Rediscovering Trout Fishing with OPST Commando Heads

There are many reasons to fish a single hand rod with a Commando Head, but for many, it's all about rediscovering the joys of trout fishing. It's easy to get bogged down in technicalities when fly fishing. Soon your boxes overflow with flies so tiny they'd fit through mosquito netting, and your rigs might turn into tangled masses of split shot and bobbers. When fishing an OPST Commando Head fishing for trout, you get a tight-line grab just as you would with steelhead. It's that grab, the jolting yank, that is where the magic is for so many. Add to that the fun, power, easy distance and variety of casts possible and it's easy to see why single hand Skagit is growing more and more popular. Check out this video showcasing why OPST Commando Heads are so much fun for trout. Many of these casts are made on a 7'6" 3 weight with a 150 grain Commando Head. The remainder are made with a 200 grain Commando Head on a 9 foot 5 weight, and a 175 grain OPST Commando Head on a 7'6" 4 weight Fiberglass rod. Most of these casts are made with 5 foot OPST Micro Tips, but watch for some of the casts with our new Commando Floating Tips as well. For sinking and floating presentations, there is an Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics Commando Tip that fits most trout fly fishing situations.

The casting alone is reason enough to take up this style of fishing. But there are many fishing advantages of this system as well:

  1. You can fish large flies on light rods. Streamer fishing no longer requires overhead casting on a 6 or 7 weight rod. Accomplish the same casts with the same flies on 4 and 5 weight rods.
  2. You can cast almost anywhere. Fish like to live in places that are hard to access. High banks, overhanging trees and brush all come to mind. With a Commando Head you need practically zero back cast room to make a successful cast. What this means is that almost the entire river is opened up to you when trout fishing with a Commando Head.
  3. No need to false cast. With an OPST Commando Head you can make a water-loaded roll or Skagit cast without having to aerialize a bunch of line and a heavy fly. This makes this form of casting safer, as well as easier on your body, than a conventional fly cast.
  4. As you can see in the video above, a variety of casts- from overhead casts to roll casts to Perry Poke and Snap T Skagit casts, to underhand casts and snake rolls- are all possible with Commando Heads. This makes things more fun, and it also gives you options if you are struggling with one form of cast.

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