Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: New Orleans duck ponds
Fly Rod Weight Casting Thoughts
Just received my new SH 8 wt. 895-4 to use when Steelhead back casting room and my mood permits (and Redfish in the duck ponds). Love my DH 8 wt. Skagit 8134-4 and feel it is the best fly rod that meets my desire to get down on the bottom to steelhead and salmon. Now the thoughts:
1. When contrasting line weight of 210 gr. vs. 760 gr. head/sink tip/intruder (570+150+40), I really question the basis of Spey rod number sizing which seems more like a intentional manipulation to arrive at a single digit scale.
2. Gear guys use 2” of 1/4” dia. lead and the best steelhead spoon weight of about the same i.e. 250 to 270 gr. permmy powder scale. On a spinning or bait casting rod the Steelhead essentially sees just this weight during the fight. On a fly rod, it appears that in a heavy current, the fish (and the angler) is seeing not only the line weight but a significant drag from the large fly line diameter when fighting across stream and from the loop when the he turns after the run downstream.
3. Spey rod appears to be handling/requiring 2-3/4 times the casting weight and sees much more during portions of the battle due to larger line diameter.
None of this is intended as a Spey negative, just an observation that may be screwed up. Any comments?