Allen Olympic Spey

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  1. Mort

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    Looking at the Allen Olympic Spey rod in a 6 or 7wt. Anyone have any experience with it? I would be using it for swinging for Steelhead, My current 8wt Loop seems a little too stiff for the size of fish in the river. Looking for something with a bit softer flex to it to even out the fight. My concern with going to the 6wt is that it would be too light of a rod for steelhead. i currently use a 6wt switch for bass fishing and could not imagine using it for the medium sized river for larger steelhead.
     
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    Hi Mort, and welcome to the Asylum. ;)

    Think you may posted up a similar question 'elsewhere,' so this may just be a repeat of what you've already read. Rod choice is dependent on three major things. (Yes, yes, there are others too.) Size of and flow rate of the water, size of the fish you expect, and the size of the fly you want to chuck. Is a 6 or 7 too light for normal Steelhead fishing? Not in the least ... save for you're on the Skagit or Thompson (well, BIG WATER). There you need a rod with lots of 'umph.'

    Normal flows, etc., you'll find that a 6wt is fine for lower water work (summer/fall) and you'll need to 'bump it up a bit' come winter/spring. With that in mind .... you can only go with one new rod ... take a 7. You can handle one hell of a fish on a 7wt 2hander.

    Simi rule of the thumb is a given weight on a two hander is (roughly) two line weights over the same number in a 1hander. And by looking at the grain weights used to load one vs the other, that appears to have merit in most cases.

    Fred
     
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  3. Josh

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    I actually have an Allen Olympic 6wt that I haven't gotten to fish yet. Build quality is nice though, for whatever that is worth.
     
  4. Mort

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    Great info Fred. Thanks.
     
  5. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

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    I'd suggest checking out the Allen 12'6" 7wt.
     
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  6. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I like that rod a lot as well and it's probably the darling of the line.

    I also have the 12' 5wt and the 13'6" 8wt and enjoy both quite a bit. As a note the entire line is a touch on the soft side but not so much as to make them "noodley" which makes them really nice Skagit rods.

    The 5wt can handle steelhead just fine so, depending on the size of the river, you shouldn't go wrong with either the 6 or 7 wt.

    Thanks,
     
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    Agree with Ian !
    Those Allen rods are really awesome!! I have used the 5 weight and really love it! Despite the cheaper price, the performance is not "shy " at all. I agree the action is perfect for skagit, super user friendly.
     
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  8. Mort

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. Very much appreciated. Once I get the hole in my ceiling fixed that occurred the other day, (ooops) hopefully I'll have the funds to try out one of these rods.
     
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    Youtube how to do a 'California patch,' fix the hole yourself, and treat yous' to a new rod for being such a badass house fixin' ninja.
     
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    The Allen Olympic 8 weight is a wonderful rod. Traditional flex, well built. The guys behind the Allen company are worth doing business with.
     
  11. Sean Matthews

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    The 7wt 12'6 is great. I used it all summer for Steel.
     
  12. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I just built a 6wt for a lady friend tested it out on the snake and grand rhonde. I didn't have the correct scandi line for it but it fished decently with the one I had (AFS 7/8 wt) I tried a bunch of skagit short heads from 420-600 grains and didn't like any of them, I felt the rod was too soft and the head was too short. I'd say the 6 wt is definately a skandi stick, perfect for summer runs on dry lines. I imagine it'd also excell fishing lighter longer skagit lines. I think I'd really love it for mousing too.

    here's a shitty pic of my build
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  13. Rob Ast

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    I agree with AKPM about the 6wt. I picked one up this summer to use for summer runs. I didn't make it out to chase any, but during casting practice the rod throws a 6wt scandi short very nicely with minimal effort.
     
  14. Josh

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    Is the Rio versitip the main option in a scandi short? And do you HAVE to buy it as a full line rather than a head?
     
  15. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Scandi Short Versitip is my absolute favorite to run on the 12' and 12'6" Olympics. Such a sweet line.
     
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