".... and more along the lines of throwing poly tips and smaller *lighter* flies."
Couple of thoughts on Skagit vs Scandi lines. The first will be shorter AND heavier than the Scandi for a given rod. The primary use of he skagit line is to toss 'sink tips.' And really big/heavy flies. This can be scaled back using sections of "T" this or that (8, 11, etc). But the basic idea is still the same: You have a very heavy short head that will 'rip a tip/fly' out of the water after a 'sustained water load.'
The Scandi will toss lighter tips or a floating head with a very long 'standard' leader, etc. Far more of a 'touch and go' cast.
But back to the question (and just my h/o here): If you're new to the game, go Scandi as it has a far shorter 'learning curve' than a Skagit. For context, if I'm teaching someone how to cast a 2-hander the absolute
last thing I'd hand him is a rod loaded with a Skagit head.
A Scandi with a straight leader on the end ..... 85% of the time. Second pass will be a 45 - 55 foot full floater (rod length will drive the choice) matched to the same (rod/s). The first will get him casting, the full mid-belly will greatly improve his tic-nuek and timing.
And so on.......
Bye the bye, Bu builds a good rod if 'price point' is an object.