Trout spey decision 2wt vs 3wt

WA-Fly

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#1
Narrowed my search down to the redington hydrogen in either their 2wt or 3wt. I like the idea of buying the 2wt but I'm not sure if it'll be good chucking beadhead buggers and the like when I need too. I feel like the 3wt would be more versatile but might suck some if the fun out of smaller fish which a little notorious for catching [emoji23]

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the_grube

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#3
I own the 3wt and recommend it. But your analysis is correct. The tykes aren't as much fun. The 3wt will throw a cone head Dali llama on 10ft of t8 with a short Skagit head... I'll take that over the tyke experience. If I find myself in the kiddie pool it's time to pull out a sh 2 or 3 wt.

On the other hand why choose get one of each...
 
#4
Just got the 3wt for the beach. Lots of fun although still a little bit of a learning curve. I've noticed that the 'grab' with the 12-18 inchers is not as crisp (probably due to the weight of the shooting head) but once on...the 'fight' is still great...equal to a five weight single hand. My point being....even with the 2 wt...a spey set up like mine, I believe, isn't going to make a creek trout much more fun. I've got an Airflow lite spey on the heavier end of the weight spectrum for a 3 wt. Maybe go with a really light set up?
I can't wait to hit a river with it.
Do they make a glass trout spey?
 

cmann886

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#5
I own the 3wt and recommend it. But your analysis is correct. The tykes aren't as much fun. The 3wt will throw a cone head Dali llama on 10ft of t8 with a short Skagit head... I'll take that over the tyke experience. If I find myself in the kiddie pool it's time to pull out a sh 2 or 3 wt.

On the other hand why choose get one of each...
+1 on this advice... Only I don’t think you need both if you have a SH 2 or 3 wt. and the lightest commando head.
 

WA-Fly

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#6
Okay so it seems like the 3 wt is gonna be good and the 2wt just not enough. What kinda lines would be good for scandi style casting? I was thinking the new rio scandi body

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longstick

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#7
Once you get your rod I would recommend opst or SA new skagit Lite heads. There are lots of great lines but with these two you can go 50-75 grains less because they designed them float less which means you can use less grains and allow the water to help load the rod more then other brands. I use these lines with 2-4 wts because 50-75 grains less allows me to feel more fish during the fight on the little guys.
This is just my opinion
 

longstick

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#8
If you want to go Scandi the best is the SA Scandi lite. I cut mine to make a head vs the full line. I want mono to allow these light lines to cast with nothing holding it back or hitting the brakes.
 

WA-Fly

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#9
The head length is identical to the rio scandi body, and the body is already a head. I will definitely have an opst head on the rod for casting streamers and stuff, I'll be using the scandi for soft hackles and skating.

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cmann886

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#10
Okay so it seems like the 3 wt is gonna be good and the 2wt just not enough. What kinda lines would be good for scandi style casting? I was thinking the new rio scandi body

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I picked up a couple of Rio Scandi bodies from the Gorge Fly shop for $25 each. One floating and one intermediate.

They have been fantastic so far with the various replacement tips for smaller flies. When I wanted to cast a heavier streamer like a cone headed Dali lama, I just went with 12 lb fluoro-seagaur straight from the scandi body.

I have a 210 grain scandi line that works well for soft hackles and unweighted streamers. I have moved to lighter lines as I have become a more proficient caster.
 

WA-Fly

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#11
As have I, the better I got the less I needed. I like to let the fast action of today's rods shoot the line out there, as opposed to weighing them down and catapulting it

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#12
I have both rods and feel myself picking the 2wt quite a bit. I have the Rio Switch Line Chucker on each rod.
There is a big difference in weight of the 2 and 3wt. Redington. The 2wt just feels more like a trout spey.
 

XP

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#13
I picked up a couple of Rio Scandi bodies from the Gorge Fly shop for $25 each. One floating and one intermediate.

They have been fantastic so far with the various replacement tips for smaller flies. When I wanted to cast a heavier streamer like a cone headed Dali lama, I just went with 12 lb fluoro-seagaur straight from the scandi body.

I have a 210 grain scandi line that works well for soft hackles and unweighted streamers. I have moved to lighter lines as I have become a more proficient caster.
I've always been curious about using the intermediate scandi body for steelhead. How do you like it? I hope they are still 25$!
 
#15
I've always been curious about using the intermediate scandi body for steelhead. How do you like it? I hope they are still 25$!
I use 5wt floating rio scandi body with a redington 5wt dually switch rod for all my surface and skinny water subsurface swing fishing on the Trinity River. It's a great set up and is plenty of muscle for the average size SH in that river which runs about 24-26". Maybe if I tied into a 30"+ fish I would feel differently but hasn't happened on the swing yet.

I also have the intermediate version but have never fished it yet. This year the water has just been too low to really need it.

On a trout spey I'd be inclined to go with the 3wt because it will be more versatile I would think, but if you're fishing mostly soft hackles and small lightly weighted streamers, the 2wt would be a lot more fun.