single handed vs double handed...

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by francis james hunnycut, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. BDD

    BDD Active Member

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    Two words: gear rod.

    ;)

    I sold my two switch rods and have settled for two full-on Spey rods a 7 and 9 weight. I'm still getting the casting down. I can get the bugs out there well enough but I'm no Simon Gawesworth yet.

    In BC I have had good luck getting fish on the strip using a floating line. That is the only real advantage I have found over a 2-hand rod as it is easier to strip with a single-hand rod. That and the initial cost of the outfit. The two-hand rod cost more and you have to get a larger reel to balance it out, which usually costs more too.

    Sg is correct, as always. If you are not catching fish on a single hand rod, a two-hander is not suddenly going to make them magically jump on your hook.

    As an old mentor used to say, the guy with rusty hooks, leaky waders, crappy flies, and poor wading skills but who can read water will out-fish a guy with all the modern gear but don't know where they live and why.
     
  2. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast la flama blanca

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    Don't worry. I fish gear more than flies for steelhead and salmon. Spoons, spoons, and more spoons. It's very efficient. Most of my summer runs still get the fly. And there's one particular river that screams for a switch or spey.
     
  3. KerryS

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    Everything Salmo said and the main reason to fish a two handed rod;

    Chicks dig a two hander...............
     
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    There is one application I prefer a single over the two hander: dead drifting dries in close...way too cool to forsake...I guess a switch would do that job but I have the singles so they get used for that...
     
  5. Jim Darden

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    these guys are all giving you bad advice, if you want to catch some chromers, you got to look and act the part. Get a spey rod, divorce your wife, buy some good cigars, get a good single malt, quit your job, buy a good camp rig, go on unemployment and enjoy the good life. Being a Steelheader requires dedication......;)
     
  6. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    You don't need to spend 6 hundy.

    My smaller set up is still an 11'6" forecast that I rolled with a medalist real and an appropriate multi tip line. 300 dollars or so total. It works fine both summer and winter.

    There is always the classified section here as well. Quite often there are some stellar deals. There aren't too many bad rods made any more, just ones that are incorrectly lined.

    Best of luck.

    Go Red Sox,
    cds
     
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    I agree with the spey rod and made the same mistake with the switch!
     
  8. francis james hunnycut

    francis james hunnycut Redneck Hippie

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    I really appreciate all the fantastic information, guys. Thank you all.
     
  9. WA-Fly

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    A switch rod is a shorter spey rod that it designed for you to both single hand over head cast and do traditional spey casts
     
  10. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    And a lot of gas money!
     
  11. james.jimenez

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    And a dog, you really need a dog!!!!
    And a dog, you have to have a dog!!!!
     
  12. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    I'm still a bit of a newbie, but I learned the hard way that using an 8 wt single hand rod and overhand casting for 4 hours will give me a really bad case of tennis elbow that took weeks to go away. Since then I use overhand casts on that rod rarely and instead have gone to a roll cast (much easier on the arm). Someday I think I'll go with a spey rod, but as I'm only 2 years into this sport I'll save that purchase for another year.
     
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    I don't know what your casting skill level is, but I have a propensity for tennis elbow. Good casting form and a medium to medium-fast action rod allow me to cast all day with no elbow issues. Casting lessons are a better $$ investment than a high end rod.

    Sg
     
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