my new trout build
I just built up an ARE UHM 11' 3/4 with the idea that it would be a fun rod for nymphing and maybe tossing big dries like salmonflies for my small to mid sized local trout. I still have to put on a hook keeper and maybe a feather inlay, but except for that the rod was ready to fish so I took it out.
I am going to have Steve build a line for it soon, but since I don't have it yet I tried to find something that would work. The grain window for the rod is like 175 to 225 grains for a scandi so I tried an old SH 7 wt line I had lying around. It was a pretty good choice, not the best, but pretty decent. I could single and double spey past 50 feet pretty easily and it mended like a dream. So much easier than my little 3 or 4 weight SH rods. After chucking lead for most of the day I tied on a big stonefly dry. I was not at all surprised that I could easily reach seams I have never been able to reach with my SH rods.
I brought a dozen or so rainbows, browns, and whitefish to hand up to maybe 14 inches and even the smaller fish put a good bend in the rod. This is my second ARE build, and both have been surprisingly nice rods. I can't wait for one of those supercharged lower Deschutes redsides to bend this rod to the cork. This trout spey/switch thing might be something I am going to enjoy.
"Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers." - Roderick Haig-Brown