Dry flies using trout spey rods
A while back I inquired about using a two handed rod for dry fly fishing as there was a river where I needed to reach far across to the opposite bank for fish rising there. A "regular" fly rod wouldn't do as it was too far to roll cast, and there were large bushes and trees on the banks everywhere so no room for a backcast.
I fished this river on Friday night and used a Hardy 3 wt. 11 ft. rod (not a two hander actually) with an 265 head, poly floating leader, and Chameleon tippet, 3 lb. about 4 feet. The set up reached across the river nicely, and as long as I kept the finish high the fly dropped softly onto the water. This was a tough place, however, as there were two strong currents between me and the far bank, so the drag free drifts were short. But with an Iso comparadun I was able to get enough time to fool a few fish. This was a size 12 fly. Later the fish switched to Lt. Cahills and I was able to do the same with a size 16 Lt. Cahill. It was a dark cloudy night and the hatch was fading, but still managed a couple of strikes (that I could see at least) and landed one brown on this rig with the Cahill.
So, this is now my go to rig for that river for tough far bank dry fly fishing.
On Sat. AM early I used the Hydrogen 4 wt. with a 325 Ambush on a Hardy Princess, intermediate poly leader, 6 lb. Chameleon tippet and a Black Ghost to entice 7 strikes and landed 4, the last a pretty 18 inch brown.
Both rigs did their job well, whether dries or streamers and met the challenges of this river nicely. It pays to experiment