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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-24-2000, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: juroDate: 2/24/2000 1:28 AM
It ain't Spey casting, but since I lugged my 5 two-handers out to my new home in Boston, I've been spending some percentage of my time using two-handers in the surf for ocean striped bass, bluefish and the small rockets of the sea - false albacore and bonito. You'd think there was an element of economy in all this but it ended up making me buy yet another rod!

This one's a euro twohndr, the discontinued 12'6" 9wt overhand 2hdr from Sage. It helps chuck large flies on heavy heads over the brawling surf on Beaches where Tony Stetzko landed his 73 pound world record striper from shore - Cape Cod's outer beaches.

Still it feels a little long and a little light despite providing a radical degree of relief from the casting effort needed with single-handers under the same circumstances.

So we're re-engineering yet another incarnation of the two-hander for specialized use in the surf. If you're interested, I'll ask Dana to add a link to our website so you can follow our progress. We have the Rod Builder's workshop donating the labor and expertise, and Tony Stetzko himself is on the field test staff.

As far as Spey casting - am I ever glad to find this board! I need to talk sPeY bAdLY... iF i cAn'T dO iT i aT lEaSt nEeD tO tAlK aBoUt iT!

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-25-2000, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: kushDate: 2/25/2000 2:50 AM


In the summer I guide for salmon at Langara Lodge in the Queen Charlotte Islands.  One of the projects the lodge is exploring is to dicover how to consistently catch saltwater chinook.  Believe me this is not as easy as some lodges or magazines would have you believe.  Our thinking at the moment as to why we experince so little success has to due with the length of time the fly stays in the strike zone.  Naturally this leads us to long casts and with the massive heads being  used the logical answer is a two-handed rod.  One of the managers has been using the Sage 10160 which definitely has the backbone for the job but has proven somewhat unwieldy in the 15' boats!  This project you are working on would likley be of interest to us, so by all means keep me posted on its success. 

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