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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am thinking of getting into spey fishing.  I was wondering what the main differences between europeon style rods v.s. traditional style rods.  Are there advantages to any? 
 
I was thinking of getting the 9/10 weight GLX 14 footer.  But could be persuaded into a Sage.  Money is not an issue. 
 
What would be the best line and line weight for this rod? 
 
Any other ods you reccomend? 
 
Thanks
Greg
 
 
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 9/4/2001 5:30 AM
Ok, "Chatty Cathy" Fred chimes in first. So what's new guys?
 
First rod I'd go with the Sage 9140-4 with a windcutter 8-9-10 type line, or even just a double taper Salmon 9wt. Wonderful rod and you'll never be disapointed.
 
Difference between the Euro's and Traditionsals is like night and day. The Trad's are a lighter rod that you can cast all day, even use light sinking heads. (I cut the tip back to the head of an 8-9 Midspey and 'inserted' a 5' Rio heavy wt sink section and it casts like a rocket, sinks like a rock).  The windcutter or accel. are both good lines for this rod for all-round fishing.
 
The Euro's are a much stiffer rod for heavier lines and harder to learn on and very tiring over a days fishing. But if you need sink tips or to cast that extra 20 yards they're everything advertised.
 
But again, you said "first rod" go with a Sage Traditional. Don't know what kind of water you need to cover but either the new 713-6, which is a true 8wt or the 9wt Sage traditional are wonderful all round rods.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'll agree with Fred that the new Sage 9140-4 (14ft, 9 wt) is a wonderful rod.  Very forgiving, easy to cast.  IMO the best line for this for someone new to the sport, is the Rio Windcutter in the 9-10-11 weight.   Long casts are very easy with this line.  Another good line with a slightly longer belly would be the Rio Mid-Spey in the 8-9 wt.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2001, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Mr.ShanksDate: 9/4/2001 11:56 PM
Mr. Bullhead
I'm a big fan of G.Loomis rods, I think as a single hand rod there isn't a better rod than a GLX.
That being said, when I started my Spey casting (just new at it like yourself) I went to a GLX 8/9.
This rod proved to be too stiff,  I gave Tim Rajef a call and he advised me to go to the GL3, I did just that.
I matched the Rod with a Rio MidSpey. I've been learning the traditional style of Spey casting, and this rod
seems to work just great, so much so I bought a GL3 9/10. I'm not experienced at the Skagit style, maybe a 
stiffer Rod is the way to go for this style. My advise: Would be to take lessons of both styles, make your decison
then buy your equipment  
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