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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2001, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: AndyDate: 8/21/2001 4:47 AM
Hey has anyone out there tried building a single hander into a light spey rod for kids?  My six year old had shown some interest in casting and I think I may start her early on the double-hander.
 
This is all part of my domestic conspiracy... I just may start my four year old on golf soon...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2001, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 8/21/2001 7:22 AM
Gad! Good question. All my kids are grown and gone but have worked with 'kids' in the 10 to 12 range with spey rods. What they could/could not handle was  question of physical size and stregnth. If on the light size I'd suggest the 11-3 6 wt Reddington "single hander' as you can easily spey cast with this rod (short butt and all) but very light in overall weight. Heavier rod and it may over power them and interest is probably down the drain.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2001, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 8/21/2001 7:24 AM
Forgot to mention the rod sells for $159.00 so you're not up a whole bunch of $. If munchkin says "ah ..... no...." you will still have a rod you'll like a ton.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2001, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: andy wrenDate: 8/21/2001 10:16 PM
Hi fred , we cant gett hose redingtons over here and even if we did it would be rather more expensive . So hugh my boy has to live with a Bruce +Walker grilse rod 11..3 a bit heavy for a slimly built lad but he gets by and the basic roll is begining to go a fair way hope too have him night fishing for sea trout mid Wales next week ,, spey casting in the pitch black ,, youve not lived till you,ve tried it ! The tobaccolooks good but Import duty is some what prohibitive .. Thanx andy
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2001, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 8/22/2001 3:24 AM
To use a good 'ol Canadian term (actually I'm an American Cit. now and darn proud of it) "dollars to Donuts" Mark B. (look under Spey Clave enteries) would do a great job for you and price it right .... even having to ship the rod to "jolly 'ol."  Mark's a class guy; bet he can do right by you. Or if personal experience has anything to do with anything, by any of us.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2001, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Bill KDate: 8/25/2001 7:20 AM
Yes!  I did it 4 years ago when my kids were 6, and it worked out great!  I can't say the casting ever went real far, but my daughter learned the basics, and there were lots of other advantages.  First, kids like having anything "as big as Dad's".  Second, the lower grip works great for a fighting butt for kids, and the long foregrip gives them leverage so they can fight a fish.  Finally--and very important--it keeps the fly away from young faces while they're learning how to fish--they can cast without the dangers of the overhead cast.
 
My daughter now uses some of the spey moves as help with line pickup, though both she and my son can now cast short (7 foot and 7'9") single-hand rods OK.
 
The rod I built came out 9'4" when I was done.  In another year or 2, when it is truly useless as a 2-hander for my kids, we'll cut the lower cork off and have a nice single-hander.  Even now, it is such a nice trout rod I took it to Yellowstone last week (sans kids). 
 
This is such a good idea I'm surprised more people haven't done it.  I actually thought about trying to sell the idea to some mfgs, but didn't take the time.  E-mail me if you'd like to hear more specifics.  I actually had the rod at the Sandy Clave, but people were far too serious about their adult spey rods to take much interest.
 
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2001, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: CarlDate: 8/25/2001 5:52 PM
Pac Bay makes a 5" detachable fighting but that works great.  I had already installed a shorter 1.5" detachable butt on my 9' 6wt St Croix Imperial.  For $11 I have a screw in butt that lets the rod spey effectively, and it works well for my 7 year old.  The top grip is a full wells, which is sufficient given his arm length.  This is a cheap way to do what you are trying to, and easily removable to return the rod to its original purpose.
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