Little help buying Spey set up

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  1. plarsen111

    plarsen111 Member

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    Rookie question:

    Looking to get a spey set up.

    I will be fishing Ring Gold on the Columbia river (thought I would throw that info out there should anybody live around my neck of the woods and have some advice).

    I guess my main question is what weight should I aim for? Is getting a 9 weight spey the same as my 9 weight fly rod?

    ANY advice greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Klickrolf

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    Ringold, nice place to start speycasting. I'm not nearby but I've fished that water and you can go big there. A 9wt. spey would make steelhead pretty easy and chinook doable. A 14' 9wt. should work well at Ringold.
     
  3. plarsen111

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    Thank you!

    I was thinking of buying this Echo 13' 7 weight package. Would it be too small?

    Also, it is my understanding that the 7 weights are the most common sizes bought for beginning spey rod fishing, as the 5 weights are for trout fishing. Am I correct in this thinking?

    Any and all help greatly appreciated!

    Phil
     
  4. James Waggoner

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    That's a great rod to start with, the versatility to cover more types of water and handle 90% of your salmon steelhead needs. As for 5wt Spey...trout fishing....sure great for sea run rainbows that run in the summer. A little much for resident trout.

    James
     
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    Main thing to know is spey/switch ratings are 2 sizes larger than single-hand ratings, i.e. a 7 weight spey is equivalent to a 9 weight single-hand rod. A 5 spey = a 7 single, etc, etc.
     
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    Thanks to everyone. Very helpful.

    Drove out to Ringold again today. A lot of skinned king salmon on the beach. I might need to look at an 8 wt or higher. Those things are big.
     
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    I just got the Echo 7 wt 13'. after spending a half day of casting lessons with a local instructor/guide I am loving the set up
     
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    I have both; a 12'6" 7 wt. and a 14' 9 wt. spey rod. I don't use the 9 wt. very often but if I was fishing the Columbia for King Salmon, I would be using the 9 wt. The 7 wt. is very veritile but Kings require a heavier rod and the Columbia has some very big fish, as you know.
     
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    Bob Meiser designed the tfo deer creek 13'6" 8/9wt for king salmon. It will work fine for steelhead. I had this rod and felt it was a little heavy for a steelhead only rod. Nice rod and they pop up used once in a while.
     
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    REDs fly shop has spey packages which are very nicely priced. Also you CANNOT beat the customer service
     
  12. Jim Darden

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    You probably should shift this over to the "spey" discussion...However, I don't think you can go wrong in the 8-9 wt size for a rod. That will give you the flexability to to cover big water and toss big flies. You can look at a lighter weight set up after you gain some experience with the two handed rod. Ringgold is big water but the fish are in close if they don't get run off by the wading fishermen.
     
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    Just bought the Sage ONE 12'6" 7wt spey. Awesome rod and a joy to cast.
     
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    I use the Echo DH 7wt at Ringold, it works well on that big water. If you are swinging, you won't have to worry about hooking the Kings.