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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a lighter weight spey for (winter) steel

HI all, I was hoping to get some recommendations for the best bang for my buck with regard to a new or used spey rod in the 6/7 weight range....

I currently use a TFO deer creek meat stick 8/9 wt but would prefer to save this one for the Skeena.

I thought about getting a Fenwick World Class but have no experience with Fenwick Spey Rods...

My clumsy arms seem to like casting a medium versus (super) fast action rods if that helps...Skagit style is my jam, as most rivers I fish have no room behind me..thanks in advance
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Check out the ECHO "Swing models" which are more of a medium action and are priced at $250. There is a 13' - 7wt. and a 12.5' - 6wt. Lifetime guarantee.
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HI all, I was hoping to get some recommendations for the best bang for my buck with regard to a new or used spey rod in the 6/7 weight range....

I currently use a TFO deer creek meat stick 8/9 wt but would prefer to save this one for the Skeena.

I thought about getting a Fenwick World Class but have no experience with Fenwick Spey Rods...

My clumsy arms seem to like casting a medium versus (super) fast action rods if that helps...Skagit style is my jam, as most rivers I fish have no room behind me..thanks in advance
Echo Tr 6wt with a 325 OPST is a killer rig and that echo is more of a 6/7 and strong. If tight areas and skagit is what you like this rod simply rocks

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if you can find the discontinued echo 3 in a 7130 it is maybe the best bang for the buck in a lightweight skagit rod ever. outclassed the sage one and X imo, with better cork quality too. I wouldn't advise a rod lighter than one that throws at least a 500gr Skagit for winter steelhead of any size. besides the fishes well being, think T14 and bigger flies. never heard of a 6wt that handles that easily.

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Unless your looking at catching hatchery fish I wouldn't go lighter than a 7 at as one needs to land the fish quickly and released unharmed. Some 7wts are to light in my mind as well but strong tippet and putting the cork to em hard is critical.

The Echos are great rods, all series even the classic is a outstanding rod, The Deer creak 13' 7/8 is also an amazing rod, much more versatile than the 13'6" 8/9 which was kind of a dud IMO.

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If I could find a 7/8 Deer Creek I'd pick that up in a heartbeat. Used is what I prefer due to price point....

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Unless your looking at catching hatchery fish I wouldn't go lighter than a 7 at as one needs to land the fish quickly and released unharmed. Some 7wts are to light in my mind as well but strong tippet and putting the cork to em hard is critical.

The Echos are great rods, all series even the classic is a outstanding rod, The Deer creak 13' 7/8 is also an amazing rod, much more versatile than the 13'6" 8/9 which was kind of a dud IMO.
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Thank you all for the great input!
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Unless you're looking at catching hatchery fish I wouldn't go lighter than a 7 at as one needs to land the fish quickly and released unharmed. Some 7wts are to light in my mind as well but strong tippet and putting the cork to em hard is critical.
The Echos are great rods, all series even the classic is a outstanding rod, The Deer creak 13' 7/8 is also an amazing rod, much more versatile than the 13'6" 8/9 which was kind of a dud IMO.
Fishing for steelhead in the Fraser Valley in the winter usually means the Chilliwack River which has hatchery fish that can be killed.
Winter fish tend to be larger than summer fish and the Chilliwack is no exception.
I cannot understand why people want 6/7 wt. rods for winter fish when they don't know if it's a hatchery fish or not until they get it close to the beach.

A 6 weight rod may use a 450 grain head and a 9 weight a 600 gr head.
That's 150 grains or 1/3 of an ounce difference.
I don't know what is gained with a 6 wt rig but I do know what is lost is the ability to play and release a fish quicker, throw a wider range of fly sizes, and cast easier in windy rainy conditions.
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