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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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I just recieved my very first spey rod today.Being a novice I didn't want to shell out too much $ until I knew what kind of rod would eventually suit me.Even the lower priced rods were still pretty high(for me),considering I will have to get a reel and line.I eventually came across several Loop Adventure rods being sold on auction sites and picked one up for $165 US.The place selling them was Stone Creek Ltd. and was a pleasure to deal with.Great communication and quick delivery.The rod was nicer that expected,well finished and packaged in a nice velvety cloth,inside a nice rod case.The rod is a 3 piece 14ft 9/10 with a European action.It feels very powerful yet not as heavy as I would have thought.It is a grey,glossy blank with wine colored wrapping.Overall I can't imagine getting a better rod for that price.I need to find a reel now and a line to match,The reel should be easy to find(provided I have the $)but I am a little confused on how to pick a line for it.It is rated as a 9/10 but I have been told that it will cast a heavier line well.How do I determine what line will suit this rod best,and be best for me,without buying a bunch of lines.Would it be a good idea to take it in to a qualified place like M&Y when I go to take lessons and have them match a line for me? 
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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  Having Michael and Young's fly shop help in setting up the rod is a great idea in my opinion. Maybe you'll get to meet Dana or Kush as I think they frequent that place. You might also read Dana's line reviews on Spey pages and Simon's line choices for the various rods also on Dana's site or Rio's. For me Simon's line picks were right on. I think ?Dana posted somewhere that your rod would handle the same lines as the St.Croix 14' and the Sage 9140-3.
Read the old posts clear back to the beginning. The amount of spey casting info on this board is staggering. One last thing, I recently saw posts by Dana, Kush, and some others about the efficiency of the poly sinking leaders on a floating line instead of a multi-tip line set up. This is good advice and saves you  money to boot. Good luck with your new rod!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I also just bought my first Spey outfit, the entire setup at M & Y's.  I also could not afford the "cadillacs" of rods or reels, settling on a mid range G Loomis rod.  ( I saw the Loop rods on the auction site, and they did look nice).  M & Y fixed me up with a BFR (British Fly Reel) model reel, which cost around $130.   I had a sense from this bulletin board and this web site about which line would likely work best with the rod before I bought it, and the staff at M & Y recommended this same line before I could even ask about it.  I'll bet they would be a good place to start for help.   And the reel so far has been more than adequate to land a couple of bushes, a piece of driftwood, my hat, ......
 
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ron, Please tell us which Loomis rod you have and which line and weight that M&Y recommended. While I'm not using one right now as my wife bought me a Marquis #2 Salmon. I think the Magnum reels are great. Reasonably priced, tuff and smooth!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2002, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have the GL3 14' 8/9 rod from G Loomis.   I was outfitted with the RIO WFL 9/10 Mid Spey line.   M & Y felt that the rod was better suited for the heavier line.  The line has the interchangeable tips, (I have also used interchangeable tips for a couple of years on my 8 wt. single hand rod, and I like the flexibility...).    I'm glad to hear you're happy with the Magnum reel.  I've had the outfit out for three short casting "practice" sessions on the Vedder River,  yet despite the crowds I seem to quickly find myself all alone.  Go figure.......
 
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2002, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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I too own and regularly fish a GL3 (9/10). I opted for the Mastery 10/11 line. I have heard many complaints about the GL3's, but I think most of them are unfounded.  While it is not the greatest spey rod ever made, it casts well enough with the right line, and the price is unbeatable (I paid $300cdn at Turner's a few years ago) The Magnum reels, although not pretty, are probably the best bang for the buck if you are on a budget.
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