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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Trout Spey rod glass or graphite

Here’s a topic that I’d appreciate your opinions....thinking of a 2 or 3 wt under 11’....for rivers in northern California....easy to cast with a Scandi line and a sink tip skimming the surface if it comes to that...a present for my girlfriend who insists to cast only dries with the hook cut off !....any suggestions would be appreciated as this may be custom made.
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I just recently purchased an ACR Nova 10'8" 2wt and it's a dandy for scandi. I have a 180 grain SA spey lite which is a great line for that rod. I haven't given a skagit a go on it yet, but I'd imagine it would be a blast. Also, while it meets neither of your requirements, the 11'7" 4wt S series Meiser is such a standout rod. I use that rod for everything from trout, to bass, to Great Lakes Steelhead.

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Sounds like reel is not needed? Perhaps a Tenkara rod with proper Scandi taper head?

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I have a 10ft 3wt echo glass switch with a 200 grain SA scandi speylite intergrated line for my rivers here in MA. You can fish a heavy poly leader with small intruders or fish a muddler on a mono leader just below the surface. All around rod for trout and have since sold all my other small skagits and not intergrated scandi's. Blast to cast!!
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I've noticed it's easy to hook fish on small flies (<#12 soft hackles) with the give in the glass, but if you aren't hooking them, I guess it doesn't matter. My Echo Glass Switch in a 4 is pretty chill. I put a 225 Scandi on it or a 225 switch line works well too.

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I really enjoy my Echo Glass four weight switch rod. I throw a OPST Commando head, mostly with their floating tip.
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Thanks a mint !

Thanks for all your input....it may appear Echo is not producing glass rods now so I’ll have to look in the classifies or have a custom one made .

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I think that long class rod which 9ft and longer are are not nice to cast because they weight quite a lot and/or are soft. But they are strong which you might prefer.

I have read that Anglers Roost blanks which have good VFM have been not easy to get lately. Here in Europe are few options for custom builder. NexTackle in Bulgaria sell long about $50 blanks for light lines. I bought lightest 11ft which is 2wt which is single hand rating to make 9ft full action rod rod for 5wt line casting which is light so I cut 2ft away from tip and it is ok but ferrules do not enter as deep as usual but they do not loosen.

Bloke in UK sell bigger variety of reasonably prized single and double hand blanks, class and carbon which some are rated for DH lines. I have not them but they have received positive comments on various forums.

I bought Jaxon Monolith XT 11ft #4/5 Nymph rod ~$70 from Poland and it has good VFM. Just for fun I have DH cast it as well when light weight rod and light fly line can be held light like this:
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Here are a few options that I currently know about and have used.

The lightest blank/rod that I currently know of since Anglers Roost (ARE) is not in operation is from Gary Anderson. I would say that Gary has the trout spey down better than others, perhaps since he has been at it longer. He has a 10'10" 2wt in his new Light*Power Spey ELT*line, at 180gr for scandi. I have one, but haven't had a chance to get on the water with it. Hope to have it out in a few weeks on the Middle Deschutes with my daughter. Steve Godshall recomended it to me, and he hasn't ever lead me astray.

Another option is a currently imported 10ft blank that I have used to build a few micro speys with. Steve made a 208gr scandi for that one. He also had recomended this blank to me a few years ago.

If you can find an ARE 11ft 3pc 2wt graphite rod, either built or as a blank, you are looking at almost a 1wt spey rod. It is a very mellow rod, at 175gr scandi. My daughter uses a 175 gr OPST with hers, and a poly leader for swinging flies.

I also see that Sage has a new 1wt in their new line of trout speys. I have not used one.


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Thanks bender and txttrout...I have an ACR Nova 12’6” 6wt and have tried several of Anderson ‘s rods...they are all nice.....I’ve also a Bob Meiser rod of 11’7” 7-8-9 and that’s quite swell to....I may inquire both of them again....thanks for everyone’s input..decisions, decisions !

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Meiz's new lineup includes a bunch of trout speys. I've got the 4116, which is killer for trout and smallmouth, and he built out th conversion for me for a 6142 that is super fun for skating steelhead.

Plus he'll send you one for your wife to try out.
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I wold also say my preference in rods, in this line class is for using with soft hackled flies. So, the rods I mentioned serve well in that role. I thought that they would also work for dry flies.
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Well Sage Fly said there may be a few lingering Trout Spey Ones on their website ....well I saw the 2109-4 so I grabbed it this morning....hope I did the right thing...also I picked up a Hardy Marquis 7 on eBay to boot....it appears many chooses for lines....it ought to be fun .
Last month I tried an Echo Trout Spey 4110 as well ...it was really ,really light.....I hope it all works out for the trouts !...thank you all for your input !
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I have a 4 wt echo glass that is quite sweet with skagit opst 225gr, same opst I use also on the winston microspey 4wt

lighter I am quite happy with the redington hydrogen trout spey 11 wt2, it works very well with a scandi 180gr
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