey and Skagit casts, but that shouldn’t be the case. In this great video, Fred Telleen of North 40 Fly Shop runs through a quick primer on how to rig your standard trout rod with a Skagit head and a sinking tip, which is a great set-up for streamer fishing on big water. From teh video description:
Skagit casting is a combination of Spey style casting techniques and short weighted Skagit shooting heads. While most traditional trout anglers envision Spey casting, they are likely to picture long two handed rods designed to target salmon and steelhead. While two handed rods have their roll on big rivers chasing large fish, single hand skagit lines have been developed to permit anglers to Spey cast with their standard length single hand fly rods.
Of course, these techniques may be a “gateway drug” to getting into two-handed rods, but that wouldn’t be such a bad thing, would it?