If you could have one spey rod only...

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Leroy Laviolet, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    So I would have to ask if this would apply to switch rods as well? If so, that makes the decision very, very hard. If I had a bunch of kids it would be like asking which one I would keep if I could only keep one. I honestly can't decide.

    Kerry, I've been using my 8129 with an airflo compact 540 and it seems to like it very well. I bought it from someone who was using a 720 compact. It can take it, but the question is can you? I seem to prefer the lines on the lighter side. They still can huck whatever you want, but it's easier on your body. JMHO I think that rod can handle some BIG fish too. I just haven't had the blessing from the steelhead gods yet.
     
  2. jmwfish224

    jmwfish224 You know what it is!

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    I only own one rod but I love the thing. Part of me would like acquire more rods but the other part of me doesn't want to part with my darling. Scott ARC 1287, it does a little bit of everything.
     
  3. DoubleL

    DoubleL A guy who loves to fish

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    Just one rod would be rough because each of mine have individual qualities that I love and work best for certain times and seasons. BUT.... it would definately be between the Z-Axis 7136, LS2 1307, orthe BIIX78133. I have been fishing the Winston a lot lately and its quickly becoming my favorite.
     
  4. stewart dee

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    Also at the top of my list is a SUPER CHEAP St. Croix 12' 6" #7 three peice two hander that I picked up years ago for 150 bucks as a loaner for buddy's. The thing is like the best in the lineup excluding custom rods.
     
  5. Joe Smolt

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    One rod.........I'd chose my Meiser 12'6 length 6-8 wt highlander. Short enough to feel like a tough-o-war with a single hander, stong enough backbone to chuck skagit lines with big flies and sink tips. I use this rod more and more because I want to feel the fish. I also fish with a Sage 7141 and Meiser 15 ft 7-9 wt. Love these rods for the big water, but will downsize to my smaller rod whenever possible. Hit the sweetspot with skagit lines but capable of throwing a floating line with ease.

    Joe
     
  6. ReidFamilyFive

    ReidFamilyFive VIRTUTIS.GLORIA.MERCES

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    Leroy ........ Same answer to your other question. If I could only have one it would be the Burkie 8139-4 hands down. I can and do throw skagit, scandi and long belly's on this rod and they all are sweet! Dave
     
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    I also own the 8139 and love it.. Been fishing it all winter with a 600 grain skagit and it rocks. The only thing i think it is a little bit big for a lot of the summer rivers. This is why i bought a 7134 burkie and it is amazing!!!. Scandi, Skagit, Shorthead all Rock on this rod. Its small enough to have a good time fighting smallish steelies but can also chuck heavy tips and big flies for the winter runs.
     
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    For me it's my Loop Opti Power Spey 14', 9wt. 5 piece rod. With a Loop Classic 10/13 reel it is a thing of beauty,cast nice to. It may have some competition for my affections as I got a Yellow Line 13'2" 9wt. on the weekend which I plan to get swinging shortly.

    Cheers,Randy
     
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    Isn't this question just as pointless as asking, "If you could have but one fly rod, what would it be?" Hell, it depends where you fish, what you fish for, how you fish for them, etc. A 5 wt for trout, fine, but not for chum, and on and on. Does this poll produce anything more meaningful than a list of various people's favorite Spey rods?

    Sg
     
  10. Leroy Laviolet

    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    Wow, forgive the rest of us for being such idiots -
    Maybe you should move on to the next thread that is worthy of your presence -
    The idea was to get some discussion going about different rods and the characteristics of them, note the original post , I thought it was pretty obvious, guess you missed the point- It isn't a poll- It's the 5th most responded to thread out of 40 on the spey forum front page-
    Next time I'll ask you first if the thread topic is acceptable , you can be the "thread police" ...
     
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  12. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I would take a 13'6 7/8 MKS, it can be fished all year round, with nearly every line, on nearly every river anywhere :)
     
  13. Salmo_g

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    Leroy,

    Fear not. There is no such thing as a stupid question. But there are stupid people.

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    Yep. Big problem to fear is that they are breeding.
     
  15. Leroy Laviolet

    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    Wow, brilliant-
    Here's one for ya-
    " Better to remain silent and thought an ass , than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt " ...