After using this site anonymously for a while I thought I should probably sign up and get involved!
I live in SW Ontario, Oakville to be precise and fish most of the local water but spend a good portion of my time on the Grand (upper for trout and the mid-lower for bass and steelhead) with occasional forays to the Saugeen for steelhead around this time of year. I'm from the UK originally (worked in SJ Fawcetts in Lancaster for those of you who are familiar them) and moved to Ontario a couple of years ago - love the ease of access to fish holding waters over here!
After spending a day on the Grand last week and watching the chap downstream covering the water much easier and more effectively than me with his spey setup compared to my 10' 8wt single hander, I had a chat with him about it and have decided I need to look into getting myself a two-hander for use on the larger rivers I fish. Haveing suffered seperated right shoulder last winter, that arm would certainly appreciate spreading the load with my left!
I am going to attend the Grand River Clave at Bean Park this weekend to get as much info as I can but in advance of that I have a few questions.......
Particularly for the guys who fish the same waters as me - what length and weight rods are you using?
Primary use will be for steelheading both swinging flies and nymphing but if I can use it for throwing heavier bass flies as well, so much the better.
A tackle dealer I know can do a good deal on a Guideline ACT4 in either 12'6 8/9 or 13'7 9/10 paired with the relevant Short Cut shooting head which from reviews on here sounds like a good pairing but I'm wondering which, if any would be best - instinct says a 9/10 is too much but I'd appreciate any opinions.
I'm sure this is the thin end of the wedge - thanks in advance for any advice, hopefully see some of you at the weekend!