Europeon v.s. Traditional - Spey Pages
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,411
Originator: BullheadDate: 9/4/2001 2:57 AM
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? 
ISC Archives is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,411
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.
 2 cents in.
ISC Archives is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2001, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,411
Originator: GB SkunkDate: 9/4/2001 5:23 PM
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.
ISC Archives is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2001, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,411
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  
ISC Archives is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome