6/7 spey combo recommendations?

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  1. Nailknot

    Nailknot Active Member

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    I'm in the mood to spice things up with a new light spey outfit. Lots of new rods and lines on the market since I last was in the spey equipment purchase mood. Any recommendations of the newer light 5/6/7 spey rods, with matching reel/lines?
     
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    I'm looking at maybe getting the Echo classic 6126. Im not sure of the best line for it, but the Echo site recommends a delta spey or windcutter of about 500grams/ 50 feet of head.
    I have the CND Black Spey 13' 678 and like it a lot. The 5/6/7 Black spey is probably as sweet. CND will have a matching line.
    Meiser's 567 (I think that's the Highlander) looks like an impressive rod. His Highlanders are amazing rods. Ive casted other versions but not the 5/6/7. Highlander's seem to almost cast themsleves!
    Meiser's MKS 6/7 . MKS's are a lot of fun!! I've casted a couple of these with Mike Kinney showing me how!
    TFO's new Deer Creek series will be coming out soon! Im not sure they will have a 6/7 but I think there will be a 7/8.
    Beulah has an 11'6" 5/6/7 I know little about this rod. But The company credits Bob Meiser with the design and I've been told by many people that Beulah makes really great two handed rods. So it might be worth looking into.


    As far as lines go, ROn and Kristen at AATF seems to know more about matching lines to rods than just about anyone.
     
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    Nailknot,

    If you like to roll your own, give the Forecast 11.5' 6/7 some consideration. It's cheap and one of my favorite rods, especially for smaller rivers. I was using it again today. It's more of a 7 than a 6, and I throw dumbell eyed 2/0 shrimp patterns on a 15' 8 wt sink tip with it, as well as size 4 unweighted flies. I found the main thing in building this rod is to avoid the standard length Spey rod rear and fore grips. This rod balances pretty close to the butt, making it very comfortable to handle.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
     
  4. Nailknot

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    I wish i had the time to build one up Salmo, but this purchase will need to be off the shelf ;)

    After reading Bob Meiser's posting below on switch rods, I'm intrigued.
    The Bueleh switch rod in 6/7 looks like a fun and versitile stick.

    Anyone have experience with these "switch" rods?
     
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    Another rod to consider is the 12ft. 6/7 Snowbee Torridge . I love mine :)
     
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    I just bought a Beulah 5/6 switch rod as my "light" 2-hander. I've only been able to cast it on the grass so far, but it performed well on both overhead and switch casts. I can't wait to get it on the Grande Ronde. It's nicely built and looks like a lot more rod than the price would suggest.

    Mike
     
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    sage 6126
     
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    If you want to play with an Echo Classic 6126, a Airflo 6/7 Delta or Delta Long are a great combo. This is my new toy for this summer.
     
  9. Ringlee

    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    I have a Sage 6126. It is a fun rod. I used it alot in Alaska rainbow fishing and it was a great match. I use a Skagit 450 on it with sections of T-8.

    Chris
     
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    Any suggestions on reel size for light spey line?
     
  11. Red Shed

    Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    Nailknot, Please don't take my comments personally. They are being made in general terms toward anyone having these same types of questions.

    There are a great many great light spey rods out there and plenty of reels and lines to match them. Everyone has their personal favorite. It would help a great deal if the person seeking advice would tell us what kind of budget constraints (if any) they might have. It does no good to recommend XYZ brand of tackle if the prospective purchaser can't afford it.

    There are great "lite" spey rods to be had along with reels and lines from the $400.00 price point to well above the $1,000.00 mark.

    Some choices are TFO 12'6"-6wt, Echo 12'6"-6/7, Meiser's switch rods, Beulah switch rods, Sage 5120, 6126, 1307 VT2, T&T 1307, Snowbee Torridge, CND 12'2" Spey Tracker, Loomis Metolius, and the Scott LS2 12'-6wt to name a few.

    Figure out how much you want to spend and then find some shop that offer test drives.
     
  12. KENAIKING

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    If its any help, I use a galvan t-8 on my loomis trout spey and my beulah 5/6 switch. The Beulahs are very nice rods for the money and the loomis is a dream to cast.
     
  13. Ringlee

    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    I have a ULA 3.4 on my sage. A nice match. A litte overkill for a smaller fish but I like it.

    Chris
     
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    No worries Red Shed- last time time I looked at lighter spey was 5+ years ago, when the choices were very limited at any price. Nice to see this type of spey has evolved.

    KenaiKing/Ringlee- thanks for the suggestions. I like the Galvins I've used in the past. Never owned a Lamson but will look into it.
     
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    The rod the was not mentioned here is Kerry Burkheimer 7125-3, 12’5” 6/7/8, 3 pc.,
    which is definitely 6/7 rod. It casts regular Delta 6/7 or Skagit line, if needed, like Airflo 6/7 440gr head plus 60-80 gr tip.