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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2019, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, I have been fishing with single handed rods since the mid 70s but am now looking at getting into the spey world. I live in the PNW and plan on making the Skagit my home river with multiple trips to the Peninsula for both winter and summer steelhead. I have fished these rivers with a single handed 7 wt for summer but have never fished for winter run. I am signed up for a couple of lessons on the Nooksack River but I am a bit confused on what rod wt and length to get for an overall Steelhead Spey Rod. I hear everything from 6-8 wt and from short 11’6” to over 14ft. The Beulah 7 wts look like a good all around wt but the lengths still have me wondering. I have talked to many “experts” who are all over the lets add to my confusion and let me know your opinion on what to look for in a good rod length. Or should I be looking at an 8wt?
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Great question ... however it has many answers, depends who you talk too, what area they live in and their personal preference in what they want swing all day.
I have no experience with the rivers that you have mentioned. However I can say this, I usually choose the longest rod that I can comfortably cast and fish all day in my targeted river.
The reason being, is line control after the cast is made. I'm more of a fisherman than a caster, so fishing comes first in my books
I also find longer rods easier to cast than shorter ones ... sort of amplifies the "feel" for me.
Now that you have made your first post in this forum, feel free to post this question in our Rod forum where more members will be looking to answer.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I will lookin the rod section..I was out on the water today with a local instructor using a 12’6 7wt with a Skagit system. I had a blast. I appreciate the welcome. I understand too well about differing opinions and it always comes down to my selection based on me..not on what someone else likes best. I am enjoying reading the posts on these pages and am looking forward to lots of reading and learning. Thank you again.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 08:52 PM
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Hi Vikingson,

Welcome to SpeyPages.

IMHO, the easiest way to see what you feel comfortable with is to go to a Spey show where there are several dealers. You'll have a chance to cast several different rods without spending a lot of money on something you may not like.

There's a gathering on the Skykomish River February 9 in Monroe, Washington. Judging from the rivers you've mentioned, it doesn't seem to be too far.


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Welcome to the world of Spey

That Gathering in Monroe is the way to go. It's been around for a long time. A lot of casters, of all levels, will be there. Talk to them about what they use, where, & why. There will also be complete rod setups available for you to try. Ask for Aaron Reimer.

fwiw: my own preference, over the last ten or so years, has been a head setup. This allows me to change heads/sink tips (or not) to suit the seasons, without having to keep a huge inventory of rods,,,& reels,,,& lines. Not to mention, tote all that stuff around,,,,and worry about someone stealing it while I am 100 or more yards down the river!

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