The Poor Man's Setup

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by plaegreid, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    I can't find an "ARE" rod, and have never heard of the company. Is it an abbreviation or stand-alone name?

    While we're on this, I'm getting another rod for fishing the Wenatchee and the Methow, and am trying to pick between a 7 and a 6-weight. I already have a 6-wt Deer Creek switch, which works "kinda nicely" with a Skagit Switch head, but my Redington 8-wt Spey seems too much rod for these rivers. The Wenatchee's big enough for the Redington, but Methow's too small. Given the general size of the steelhead in them, I'm leaning toward the 6-wt. Watcha think, gents?
     
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  2. golfman44

    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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  3. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    Thanks, gents!
     
  4. i didnt realize that ARE was the anglers roost until matts post, it is actually a good rod minus the gooodshall line
     
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  5. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    After careful consideration and a bunch of info from other guys on the site, I have decided to go with the 13 footer. A real deal is in the works; should have both purchased by Monday hopefully.

    FURTHER UPDATES TO COME!


    YES.

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  6. John Wallace

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    I have cast that rod too. I am saving for the 13' one also. It is a great rod.
     
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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    The 6 wt. is a great all around rod and thats what I use a lot. But since the wenatchee is a 2 hour drive for me its a sure bet that I've got my 8wt hidden in the car in case the wind comes up, theres no doubt my 8 wt is my go to rod for battling the wind.
     
  8. Jason Chadick

    Jason Chadick A Fish, A Fish, A Fishy, Oh...

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    Thank you.

    Excited to hear about the set-up.

    Cheers,

    Jason
     
  9. Paul Huffman

    Paul Huffman Driven by irrational exuberance.

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    For running line, I still use that green Miracle Braid stuff. It's much cheaper than that Ridge stuff. I know you said you don't like the feel of mono running line, but if it's close to freezing out, I switch to Slick Shooter.
     
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    As to sink tips, and this may have been brought up above, with rod that short (or even 13') a full on 15' sink tip for a Newbie is a 'non-starter.' Limit yourself to 10' or poly leaders. Candidly, start with sinking poly leaders as they 'lift' out of the water with ease.
     
  11. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    Fred's right on! I tied one on to my Spey rod today, and the 10-footer is fantastic! Gotta have more!
     
  12. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    OH SNAP. Christmas? In November?

    Special thanks to Derek Day for the reel, a bitchin' Pflueger.

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  13. golfman44

    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Sweet man

    Dude we are twins with our ARE's now. How awesome is that rod for just ~$100? Such a ridiculously good deal.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    It's a super classy looking piece, too; I was really impressed when I opened it up. I am jacked up to cast it. Just need to get a head and some tips. Maybe some Amnesia, too, since urryone has a boner for it.

    So. Freakin. Excited.