Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Codioos, Sep 30, 2013.
I still use both.
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.
You'll just have to move west and fish the beaches.
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.
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.
You people are all brain washed.
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?"