Yesterday, at the Pasadena Casting Club in southern California, I was able to "test drive" various trout spey rods and ended up buying one.
The vendors (Manufacturer Reps) that were there:
- G Loomis
- Project Healing Waters
- The Fisherman Spot (dealer)
Truly enjoyed test casting a lot of spey rods - 2wt, 3wt, 4wt from all the reps. Only Orvis did not have a comparable 3 or 4wt spey rod to test out...
The initial entries were: G Loomis Pro 4X 4wt, Sage One 4116, Orvis Clearwater switch 5wt, Redington Hydrogen Spey 4116.
Went back and forth casting different heads - scandi, switch chucker, skagit, OPST short commando heads....
Sage was good, but cost was the highest. G Loomis had the best overall even flex from tip to grip. Orvis did not have a 4wt. Redington had a better backbone to the casting of all kinds of lines...
At the end of the day, it was a battle between $475 G Loomis Pro 4X Switch 4wt 10'6" and $350 Redington Hydrogen 4wt 11'6".
Ended up getting the:
REDINGTON Hydrogen Spey 4116-4
Plus the retailer was offering 10% off so that sealed the deal.
Now I am getting an OPST Commando 225gr Commando head for casting in tight quarters.
The entire line of trout spey are very versatile and made for use in brushy, high bank, trees and obstructions where single handers will have a tough time.
I loved the OPST short head that allowed me to cast very low to the waters perry poke, single spey, and snap T....