Spey time?

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  1. garretcarden

    garretcarden New Member

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    I still use both.
     
  2. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    I don't think that I will every totally stop using my single hand rods. With that said, since I mainly target steelhead, I use a two-handed rod 90% of the time. When I trout fish, you can reverse that percentage to 90 single 10% two-hand.
     
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  4. Salmo_g

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    Codioos,

    I don't use the same single hand rod for both trout and steelhead fishing, so there is no way I'd try to get by with one two-handed rod for both. A 6 or 7 is about right for most steelheading, especially summer runs, except on the largest rivers. I would want a 4 wt Spey, or lighter, for trout fishing. I have a 5 wt 12' Spey that I could use for trout, but it would need to be good sized trout on a good sized trout stream.

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  5. tridentfly

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    Salmo is correct - you won't want "just one". Your best bet in speys would be a 4wt switch (to cover your trout) and a 7-8wt spey for your steelhead/salmon/everything big.

    I would also keep you single handers - in the lower weights especially. Spey/switch rods are incredibly efficient at fishing large rivers and swinging flies. They are also a decent choice for nymphing medium size rivers, but they are cumbersome to bad for small streams or anything technical.

    If you never fish from a drift boat or on the flats, you could easily replace your 7wt+ rods with speys and never look back.
     
  6. Old Man

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  7. Slate Run

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    This thread reminds me of that old joke, which is in the form of a question.

    "If you had to limit yourself to 15 fly rods, what would they be?"