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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, New member here. I’ve been flyfishing for steelhead in North East Ohio for 10 years now. I’m self taught and it was a steep learning curve and took me a while to understand all the nuances but I have it down now and hooking into one of these fish is a well earned thrill. I mostly nymph and indicator fish but really want to explore swinging flies. I’ve been thinking about investing in a switch rod but feel like if I do my existing rod and reel will just gather dust. I’d be interested to hear people’s thoughts on single handed spey with the rod I already have. I’m thinking if I invest in another reel and set it up for spey casting and enjoy both options with my existing equipment. I have an Orivis Clearwater 7wt rod. I’ve started looking into the lines needed for single handed spey and it all seems very confusing. I’d really appreciate advice on a good reel and line system. The rivers I fish are large but not so huge that single handed spey wouldn’t be effective. Thank you in advance for any’ll be greatly appreciated.
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Clearwater are very nice for their cost because they are light. Orvis rods are also rated very well to standard lines so no need go much over 230gr. I have read good reports of Barrio SLX for Spey casting and it is not too expensive when it comes direct from Mike B. Its head is 33ft and with 10...15ft tapered leader is easy to Spey cast all style. WF7 weights about 235gr.

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Originally Posted by Beardy Brit View Post
. I have an Orvis Clearwater 7wt rod. I’ve started looking into the lines needed for single handed spey. I mostly nymph and indicator fish but really want to explore swinging flies. Thank you in advance for any’ll be greatly appreciated.
don't let the hype about the "best and only" line for SH spey confuse you.

you can SH spey cast the line you are using for indi fishing.
you can SH spey cast any matching 7/8wt sink tip line.

these are a great place to start.

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