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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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I have a good deal of experience with two-handed casting for winter steelhead but now I'm trying to delve into the micro spey world. I am wanting to get a set up for medium/ large sized trout on medium to large rivers. Mostly casting bunny style streamers and larger soft hackles. I know I am looking at two heads and multiple tip s but I am familiar with Skagit and Scandi heads and versileaders and mow tips and whatnot. Looking seriously at the Redington Hydrogen but I'm torn between the 2 or 3 or should I even go as big as the 5? Open to any suggestions also looking to get a used rod. I already have a real that will work well for this purpose. Thank you in advance.
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For the size flies you have mentioned , I would think a 2wt would be too small. There is a video on YouTube where George Cook explains 2, 3,and 4 weight trout speys and what flies are appropriate for each. From what you mentioned , I would think a 4wt would be a starting point
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I have a good deal of experience with two-handed casting for winter steelhead but now I'm trying to delve into the micro spey world. I am wanting to get a set up for medium/ large sized trout on medium to large rivers. Mostly casting bunny style streamers and larger soft hackles. I know I am looking at two heads and multiple tip s but I am familiar with Skagit and Scandi heads and versileaders and mow tips and whatnot. Looking seriously at the Redington Hydrogen but I'm torn between the 2 or 3 or should I even go as big as the 5? Open to any suggestions also looking to get a used rod. I already have a real that will work well for this purpose. Thank you in advance.
Lots of factors do come into play. Fly size, how big of bunny flies, wind on your local waters and what do you consider large to medium size trout and rivers? I use an ACR 11’7” 2 wt and throw 1 1/2-2” pine squirrel sculpins on it, but when the wind kicks up it can be frustrating at times. For lines, you can’t go wrong with Steve’s Skandit line.. such a versatile line, from floating work to tips. Or the Rio scandi body which was developed from Steve’s skandit line. I believe they start at 230gr. The Trout Spey game is one of my favorite times on the water. The key to all of this is to have 2wt up to 5wts for your trout fun

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I'd say a 4 weight is perfect. Check out the Gloomis IMXPro 41111.

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Depending on how big a streamer you plan on tossing, the Hydrogen 3 would be fine. I line mine with a 270 and it pushes light MOW tips and flies under 3" just fine. If you plan to fish streamers only, or deal with wind, I'd get the 4.

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Look at the new Redington Dually II switch rod.
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I have the redington 11 wt2 , i really like it but i think it is perfect for dry and wet flies .
when i decide to fish streamer , or streamer and wet flies i prefer to use the winston microspey that i have in weight 4
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Same experience as KilgoreT except I have the 305 grain Rio Trout Spey head. It's a little heavy so 265 grain is probably best. Rio Scandi Short 240 grain works for damp/dry flies up to big foam hopper patterns. I've found this to be a pretty versatile rod/line combo.

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