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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Shakespeare Agility II rods- Microspey?

I saw on a UK website the Shakespeare Agility II Fly rods that in 9'6" and longer rods they come with an interchangeable fighting butt and an extended handle. Has anyone seen or used one of these rods as a light two hander? Not sure if they are even offered in the US.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 08:26 AM
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I have no experience with those rods particularly. There was a period where a few companies tried this approach without much success. Having the best of both worlds I think requires having more than one rod but things may have changed.

I know Leland Fly Fishing has an 11ft 5w switch rod that turns into a single and it's reasonably priced as I recall. I own a lot of their reels (7) and the service is tip top. Never had an issue and I beat the heck out of them

Let us know if you go either way
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Shakespeare has long history in FF which shows in their rod rational casting behavior. Build and component quality match their wide price range. Cheap rods weight quite a lot because of low cost carbon blanks but I think they are also strong.

I had 9'6'' 6wt (very cheap) which I did use until got better. I did lots of SH Spey casting where its full action and higher weight was good when I was a beginner.

I really like 12'6'' 11wt five piece DH (fits to a suitcase) because it is very powerful which I made building new handle to second section of original 15ft 6pc 11wt Expedition (very cheap) and then its weight made it feel sluggish but now when shorter is very nice. I use it mostly in salt water (Spey and OH casting) and sometimes casting very heavy Skagit line in running water.

The 15ft 10/11 Signature (expensive) has the best build and component quality of my all rods and it is very easy to cast and performance match its price.

I have had few more i the past but their casting experience is not valid anymore other than I got much more fish back then

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