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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hydrogen trout spey 2 wt or other 2 wts

Does anyone fish 2wt speys? I hear a lot about the 3s and 4s, but my waters in Utah are a little small. Also, anyone here in Utah trout spey?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 12:00 PM
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I have the 3, but I'm going to get a 2 for next season, either the Hydrogen or maybe splurge on the new Sage. I really want a soft hackle specific rod that I can fish dries on in a pinch with a light integrated line.

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I've used the 2wt hydrogen for about 3 years now and it's a great ultra lightweight stick. I used it mainly in the saltwater and local streams. It's great with a SA Speylite 240 Intermediate Skagit. Fantastic rod that I've tested on some fairly big trout and salmon.

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Size of water is one thing, but also how you want to fish. If you're just getting starting, it will probably limit you to floating line and light to unweighted flies. On the Missouri, which is a very large river home to large trout, the 2wt rules for early fall trout spey. I like the 4wt Hydrogen and will look for a 2wt next year for dedicated soft hackle swinging.

I cast the Sage HD 2wt in Craig a couple of weeks ago...it is very sweet.
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Most of my water in PA is pretty small too. I have the hydrogen 3113, and am glad I chose it over the 2. I fish soft hackles down to #16, streamers up to #4, and occaisionally will toss dries (upstream or downstream). What the rod will do depends more on the line used than the rod itself. For soft hackles, downstream dries, or occaisional upstream dries at close range, a DT5F does fine. For more distance or bigger flies, I go to scandi/skandit lines. Most importantly, no matter what line used, the 3wt matches 99.9% of my local trouts' size... the fish can show some fight, but I'm still able to release them quickly and alive, whether the water is high and heavy or low and slow. This has become my primary trout rod. I rarely use a SHer anymore unless the creek and fish are really really small.
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Most of my water in PA is pretty small too. I have the hydrogen 3113, and am glad I chose it over the 2. I fish soft hackles down to #16, streamers up to #4, and occaisionally will toss dries (upstream or downstream). What the rod will do depends more on the line used than the rod itself. For soft hackles, downstream dries, or occaisional upstream dries at close range, a DT5F does fine. For more distance or bigger flies, I go to scandi/skandit lines. Most importantly, no matter what line used, the 3wt matches 99.9% of my local trouts' size... the fish can show some fight, but I'm still able to release them quickly and alive, whether the water is high and heavy or low and slow. This has become my primary trout rod. I rarely use a SHer anymore unless the creek and fish are really really small.
Swung Big Fishing last year with my buddy Aaron Borrow in November and it's the perfect all-around stick for that area. Hoping to hit Penns on my next home visit to my folks.

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I live in Utah and trout spey streamers on the Provo mainly from Deer Creek to Olmstead. Not a wide river of course but it is tight casting next to high bushy banks for pretty much the entire stretch. The shortest heads on a single hand or small spey can make life wonderful. The canyon keeps the sun off the water for much of the morning or late afternoon. Using integrated lines with easy to handle running line makes trout spey a fun and easy way to fish with gloves on when temps drop below freezing. It keeps you moving and staying warm.

Outside of that I save the the trout spey stuff for trips to ID, WY or MT. Some great rivers in the region can provide bigger water and bigger fish. (And some serious wind!)

On Strawberry reservoir (from shore) I like using a single hander with intermediate full sink line or standard floater but I may try it sometime with my switch rod overhead.

If this pic attachment works its a Provo brown going airborn which it did multiple times before throwing the streamer free and leaving a smile on my face. I do believe you encounter some of the livelier fish swinging flies. This was using a single hand skagit setup one early morning last Aug. It hit early in the swing just off the far bank.

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I have an ACR 117 2wt trout spey, probably my favorite stick to cast! Its strung up with a SGS 227gr skandit line. Biggest fish so far was an 18 half pounder, fun on 10 trout and definitely will handle 2-3 lbers
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I have an ACR 117 2wt trout spey, probably my favorite stick to cast! Its strung up with a SGS 227gr skandit line. Biggest fish so far was an 18 half pounder, fun on 10 trout and definitely will handle 2-3 lbers
I know they are popular on the Mo as well in the bigger sizes. Interested to try casting one soon.
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Tyson,,, how did you manage to take that pic and fight the fish at the same time? or was it a friend taking pic?
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I have an ACR 117 2wt trout spey, probably my favorite stick to cast! Its strung up with a SGS 227gr skandit line. Biggest fish so far was an 18 half pounder, fun on 10 trout and definitely will handle 2-3 lbers
I am in the market for another two-hander for trout and need to give them a call. I hear nothing but great things about their rods.
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Tyson,,, how did you manage to take that pic and fight the fish at the same time? or was it a friend taking pic?
It is a still frame taken from gopro video footage (head mount).

I usually am not wearing it but if I hook a nice one will try to hit record and throw it on. Then using an editor at home you can export a still shot if you find an interesting frame. Not as good as having a real photographer but when you fish alone alot like me its something.

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It is a still frame taken from gopro video footage (head mount).

I usually am not wearing it but if I hook a nice one will try to hit record and throw it on. Then using an editor at home you can export a still shot if you find an interesting frame. Not as good as having a real photographer but when you fish alone alot like me its something.

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Best way to get a nice photo of a steelhead, or any fish really, without having to bother it too much during the release.
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I think all depends on what you want to chunk.

I have one of Gary's (ACR) new 10'10" ELTs. It is great for smaller water and smaller fish. It has the smallest diameter of spey rod I have. Picked it specifically for swinging soft hackles with a Scandi on the closest tailwater to me, and for waters in Colorado and some of New Mexico. Most of these water are small compared to the rest of the Rockies and PNW.

It takes a 185grain scandi. I also have a 20ft 201 grain scandiod from Steve Godshall for it to fish up to fast sinking poly leaders. I also have a 12ftish 2wt (and a 3wt) for bigger water. The 12ftish 2wt is for soft hackles. The 3wt is also a bigger soft hackle rod, but will also handle sink tips (t8) with a Skagit head.

I'm sure the hydrogen 2wt would be good if you want to use a Skagit head and chunk streamers.
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