Re: Scandi or skagit
I run the RIO skagit setup with the MOW tips. It allows me to select the depth I want to fish at and I actually benefit from having to strip in the line as well as the ability to chuck large flies. When you fish the Lower American River you will want to chuck a huge fly 50+ feet and have it sink like a stone. Plus, the long strip retrieve is great when you're striper fishing and the Steelhead don't mind a little bit of a hard slap on the water when they are down deep.
Its all about finding what works in the water you're fishing. When I go up to the high Sierras, I bring my little 3wt, I don't need a 13' rod when the stream is 5' wide and I need a delicate presentation.