spey rods???

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2007/11/07 09:41:32 (permalink)

spey rods???

anyone use one???
 
 
what about shooting heads???
 
are there any shops that specialize in them???
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    FiveMilePete
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 19:33:43 (permalink)
    You serious? Or get the wrong board?
    post edited by FiveMilePete - 2007/11/07 19:34:15
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    chrisrowboat
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 19:51:30 (permalink)
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:19:29 (permalink)
    if you dont mind me asking but why do you want a spey rod?
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:24:04 (permalink)
    I usually fish a spey at the stop sign hole

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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:29:44 (permalink)
    is there an advantage fishing with a spey rod?
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:40:15 (permalink)
    Yea, if you are fishing the Olympic Peninsula and booming 100 yard casts

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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:43:55 (permalink)
    lol i would not use them for steel head all you got to do is rool cast maby like 10 feet
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    chrisrowboat
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 21:45:07 (permalink)
    Lack of room for a back cast.
    If you fish big water.
    If you fish long sink tips or sinking lines.
    chris
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 22:35:32 (permalink)
    Aw come on guys, with a little practice he could fish the Manchester Pool from the Stop Sign Hole. Jeesh, if that's not versatility I don't know what is!
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/07 23:49:39 (permalink)
    saw some young kid (like 14) with a spey rod at the mouth of sixteen mile (the muddy hole right after the mouth really) and he could have snagged the houses if he wasnt careful, i dont know what he was trying to accomplish...that rod must have been like 12-14 feet
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/08 08:37:56 (permalink)
    I have an 11' spey rod, and it works fine on the tribs.  It is a bit much for the upper portions of the creeks, but it is fine for the lower portions of Elk. You can use it as a regular fly rod and do not have to spey cast with it.  It does help with the roll cast.

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    KJH807
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/08 09:02:17 (permalink)
    I was thinking of using it on the yough, susk, and out west...
    also using one on the lake...

    i am looking for someone local that uses one...
    god forbid i tried to expand my quiver...
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/08 15:30:43 (permalink)
    For the Erie tribs, you don't want a true "spey" rod, rather, you'll want to use what they now refer to as a "switch" rod. These rods are typically 11-12 feet in length. They have short rear grips, and front grips longer than a traditional single-hand full wells, but shorter than a true spey foregrip. Basically, these are super light rods, capable of doing short, quick spey casts (think Snap-T's and single speys) and also capable of over-head casting as well (thus the term "switch...) A lot of guys use these, myself included. The 2 most popular rods seem to be the Winston BIIx 11' 7wt, and the Sage Z-Axis 11' 7wt. I've been fishing the WInston for a few years now, and just got the Sage to try out as well. Flip a coin- they're both terrific.
     
    Basically, these rods are simply roll-casting and mending machines. The added length really aids in high-sticking, since you don't have to raise your arm as high, you have a lot less fatigue.
     
    For in the lake, long "surf" casting with spey rods is possible. However, if you are a decent caster, you will be far better off simply using your traditional 9' 7 or 8wt and a stripping basket. If you want added distance, switch to a shooting head system.
     
    True spey rods (we'll call them 12-15' rods for 6-10wts) are really just designed to cover maximum water while swinging flies. Some spey rods are designed to shoot some line into the cast- others, are desigend to fish fixed line amounts. Skagit-style rods are for short, "punch" style casts, often for dredging with quick sinking heads. Few of these application apply here in the Erie tribs. You see some guys using shorter spey rods on some of the bigger tribs (ie in OH and NY) but in PA, not too useful.
     
    Hope that this helps. Feel free to PM me with any additional questions.
     
    Dan
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    Bughawk
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    RE: spey rods??? 2007/11/08 15:55:13 (permalink)
    Thanks Dan for the explanation.  I have not taken my rod out yet this year, maybe tomorrow...

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