Hello all, I am going to buy my first spey rod soon. I have never cast any spey rod, and don't have a shop close by so all I have to go off of is research and educated guesses until I buy one and start casting. I am getting it for Jurassic Lake in Argentina (very windy) where I will hopefully land a 20lb rainbow on it. Im told they recommend scandi lines. I was looking at the Sage x and Loomis Asquith. Im open to other options but would like to hear about these. I talked to one guy that claimed to have broken 3 sage x's. So im worried if anyone else has had issues with this?
Also need help in deciding in 7 or 8 wt. If I had the chance to get an 8 at a discount, would it be that much different than a 7? I am told a 7wt 13ft is considered the most popular size.
I would also hopefully use the rod in the pacific NW and BC one day. As well as Alaska and maybe saltwater.
Thanks for help!
For casting Scandi lines, what have been already suggested to you and you intend to do:
I don’t want to say, the two series of rods you mentioned can’t be more different in characteristics. But I would say, they are at least very different, completely different, in casting a Scandi line.
Biggest similarity is, they are the flagships and most expensive rod series of this well known labels.
That doesn’t say anything what fits your first steps of casting best or if they fit you at all as a beginner.
You need a beginners rod, a forgiving rod.
The earlier you go to Argentina, the more. A rod for you in one of the most challenging conditions for flyfishing is not necessarily the most expensive one. It can be counter productive.
Maybe you don’t want to hear it. Then stop here to read.
In windy Argentina, Jurassic Lake:
Never cast any speyrod:
Time of trip, „the earlier the better“:
Even more challenging.
No idea what fits your casting because of no idea about the casting:
Please excuse my honest words. You should not end in an expensive fishing trip with most expensive tackle, just to experience ....!?
No problem for those that promised you an unforgettable fishing trip and best performing rod ever.
Do yourself a favor and start casting with an competent instructor, before you do an expensive purchase.
Every serious instructor has enough rods to start with for beginners. He will see you casting, your development and can give you honest and competent advice how to choose and which rod would suit you, also the best line pairing.
Then you can risk to practice alone.
The earlier you start there, the better for you.
Money you spend for a good instructor is well spent money, especially in your situation and could save you money in the end - maybe in the tackle sector but at least for this expensive trip, if you want to be able to do what you pay for in a reasonable way.
Of course enjoy the journey. But there is another journey to be done before!
And good luck !