5/6/7 spey rods


Slow and Low
Do any of you guys fish light line spey rods? I fish a 7136 now and am considering picking up a 5 or 6 weight for trout and summers. I see most rod builders are now making these light line double handers.
I just picked up a TFO 6 wgt and like it a lot. Plan to use it for summer runs and sea run coastal cutts this year. Lined it with an Airflo mid-spey. I gave some serious thought to one of Bob Meisers switch rods or one of his trout speys, but they were out of my price range.

Interesting thread... I have a 13' 7wt Fly Logic that I use primarily as a summer run rod. Once in a while I use it for trout or smallies. Lately I've been toying with the idea of a lighter two-hander (5/6 wt). But in the end I always decide that a 5/6 wt spey rod will be a duplication of my 7wt. So I'll probably end up with a 10' 5 or 6 wt (single hander) that will overhead and spey cast. :confused:


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Bob Meiser (meiserflyrods) makes a sweet line of trout speys. One of his 11'4" rods is what I used on the Yakima almost exclusively last year. Tomorrow will be my first time on the Yak in '05, and I'm looking forward to finally catching something this year. Steelhead have just not cooperated the past several weeks for me. :(

Here's a pic of my 5/6 spey


and another one with a nice yak bow.

DLoop said:
Bob Meiser (meiserflyrods) makes a sweet line of trout speys.
I've been eye-balling those Meiser rods. They look fantastic. Dloop, what line works well for you on that rod? Are you using it strictly for dries, or are you casting tips or polyleaders?


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REE, don't be jealous of me, just throw some of your fishing success my way for my outing tomorrow.

Brent, a favorite line of many for these trout speys if the Hardy Mach 1 8/9. Don't let the 8/9 rating fool you. This is really a 5/6 line that was labeled before the new spey line rating standards were finalized. It's a 39' head that weighs in at a mere 321 grains. By comparison, the Rio Windcutter 5/6 is a 50' head that weighs 380 grains (1 gram = 15.43 grains).

Do I fish tips? Mostly yes. My favorite setup is the Hardy + Polyleader or furled leader + green bugger or streamer, with a soft hackle dropper. Swing it just like you're steelheading.


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I love the way the new 5 wt Sage TCR cast's,even for the 600 bucks they want (maybe it was more), and I casted a Meiser 5/6/7 today.My plan is for trout. that said=

Aaron said today that the 5's and 6's are quite uncapable of landing summers safely. I do not know personally.Perhaps they are too light.My plan is mainly for trout on the mid-Sacramento river and upper Columbia.But not steelhead.For summers I have my bamboo 6wt.
Thanks for the details, Dloop. Perfect!

Right now I'm torn. I really would like to have a light-weight spey like your Meiser. On the other hand, I would like to have a beach cannon (CND Atlantis or similar).

Davy, have you tried something a tad bit heavier, like in the 7/8 range? <limited experience talking> I think the rods in that class are capable of landing a summer run safely and they still retain the feeling of a light-weight setup.


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hehe.... my expereince is way limited, probably beyond yours--I just started spey last month, just relaying what Aaron told me Saturday because I like that 12' 5wt Sage.Just not the price.

But am sure a 7/8 would be fine for summers. With the kind of luck I have had lately a 0 wgt would be fine for me.


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Scott, are you getting one of Bob's RTW (ready to wrap) blanks? If so, let us know how it turns out. I've been interested in those too.

Old Man

Just an Old Man
Hey Davy,why don't you try one of Aaron's rods out for a week. He will let you try them out just as long as you bring them back. I've had several out that way. And about the best was a Meiser 11'4" 5/6 rod lined with something that H2H came up with. As usual I'm completly in the dark on this subject.


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