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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 09:00 PM
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11' and 12 1/2' rods. They pack nicely and fit into the overhead bin. Also, they pack nicely into my work truck with all of the gear my gang brings. We try to keep the size of everybody's kit to a certain overall length when broken down and packed up.
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Since shifting to the OP in the fall for the past 4 years wading for Coho & Chinook on coastal rivers. It has been my pleasure to tie into, and some times land, bright Chinook as shown above by Storybook. I use my old single hand 10’ 10 wt. and my 13’-4” 8 wt. spey. Chinook of + 20 # tear me up. Initial runs are pure chaos. Occasional jumps land with slaps like my wife slamming the door when she is mad. Maybe it’s my hearing aids, but the sound is frightening.
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My favorite taper is the 12’6”. I just love the power those rods have in such a small package. That said, I use an 11’6” switch taper more often than not. They are the most useful arrows in my quiver because I am often on foot with two reels in small to medium sized water, casting tight to the bank, with obstructions behind me. If I was forced to narrow down my quiver to just four two-handed rods, they would be: 3110, 5116, 7126 and 8136.

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These days I spend most of my time with a modified 16' 7/9 Meiser X, good for summer or winter so long as I have a rod's length of room behind me.
But I have a bunch of other mistresses who hound me if I don't take 'em out and get 'em wet once in a while.
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post #35 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 12:17 PM
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After so many different directions in Speycasting over the last decades, from shorter and shorter in rods, from Scandi to Skagit, Skagit only, then Scandi again or additional, it’s interesting to see the growing number of people interested in Longbelly lines and rods becoming longer and longer again at the other side of the pond. Back to the European roots of Speycasting?

We don’t experience that here that much at the moment and didn’t have those extreme changes in the past. It was more of the kind of an expanding offer to choose from. And that’s nice for both sides of the Atlantic of course.

Fishing for all species of fish with fly only, the rule to choose can be very simple: targeted fish species and expected size, size of flies and presentation, river size and structures, lines (long, medium or short and dirty), then rod.
I for myself still use the full range of options of my rod Harem for different approaches from 11‘ switch rods to 15‘ rods and don’t want to miss a single one of them.
It needed many years, to find the rod-line pairings that fit me and my fishing needs and nearly the same time of therapy to be able to part with the other rods. My therapist is too hard to me. I had to give away 32 rods in the last four years.
And still the list of rods I spend time with - covering the different species I fish for - would be too long. Sorry. If he would read it...

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Good thread <>

We did just do an inventory of rods most requested by our anglers, and over the past 15+ years, our most commonly requested rods world wide would be in this order:

1. 14’0” for 8 wt
2. A tie with the 13’0” or 13’6” for 7 wt.
3. 15’0” for 8 wt
4. 11’7” for 7 wt
5. 11’0” for 6 wt

... Was actually pretty surprised by how many 14’0” 8 wt rods we had built over the years.

My personal first ever purchased two handed rod was the Sage Brownie 14’0”... And I still enjoy fishing it ... !!!

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post #37 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 02:28 AM
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Great thread, feel like the 13 &. 13’6 7wt makes a lot of sense but it pretty interesting that you have done that many 14ft 8wt rods.
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Great thread, feel like the 13 &. 13’6 7wt makes a lot of sense but it pretty interesting that you have done that many 14ft 8wt rods.
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Nearly 50% of our client base is international ... So we do build quite a few of the longer rods for Euro, Scandinavian and Japanese anglers <> And to many a Scot: A 14’0’ for 8 wt is just a “Wee Stick” ... };^) ... !!!

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post #39 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 02:49 PM
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rod length and weight used most

As a general rule for medium/large sized rivers during the Summer i use a 12'6' 7wt and during the Winter i use a 13'6' 7wt.
for smaller water its 12' 5wt in the summer and an 11'7" 7wt in the winter. I have a couple 8 wts but they only really get used under specific conditions or on specific sections of rivers i fish.

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i am quite surprised by how many of us use smaller rods....i would of guessed before this question that the average rod would of been 13' to 13'6 ....

I have gone from being a huge advocate of shorter rods back to some of the longer ones now that they aren't heavy old tanks....a 14' rod even on what might be deemed smaller rivers up here i.e. the Nooksack are just easy to use/fish...

Love these new light weight series of rods...still strong enough to take a beating but so fun to cast longer lines with.....then yesterday i took out my new 12'6 B&W to piss around with yet another line (which was only decent so back to my fav. line) and i almost start giggling at how much fun it is ...

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There seems to be a trend back to longer rods and lines. There are several people in my river that will state you don't need anything more that an 11' switch rod. I disagree. One is not a matter so much as need but my home river can get to a few hundred feet wide and the longer rods and lines will make these rivers smaller and more fishable. Second, I just like long rod and longer lines. Way more fun and less work.


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post #42 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 05:43 PM
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I would agree with eriefisher, they are making a come back especially in the lighter line weights. My experience was one where I went through a long rod phase very early on in my Spey casting life. I fished a couple 15' Spey rods because I needed the extra length to help my casting. As my casting got better I found that I no longer needed a rod that long to fish the rivers I was fishing and regretfully, I sold them all. So, I graduated to shorter heads and shorter rods and as a result lost the ability to consistently cast long belly lines (80'-100'). I'm not planing on going back to fishing a 15' rod but I did buy a 14'er this year for larger waters. I think a lot of people went down a similar path and are now moving back as longer rods are being made in lighter weights.

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post #43 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 04:19 AM
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In Europe the trend is again at longer rods, this can be explained by the weight of the new materials.
A modern 15 'of 260 gr is infinitely more pleasant to fish and
allows a better driving of the fly.
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post #44 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 10:06 AM
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When I am fishing the wide rivers of western Montana I mostly use my 15'6" Meiser Trout spey rod. I've built a Skagit cheater so I can use a Skagit line with the rod, and I also use a Ballistic Vector line.

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