The Deliverance Spey Line Kit from Scientific Anglers is a bit of a challenge to describe. That’s because the line is thoughtfully designed and, frankly, ahead of its time.
Here it goes – the Deliverance Spey Line Kit includes a head and four interchangeable tips. The head is short. Much shorter than most Skagit heads on the market. That’s because it is only a partial head. The front portion of the head is built into each of the four tips that are included:
- 13′ of T12
- 10′ of T12
- 6′ of T12
- Full floating
The full floating tip will of course cover surface or near surface presentations, while the 6′, 10′, and 13′ of T12 will cover just about any sink tip application you will encounter, with the exception of extremely heavy flows when a sinking Skagit head and T14 or T17 might be the best option.
The tips were designed based on the principle that the shorter your sink tip is the longer the overall head length needs to be in order to have a consistent anchor when casting.
Therefore the front portion of the Skagit head that is built in to each of the tips varies in length. The longer sink tip has a shorter section of floating head built in to it. The length of the floating head that is built into each tip increases as the sinking portion of the tip decreases.
Where things get interesting with the Deliverance is the variance in taper in the complete head when each of the four tips are attached. The front portion of the head that is built in to each of the four tips not only varies in length, but the taper also changes to best accommodate the length and weight of the tip. So, when the 13′ T12 sink tip is attached the overall head is short, thick, and aggressively tapered. The length and taper of the head becomes gradually longer with the 10′ and 6′ sink tips, and when the full floating tip is attached the overall length of the head is significantly longer and the taper is much finer, resembling a Scandi head more than a Skagit head.
The Deliverance Spey Line Kit is marketed as a good choice for beginning anglers because it takes a lot of the guess work out of head and sink tip selection. While this is a convenient feature, it certainly is not just a beginner’s line. It casts as well as any modular Skagit head, and the variance in length and taper is finely tuned and optimized for each of the tips it comes with. The system is very intuitive. The only drawback, however, is that the Deliverance Spey Line Kit is proprietary and you’ll need to use the tips it comes with.
Understanding the head length and grain weight of the Deliverance Spey Line Kit: The length of the head varies with each tip, so each of the Deliverance Spey Line Kit sizes are assigned an average head length that includes the sinking portion of each tip. The grain weight of the head also varies with each tip, so to simplify balancing the line with a rod each of the Deliverance sizes have been assigned an equivalent Skagit head weight. So if you fish a 520 grain Skagit head on a particular rod, go with the 520 grain Deliverance.
Leaders to use with the Deliverance Spey Line Kit tips: When choosing the right leader for each of the tips, we recommend a standard 3 to 4 feet of Maxima Ultragreen for the sinking tips (whatever you would use on a normal sink tip) and a 15 foot monofilament leader or poly leader for the full floating tip (what you would use for a leader on a Scandi head).