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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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I've been having a ton of fun with the Redington Hydrogen 3WT with an Airflo Scout 270gr. I've been playing with tips, between the 96gr OPST 10' tips and 10' tips of level T material.

It's been a bit too windy to play with the scandi heads I have, so I've been waiting for that.
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Cnd bv gt 12'8" 5/6/7

Just had one wrapped up and itching to get it out on the H2O
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Just had one wrapped up and itching to get it out on the H2O
Would you please give a review and some pictures of that rod. Iíve always been curious
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Got the ACR 11'4" #3 Nova for this season. For now I have the airflo scandi 240 for it.
Took a measuring tape to the rod, and it actually measures 11'7"? It's labeled with 270 gr on the blank, so I might get a 270gr line of some sort.

Also got the Loop Opti Nxt 11" #5. Will be using the Versitip #5 and skagit max short 350 with it.

Good times ahead

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my quiver resembles athabascae's lineup; I've recently added an Echoglass 3wt switch (with WF5F) to swing soft hackles and cast hoppers....
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1. Ross Reach 11'3" 6wt with an SGS iScandi 26' 310gr and a Lamson Velocity 3
2. Ross Reach 10'9" 5wt with an SGS iScandi 25' 285gr and a 3-Tand TF70 - UPDATE - Changed to a Lamson Litespeed 3.0

and my new acquisition

3. Meiser Highlander CX 12'6" 5wt with an SGS iScandi 28' 350gr and a Marquis Salmon 1, Will most like drop way down in grains though; looking at 300gr. UPDATE - Dialed in with SGS iScandi 309 grains and 28.8'

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Nice rod Dr.Bob.

A big part of me starting this thread is that I've been out of touch with trout equipment the last couple of years. I had no idea one could get an intermediate Scandi head for trout rods. Very intriguing!
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I've just added a couple trout weight two handers to the collection, a Redington Hydrogen 3 weight and a Ross Reach 5 weight. I've been playing with a couple different heads and lines on both. For the 3, a 240 Spey Lite scandi, a 250 Beulah elixir scandi switch and 200 and 250 grain Commando heads. On the 5, 300 grain Spey Lite scandi, 250 elixir, 250 and 300 commando, 320 SA single hand skagit from a while back and yet to be tested, an SGS scandi multitip that I picked up on here. Planning on trying a couple of my single hand lines on both as well. Nothing fancy in the reel department, an old Redington clicker and a Battenkill 3 for the 3 and a Cortland Rimfly and a JW Youngs Pridex on the 5.
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LOL, the first scratch is the hardest you know, then after that it doesn't matter!
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I have a Loomis IMX 3 wt. 11'11" on the way!
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Been fishing my self-wrapped Meiser System 2 for 10 or so years now- really sweet with an AFS head. Got a 4116 Meiser a couple years back that I love with the Godshall scandi for wets and smaller streamer, or the Rage with bigger bugs. A 320 skagit will send about anything I want to fish with tips. Year before last I got an ACR 5120 that throws a sweet dry line with the Godshall line it came with, or the 6 wt 40+.

I fish all of them with a 3 5/8's Perfect.
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Good idea to get back into it. I have a ACR #3 that I switch between a custom scandi head and (more recently) the SA spey lite which I love. The commando heads are fun but if you're doing any stripping the connection is a real pain.

The other is an ACR 5 which I also use for summer steelhead. Use a scandi head from Rio typically but will swing with a commando at times.


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Good idea to get back into it. I have a ACR #3 that I switch between a custom scandi head and (more recently) the SA spey lite which I love. The commando heads are fun but if you're doing any stripping the connection is a real pain.

The other is an ACR 5 which I also use for summer steelhead. Use a scandi head from Rio typically but will swing with a commando at times.


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Hey Scot - do you use the same weight spey lite that you do Commando? Other than the stripping issue, is there much of a difference between the two casting wise?
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