Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
The 11’ ARE (Anglers roost enterprises) mentioned above, and especially the 12’ version of the 2/3 sold by Anglers Roost are excellent choices. I think you are on the right track!
Yes these are inexpensive graphite blanks with no pedigree, but they have a minor cult following on here. You will build one because its cheap, but hang onto it because it is a very sweet spey rod! I handed mine to a guide with a bunch of sage trout speys in the boat to try out one time, and he fell in love with it. As has been discussed on here many times - and you can try doing a search on here if you haven’t already - seems like the action on these blanks was probably a happy accident. The 12’ likes around a 220gr scandi and 270 skagit. Steve Godshall also has the measurements on all of these blanks and can make custom lines to your desired specs for them, and there as lots of people who use them on here to help answer any questions.
Anyway, these are probably a slam dunk answer for your particular question. I know this probably sounds like a broken record on here, but I think you have exactly the right idea.
Another one I am familiar with that you might have run into through a natural process of looking for inexpensive blanks is the 10.5’ 2/3 aventic blanks that sell on eBay for around $45. Those are actual (as advertised) euro nymphing style blanks - very soft tip with heavier butts. Full disclosure I actually have one of these that I’m just finishing. Guess I will have to do some nymphing now. They are pretty nice blanks, and nice looking too, but NOT ideal for spey casting. So probably avoid them for that purpose.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick
Last edited by Botsari; 04-10-2018 at 11:59 PM.