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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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O.K. I've never used a two-handed or spey rod before. I am vacationing in the Northwest in June (In Portland and on the Olympic Peninsula) and would love to go fishing for steelhead. However, I am having trouble getting guides to respond to my queries (Apparently, they have plenty of work and don't want my money). I need help with everything. I have read a great deal about spey rods and just when I think I have a handle on things, I'll read something that makes me realize I now know less than I did before I started reading. I need help with equipment. What setup do I need to fish for steelhead in the pacific northwest Rivers like the Willamette, Hoh and/or the Skagit? I plan on flyfishing and using a spey rod. I live in northwest Arkansas and fish for trout on the White River Tailwaters. I use a Redington 9 ft. 5 wt. rod. I don't want to spend a fortune. I would like to stay under $400 for a rod. Also, what are the better rivers around Portland and in western Washington to fish for steelhead in the first week of June? Any and all advice and information is appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 09:21 PM
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I would get a 13'-7/8 to 13'6"-8/9 rod. Two shinning examples in your price point are the TFO Deer Creek or the Echo TR.

A reel in the 4" to 4 1/4" range will match the above rods. The Ross CLA reels are a great value in the mid $200.00's. TFO's new Prism @ $100.00 is also very good and @ a modest price point.

For a line setup I think a running line with a Compact skagit head with some sinktips and a scando head for surface/near surface fishing will cover all the basis.

The Red Shed offers some turn key package deals that are very competitive. I also offer a test drive plan on your water before you drop your coin.

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John,
PERFECT first reply to your thread!!!!

Call Mike at the Red Shed and talk with him about your needs. You'll be well served!

As a person who demands first class customer service I assure you that you'll be well taken care of and your expectations will be exceeded. Honesty is the best policy and when it's matched by experience you have a winning combination.

Times right now for the guys on winter water are balls to the wall. No excuse, but the days are long. Get a hold of the Fly Shop (flyfishusa.com) for the Portland Rivers or perhaps Tom Larimer and for the OP rivers Waters West in Port Angeles.

Have a great adventure!

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The Clackamas should have fish and is only a few miles outside of Portland.

Personally I would look at lines in the 50-60' range. Rods in the 13.5-14' 7/8 wt.

Lots of locals in Portland, let us know when you are getting to come out and get the current river conditions.

Red Shed rocks, let Poppy work with you to get set up.
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Good advice above, also...

Moving over from a single hand rod to a two-hander generally involves a learning curve. I'd get your set-up and some on the water lessons or DVD's as soon as possible before your trip so you can practice. You'll want to maximize your vacation time so you're fishing, not struggling with a new outfit.
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O.K. I've never used a two-handed or spey rod before. I am vacationing in the Northwest in June (In Portland and on the Olympic Peninsula) and would love to go fishing for steelhead. However, I am having trouble getting guides to respond to my queries (Apparently, they have plenty of work and don't want my money). I need help with everything. I have read a great deal about spey rods and just when I think I have a handle on things, I'll read something that makes me realize I now know less than I did before I started reading. I need help with equipment. What setup do I need to fish for steelhead in the pacific northwest Rivers like the Willamette, Hoh and/or the Skagit? I plan on flyfishing and using a spey rod. I live in northwest Arkansas and fish for trout on the White River Tailwaters. I use a Redington 9 ft. 5 wt. rod. I don't want to spend a fortune. I would like to stay under $400 for a rod. Also, what are the better rivers around Portland and in western Washington to fish for steelhead in the first week of June? Any and all advice and information is appreciated.

John Henley Jr.
I just purchased my first setup from the Red Shed Fly Shop. Poppy was more than willing to put up with all my newbie questions. He made several suggestions for my needs. I picked the TFO Dear Creek 5/6 with Lamson Konic reel, running line, shooting head and leaders. As a newbie Poppy included a DVD by John and Amy Hazel on beginning spey casting and a Red Shed hat to boot. I am very pleased with the outfit and thrilled with the customer service I received from Poppy.

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