5/6 Wt Question

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Pete Davis, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. Pete Davis New Member

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    Lexington, VA.
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    I am a newbie to the spey concept. However, I am Scottish to the core. Need to try it. As weird as this sounds, I am considering trying a light spey outfit for resident trout and smallmouth here in Virginia on our larger rivers. My question is:
    Is is possible to find a good spey outfit that will operate with a 5/6 wt line???
    Who makes them?
    I can tell you that nobody has tried this around here. I think it could add a twist and cover more water.
    All thoughts appreciated!
  2. FLGator Member

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    Several on the market that would fit your needs:

    Loomis 13' 4" Metolius 5/6
    CND Speytracker 12' 2"
    Bob Meiser's 11 1/2 - 13' 4/5/6
    TFO 11' 5wt
    Gary Anderson 1204
    Beulah Switch Rods

    Get a hold of the Red Shed Fly Shop in Peck, ID and ask Mike to send you one for a test drive.
  3. Panhandle Active Member

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    Scroll down, I just started a thread on the same subject for the same reason and got a lot of helpful responses. I just tested the Snowbee (from Poppy @ Red Shed) and liked it. It turned over tips and heavy weighted flies without folding, which is what I was looking for. I still want to try out the Meiser.
  4. Salmo_g Active Member

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    I have and love a CND Spey Tracker that I use with a 6 wt short head
    (~ 48') Spey line.
  5. Hal Eckert Member

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    West GLs
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    Doews Snowbee now have a 5/6 wgt trout spey, I have the Torridge 6/7 12 footer, sweet rod, but a little too much power for most trout rivers and fish below 20 inches I think.

    No one mentioned the Sage 5120 12 foot 5 wgt spey rod I see. The first one in this light spey category 4 years ago.


  6. mjyp New Member

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    corn country illinois
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    not true, Meiser had an 11' 7" light spey back then, preety sweet little stick
  7. Jason Hartwick If it ain't on the swing, it don't mean a thing!

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    I have an Anderson 1204, 12 foot 4 weight that is awesome for trout and small steelhead. It is a little closer to a 5 weight spey. I think this could be a great rod for trout and smallmouth bass. For tips i have a windcutter 5/6 and for a full floater i have a hardy mach 1 8/9 wt single hand salmon line. Just my 2 cents worth.

    Jason Hartwick
  8. Steve Buckner Mother Nature's Son

    I've cast the Sage 5120 and the Bob Meiser 11 1/2 4/5/6. Both were nice rods withe the Meiser rod being a little faster than the Sage. Of the two, I definitely found the Meiser to be the nicer rod. Both were outfitted with rio windcutter lines. Because the rods are relatively light and short, the windcutter line worked well.

    The Sage 6126 is also a great rod, and would certainly be worth investigating as well. That said, I'm not sure if the 6126 is still made.
  9. Panhandle Active Member

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    Does CND have a homepage?
  10. Steve Buckner Mother Nature's Son

  11. Panhandle Active Member

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    Thanks again!
  12. BDD Active Member

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    Scott also makes a 6 weight rod in their LS2 series. They also offered a 5 weight rod under their special classics section but I don't know if they are currently offering them.
  13. Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    Mr. Davis,
    As you can see there are a great many choices in smaller two handers, all across the price spectrum. All of the rods mentioned are great choices. However it should be noted that with spey casting as with many things in life "one man's magic stick is another man's clunker. The very best way to find out if this "will work for you" is to test drive something on your home waters.
    There are some closet spey casters in the SE USA. I have sent several rods down there for people to test drive and to purchase.
  14. halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    Vancouver, WA, USA.
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    I wouldn't know about closet spey casters in the SE USA though they must have very big closets:p But I do know that the SE USA has a good number of Atlantic salmon fishermen who trek to eastern Canada each year:D