Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Ron, the original guy in question, wanted as I recall to get a rod for swinging for Steelhead on Oregon rivers - I think he specifically mentioned the Rogue and Coastal Rivers. Can’t remember if he mentioned the Deschutes or N. Umpqua, but I think he might have. He said he wanted just one two-handed rod for both summer and winter Steelhead, and hoped the first rod would be his last. He had not spey cast before if I recall, but someone had told him switch rods were “easier”. Merlin and some people on here convinced hm that both for learning and as a one-rod-does-it-all that a 7 wt spey lenght rod 12’ and up would be best, and not a switch lenght rod. He got a pretty good deal on 2nd hand 7wt sage one spey rod, but I herd from Merlin that using it has initially been frustrating for him.
My advice to Ron would be to stick with it a bit longer and maybe find someone to help him initially get over the hump which is admittedly not always simple when first starting out. The ease of use should come in time - if approached right, especially with a little help getting started, much of it very quickly. The rest keeps coming over a long time, but practical ease of use pretty quickly, so plenty of reason NOT to give up after the first frustrating attempt. At least give it a fair shake first. Like we have been saying, probably just seeing someone, anyone, doing it right and fishing that way will convince him at the very least it can be relaxing and easy to fish this way. But swinging a fly, spey or switch or single hand rod, is probably provablely NOT the easiest way to catch a LOT of fish, even if it can be relaxing a fun, so that much up front.
On the other hand my fishing buddy and I ran into some gear guys on the Smith last week and talked to them. One in particular really put us to shame. He lived in the area and obviously loved fishing spoons and really appeared to know his s**t. He said he caught tons of Steelhead and salmon on his 7’ rod and talked about it being the best $70 rod ever. I think we felt like posers by comparison with our trunk full of spey rods. So find your bliss and follow it. But don’t be afraid of a little bit of learning curve, regardless.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick
Last edited by Botsari; 03-06-2019 at 03:33 AM.