two-handed trout setups for 2018
Awhile back there was an interesting thread asking what folks were using for two-handed trout fishing. The last post on that thread was three years ago and the trout spey game has changed a fair bit since then, to say the least, with quite a few new light rods, new short Skagit lines, not mention the apparent surge in swinging for trout with single handers and skagit lines. As such, I thought it would be interesting to see what rod - line combos folks were using for two-handed trout fishing nowadays.
For my part I'm still using the same rod - line combos as I have for the last 3-5 years, however I'm interested in trying some new equipment this year out of curiosity (and I need to have some additional gear available for my teenage boys this summer...).
I swing soft hackles, small hairwings and streamers on medium to big rivers for trout, char, and grayling. I fish far more for these species then I do salmon or steelhead.
Here is my current list:
ACR 11'7" 3 with a 240 or 270 Airflo Scandi
Beulah 10'6" 4/5 with a 240 or 270 Airflo Scandi
Beulah 11'6" 6/7 with 390 Scandi, 420 Rage, 420 Skagit Switch
ACR 12'9" 6 with 390 Scandi, 420 Rage, 450 Skagit, 460 Delta
I have the following two (new to me) rods on the way and I want to get more into using 300 or less grain Rage heads now that they are available and skagit scout or two for the 3-5 weight rods.
ACR 12'0" 4 weight with 300 SGS Scandi
Beulah 11'7" 5 weight with 300 Airflo Scandi
I'd love to try an ACR 11'7" or 12'5" 5 weight... Maybe even an ACR 14 or 15 foot 5 weight with a mid-belly.
So, what are you planning on using this trout season?
Last edited by athabascae; 02-18-2018 at 04:45 PM.