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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Trout Speys and lines I now use

I now have 4 rods I consider Trout Spey rods.

One is an Echo 10'6"3wt Shadow single hand rod I put a new reel seat on and added a lower extension. three are Cabelas rods purchased at Cheap prices but enough of that. I like all four rods and all are similar fast to medium action rods.Two are new Christmas presents this year and two I have had for about 6 years. The lines I like on them are all longer belly lines. I detest Skagit and short head lines and the stripping that goes with them.

1. 3110-4 11' 3wt 4 piece. I wore out all my single hand lines trying find a match flor this rod and it would cast most of them but it just didn't feel right. EB had a RIO Trout LT WF7F and I bought it. At first the last couple of feet didn't want to turn over well so I started trimming it back. At about two feet off the tip it started casting well. I use a 12' tapered leader starting with 15# going down to 4# All fluorocarbon. This is now my go to line for this rod and smaller streams. WE have a bunch of them here in Idaho. It will cast short or long. I had to put a really light reel on it to balance. I now like this package really well.

2. 4110-4 11' 4wt 4 piece. Just a bit stiffer than the three still very light in hand and still requires a light reel to balance, On this rod I am fishing a 4/5 Chinese Switch line. The 5/6 Switch I have is just to heavy for it. I casts this 50 belly line effortlessly. And is my go to rod for fishing the Snake. It also handles the Small mouth that live there along with some nice Trout. I have tried other lines on it but none make it as happy as the 4/5 Switch.

3. 6100-4 6wt 4 piece rod I have had for about 6 years now. When I lived on the Cowlitz I used this rod for the Sea Run Cutts occasionally catching a Steelhead on it. I have a 5/6 Switch line and never tried anything else. Hang the 50' head and cast away. It also goes to the snake with me now.

4. Last but now least my 10'6"3wt Shadow PE. This is a rod that I bought for the Metolius and it's fussy Trout. This rod has a bad name for being hard to cast but I have loved it since the first cast using a 3wt double taper it did everything I asked. I converted it two a hand Spey by adding a new real seat with a screw in extension. Now I seldom fish it single hand. I must prefer to single hand Spey or two hand cast it with a Single hand WF6F line. Just so much easier.

So these are my toys now that I have moved from Western Washington to south central Idaho. And am enjoying catching Trout in my old age..

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Thanks for this info Scilly. Is that Echo Shadow the version II which can also be used for euro nymphing? I have the 3106 also, and it single hand spey casts very well with a SA spey lite integrated line.
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Mine is not the 11 It is the PE the first version. Echo recommends a 4 wt on it but I use a DT3F for dry fly fishing and a Single hand Spey 3 wt for almost everything now. Did use a single hand 6 wt but the single hand spey works better for me. This is a really fast action little rod and overpowering it will give nasty tailing loops. some tied like a bow tie. but if you relax with it and just stroke it smoothly it is a dandy. I have never cast the II but if you like to single spey with it you might want to consider one of the single hand spey lines on the market.

Sorry to take so long to respond have been to busy to do much trying to get our house ready to put it on the market. Time to move to eastern Idaho from south central Idaho. More fish.
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