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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Threading a Spey Rod

This morning a thread was started asking about how to thread a spey rod. I responded with an absurdly long explanation of how I do it. So I do not recommend:

I do not think even I would read that long a post, but I might watch a short video.

This technique takes about 90 seconds from broken down rod to ready to cast. The video takes just under 3 minutes, but I talk a lot.

I would be very interested in suggestions for improved efficiency.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-26-2014, 11:36 PM
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Looks good to me. I did not read your lengthy explanation yet.
If there are bushes around I'll put the rod butt in the fork of a bush at approx. shoulder height and then thread the line as you do. Or if I'm threading by my truck I lay the butt on a cooler or something to also keep the rod parallel to the ground as before. But that's my preference. I like the idea of using your hat on the ground if necessary.
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I'd say that pretty well sums it up Loc, for the fellow who ask what more could he want

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Great Video, thanks for sharing.
I've never thought about how I thread my rod. After 20 some years of fly fishing it just comes naturally, pretty much the same way you did it. I'm going to start using the counting method you used on pulling line out. Great tip.

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2handers are what they are ... just the nature of the things.

Put rod together, slight twist as the section connect. Reel on and pull off a lot of line .. yada-yada. Probably, unless really needed, I leave my rods totally set up and just put the damned things on the Jeeps rod rack.

Well I did until last November when, health wise, it became 'Game over.'

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Just the way you do it Loc, with one minor difference: When I place the assembled upper sections on the butt section, I leave the group mis-aligned on the butt towards my threading side on purpose. That keeps the guides closer to me rather than under the rod as threading progresses, so I don't have to force the reel to lay flat on the grass.

When I'm done threading I straighten the assembly on the butt, of course.

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