I encountered a couple of situations with the new spey rod Saturday on Hood River that made me wish I had my single hander instead. Is there a strategy? I was fishing a deep slot below the UP RR bridge, swinging a bulky fly on a sink tip. It was going all right until I got downstream to where the strong current is pushed 80 to 90 feet away from me and goes deep as it hits the bridge abutment on the far side, but is separated from me by 30 or 40 feet of deep absolutely slack water, even a bit of back eddy. The sink tip would fish through the deep current slot fine but at the end of the swing it would just drop out to the bottom in the slack water, impossible to lift and sweep and sometimes snagging on the bottom. The only thing I could do was to strip it in and work it back out, but the loops in the Rio multi tip line would hang up and if I tried to lay the line out to spey it, it would quickly sink and I couldn't roll it very far if the small amount of line I managed to get out. The farther I got down into this slack water, the worse it got, until there was no way I could reach the holding water with the short casts I could manage. With my single hander, I just strip in , a little faster than normal so it doesn't hook up, pump a false cast and shoot. Caught a fish here last year. What can I do, cast overhead with the two handed rod? The other situation I found difficult was fishing the "Long Hole" above the pipeline bridge. This hole is a favorite of fly guys, but is challenging because of the tree lined banks. I always thought that spey casting would be just the ticket on this hole. But fishing the east bank, I found the overhanging limbs were a big problem. The 13.5 ft. rod was sticking right up in the branches. It's a steep bank and you can't wade out very far. The best I could do was to put on a floating tip and flip a nymph and indicator one handed about 30 ft., parallel to the bank. I thought the water color and level were just about perfect last weekend, but no one, fly and bait casters alike, were catching anything. The previous weekend was good for baitcasters, but too muddy for flys.