what style rod do you mainly use for steelhead/salmon?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Daniel Nelson, Aug 30, 2009.

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what style rod do you use for salmon/steelhead?

Poll closed Sep 6, 2009.
  1. single hander

    18 vote(s)
    30.5%
  2. spey

    33 vote(s)
    55.9%
  3. switch

    8 vote(s)
    13.6%
  1. Daniel Nelson

    Daniel Nelson BAMF

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    just wondering. i know there's different methods for fishing these fish and the different style rods you might use for each method but, if you were give one style rod to use forever what would it be?
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Single hander. I tried the Spey thing and found it wanting.
     
  3. Ben Waldschmidt

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    Spey it is! Works out well for me, as I'm not great at double hauling a single-hander, anyway.

    Great question/poll!!!
     
  4. Brian Thomas

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    Spey , no question . My shoulder does`nt like the single-hander for any length of time , and the switch is but a compromise imo .
     
  5. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

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    Switch. One rod two lines. Outbound Short for single hand casting from beach and Beulah Elixer for river. Simple as can be. The ideal Northwest rod.

    Leland.
     
  6. HauntedByWaters

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    The main reason the two hand rods are great is the ease on the body. Big flies and heavy tips aren't hard at all compared to a single hander.

    As far as actually catching fish, that is just plain knowledge, hard earned knowledge. No style rod will get you closer to that.
     
  7. C O D Y

    C O D Y Oh, this is so good it just HAS to be fattening.

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    Spey... all the way.
     
  8. Ben Waldschmidt

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    iagree Totally forgot about that. After a biking injury a few years back, my shoulder hates single-hand rods. I've actually had to learn to cast with my opposite hand (not pretty)
     
  9. Slipstream

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    Spey rod on rivers and a singlehander on stillwater (Drano Lake or at mouth of the White Salmon river).
     
  10. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Wow, I must be one tough SOB. I'm permanently disabled in my neck and shoulder. I still can throw a single hander all day. I do spey and single, but still prefer tossing a single. Guess I got the technique down. Not a ton of falsecasting. Usually a few good loads and out it goes. Think most get tired in the salmon/steelhead weights because they just cast way too damned much. Couple casts and away it goes. Is a spey easier to cast? Of course. But have no problems with a singlehander. I won't ever give mine up. But am getting a nice collection of speys back finally. LOL
     
  11. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    I use a single hander most of the time. Mostly because I can't spey cast to save my life, but also because it feels more natural and fluid to me. I've thrown my spey rod against the rocks on the Hoh many times out of frustration.

    My 10' 8wt. can throw stuff a mile, though, so I am rarely in a situation where I actually need a spey. I don't fish rivers that big. However, I do swing on a spey. That's actually the only time I use it.
    -Ethan
     
  12. Yak

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    Single hand when using a floating line and spey with sink tips is normally the way I go now. I also have some neck/shoulder problems .
     
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    I'll never touch a single hander again for swinging rivers. The switch rod is all I use now on our little tribs.
     
  14. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    9.5' casting rod. Works for spoons, drift gear, or jigs.
     
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    I don't want to be constrained to picking one type or the other. I use a Spey rod for steelheading because I still learning and liking the novelty of Spey casting and can cover more water with less effort, which is not the same as casting farther. But I'm still attracted to the fluid dynamics of single hand casting that got me into this passtime in the first place, and I have no intention of ever giving that up.

    Sg