Boy, I was on the Yakima yesterday and the rod you describe would have been absolutely perfect. For the Yakima I always use my 5 wt Sage single-hander. However, because back-cast room is limited on much of the river (esp. if you're a wader, like me) I almost always find myself spey casting with the single-hander.
Now, spey casting with a single-hander works very well for me and I can spey-cast almost as far as using an overhead cast with a single-haul. But, I would really like the additional 3 ft for more distance - Especially important for nymphing and swinging. I don't see the extra distance having any advantage for dry fly fishing, tho'.
Also, a 5 wt, 12 footer might be a beautiful summer run rod.
I would really like to try one out. If you do try one out, please let us know what you think.
I use a Scott 11'9" 6wt two-hander for summer run steelhead locally and in the Yakima and Henry's Fork, particularly the Box Canyon, for throwing stims and other big dries into the midriver seams over rock gardens. I have found the lightweight speys to be perfect for this. And if the river is high, the advantages are really obvious. Also, a lightweight two-hander is perfect for soft-hackling for trout especially when you grease-line.
>I use a Scott 11'9" 6wt two-hander for SUMMER RUN
>STEELHEAD locally and in the YAKIMA and HENRY'S FORK,
>particularly the BOX CANYON, for throwing STIMS and
>other BIG DRIES INTO THE MIDRIVER SEAMS over ROCK
>GARDENS. I have found the lightweight speys to be
>perfect for this. And if the river is high, the
>advantages are really obvious. Also, a LIGHTWEIGHT
>TWO-HANDER is perfect for SOFT-HACKLING for TROUT
>especially when you GREASE-LINE.
OOOOOOOooooohhhhh, I love it when you talk dirty... }(
AAAaaaarggghhh, I've been too long on the river. I have no life. Must get one.
The Scott 11'9" 6wt two-hander is an excellent summer run steelhead I have used it for Stonefly time on the Flathead and Hopper time on the Yellowstone.
Makes an excellent Rainbow rod for Alaska also
I am ready fot the Sage "5" have a number of uses for it.
Mainly the mid sized river trouting and fishing a long and tumbling nymph.
May be just right for Browns on the Clarksfork also and Rockcreek duing the highwater.