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post #31 of 50 (permalink) Old 08-16-2018, 03:49 PM
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Been throwing with a winston biiix 10'6" #3 micospey with 200 grain opst commando head. And recently added a loomis imx pro 11'11" # 4 with a sa spey lite integrated skagit in 330 grains.
Both rods sporting lamson guru 2 size 3hd reels
I have these exact same rods. They are a great pair aren't they? My current setup

Winston BIIITH MS 10'6" 3wt
- Pflueger Medalist 5/6 (new model)
- Skagit Scout 270gr, 10' of Type 3 in 5wt

Loomis IMX PRO 11'11" 4wt
- Redington Rise 7/8
- Skagit Scout 330gr, 10' or Type 6 in 5wt
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Dry flies?

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I swing soft hackles, small hairwings and streamers on medium to big rivers for trout, char, and grayling. .....
Great thread. A 3 wt is on the shopping list.

So no dry flies, eh? I cannot imagine fishing for grayling without using dry flies.

I suppose most reckon that 2-handers are primarily designed for swinging wet flies.

My Echo SR 4106 matched to a Nextcast FF 35 330 grain fishes 'wet' less than 2% of the time it is used in flowing waters. That sometimes means fishless outings but that does not bother me too much. The days of racking up numbers are well behind me.

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I've been swinging my Angler's Roost 11' 3/4 with 11' rio trout skagit 225g or 15' airflo skagit scout 240g. I like the 225 with 10' Steve Godshall's Z6 material and the 240 with 10' T8. Been using a Leland Striper click/pawl. Sure is fun to hear it on a grab.

I have the ARE 12' 3/4 IM6 blank. I've gotten as far as putting the tip on.... I would like an extra 1'. I'm going to glue up some cork and turn a few grips before the month is out. Would like to get done to chase some half-pounders on the American River.

Fly of choice (right now anyway....) muddler minnow size 8.

Echo has new trout spey coming out. I would like to check it out and would also like to check out the Redington Hydrogen 3wt.
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I have these exact same rods. They are a great pair aren't they? My current setup

Winston BIIITH MS 10'6" 3wt
- Pflueger Medalist 5/6 (new model)
- Skagit Scout 270gr, 10' of Type 3 in 5wt

Loomis IMX PRO 11'11" 4wt
- Redington Rise 7/8
- Skagit Scout 330gr, 10' or Type 6 in 5wt
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Beulah Platinum 10' 4" 6wt with a Mirage III (previous model). Or my bamboo 9' 6" two hander with a Leland Sea Run. Of the two I prefer the bamboo but the Platinum is no slouch. Both rods are fished with OPST 275-350 heads, 25# or 30# lazar line, and either commando tips or MOW tips.
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Winston BIIITH MS 10'6" 3wt
- Pflueger Medalist 5/6 (new model)
- Skagit Scout 270gr, 10' of Type 3 in 5wt
How do you like the new Medalist? It may be on my Christmas List!

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How do you like the new Medalist? It may be on my Christmas List!
I like it a lot. It's like the poor mans Hardy and balances that rod very well. It looks a tad bit small but holds more line than I will ever need on that rod. Great sound too.
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Winston BIIITH MS 11 ft. 4 wt.

Pflueger Medalist 7/8 (new model)

OPST commando heads 250 & 300 with 30# Lazar running line

Rio Single Handed Spey 3D (F/H/I) 7 wt.

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Isn't there a line size break beyond which the "trout spey" rubric no longer runs?

IMO 5 wt is the outer edge --- and probably --except maybe summer steelies and larger smallmouth -- too heavy in most other uses. And 6-7 wts are just spey or switch rods in my book.

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Scanning the thread, I too noticed the clever Hardy “fig leaf.” Have the same first scratch fear. Like wear marks from use, but hate those due to my careleessness. Really appreciate the custom two handed rod. Own a similar one from his PNW competitor.
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Isn't there a line size break beyond which the "trout spey" rubric no longer runs?

IMO 5 wt is the outer edge --- and probably --except maybe summer steelies and larger smallmouth -- too heavy in most other uses. And 6-7 wts are just spey or switch rods in my book.

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Would it not depend on the size of your trout and water??????
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Isn't there a line size break beyond which the "trout spey" rubric no longer runs?

IMO 5 wt is the outer edge --- and probably --except maybe summer steelies and larger smallmouth -- too heavy in most other uses. And 6-7 wts are just spey or switch rods in my book.

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I have a 5wt safe tcx 5119 and I think it to much rod for trout, great rod for Erie tribe and some schoolie stripers.
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Winston BIIITH MS 11 ft. 4 wt.

Pflueger Medalist 7/8 (new model)

OPST commando heads 250 & 300 with 30# Lazar running line

Rio Single Handed Spey 3D (F/H/I) 7 wt.

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Got the new Rio In Touch Trout Spey 305 grains 4 wt shooting head for Winston Micro Spey 4 wt. It is a really sweet combo!

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Just caught my first fish using my trout spey on the Yellowstone river last week swinging an olive bead head wooly bugger. So much fun.

Loomis imx pro 3wt 11’11”
Lamson litespeed series 4 size 3
30lb lazer line
230 grain 23ft rio Scandi Head or
270 grain 15ft Airflo Skagit Scout
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Just picked up a Winston Biii TH 11' 4 wt and spent some time with it this weekend. The rod is an absolute sweetheart.
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