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classic single hand salmon/ steelhead rods

Hello and Happy Holidays to all my friends on Spey Pages.
A couple months back I asked about your opinions on classic or iconic two handed rods and the responses were awesome. I would like to now ask the same question about your opinions on classic / iconic single hand salmon and steelhead rods. I am in the hunt for a classic rod to pair with my Bogdan model 0 I want to use for Atlantic salmon. As usual any opinions are greatly appreciated.

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Hello and Happy Holidays to all my friends on Spey Pages.

A couple months back I asked about your opinions on classic or iconic two handed rods and the responses were awesome. I would like to now ask the same question about your opinions on classic / iconic single hand salmon and steelhead rods. I am in the hunt for a classic rod to pair with my Bogdan model 0 I want to use for Atlantic salmon. As usual any opinions are greatly appreciated.



Thanks and again, Happy Holidays all.



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Sage xp 10 foot 7 and also gloomis 2 piece classic black glx 7 wt both superb single handed salmon spey casting rods imho

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I actually love fishing my single hand cane rods for steelhead, especially when I'm skating dry flies, fishing thru tailouts. I usually design my steelhead rods with spliced joints and hollow build them and people are usually amazed at how light in hand they feel and how responsive they are. Here is an example of one that I grab a lot when fishing rivers like The Grande Ronde, a 3 PC. Hollow Built 8' 6" for an 8 wt. (This one with ferrules) with a smooth Semi Parabolic action. Throw in a box of skaters, a spool of Maxima and an old clicker reel and you've got yourself a party ........
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Is this just another excuse for me to buy more rods ?
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Sage XP 9'6" 8 weight...greatest bobber rod EVER!!!!

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My two personal favorites:

- 10' 7/8 G-Loomis 96% Graphite
- 10' 8wt Fenwick Boron X


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For me...Sage RPL 9'6" 8wt
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For low water or small river fishing I use a 1984 Orvis Light Salmon 8 weight. The rod is 9 1/2 foot long and has 2 interchangeable bottom cork butts. One butt is a 2" fighting butt for typical single hand use and the second butt is a 4" bottom grip.

You said Classic and I think the vintage and action fit the bill. For years I used a standard WF 8 with the rod but now have one of the new RIO single hand Spey 8 weights on it. All I can say about the casting ability is 'sweet' .

Occasionally the Light Salmon graphite's come up on the auction site, look for the rods with the long butt handles. I also have one of the same model in bamboo with the long bottom cork, I use the single hand 3D line on it. That one is probably a classic too because it was made in 1964 and still looks and works like new. I bought the old bamboo in 2005 but have had the graphite since the early 90's, it was a left over

I don't use either rod for kings but all other species here have been caught with them. Nice rods.

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Classic...

Maybe not vintage but not new either-Winston Boron II 10'-7wt with a first generation Billy Pate Bonefish anti-reverse reel with the brass bearings...
light in hand, perfectly balanced, and capable of any cast you want to make.

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No question about it. 10 ft, 2pc, 8 wt Sage RPL. Smooth, easy casting (all day long), powerful. So afraid I might break it, I bought a second one a few years ago. Kerry Burkheimer promised me that if I ever broke both of them, he'd build me a match. Great rod, a cult favorite. I've landed salmon into the mid 30s.
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Don't really fish them these days. I still have them and a couple of favorites would be:
Sage RPL 10' 8WT 3pc
Scott SAS 10' 8WT 4pc


Both very nice with longer belly lines.
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Scott ARC 7wt and 9wt in 10' length

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Pre-spey, and sometimes post-, I fished summer steelhead with 9 1/2 foot graphites that I built. the first was a Walton Powell 7/8 weight, which I lost under embarrassing circumstances. That was followed by a Loomis GLX 7-weight, which I've fished from the North Fork of the Stillaguamish to the Grand Ronde. Light and medium-fast, it's a pleasure to fish. I cut the front taper off a WF8F, then spliced on a 15 foot tip of Hi-Speed Hi-D. That has done a lot of sinking fly work. And a lighter f/s line and a floater, of course. To me, that is certainly a classic rod.

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Just picked up an FF858 for smaller streams. Any line recommendations for this rod? Leaning towards a Wulff Ambush 8F. Would love to hear what other people who have this rod like!

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