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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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First post, cool site (not sure if right forum, forgive me)

I was referred here by a member of another site after saying i was thinking about crossing into the two handed world. Don't know about here, but on the other site it is customary to introduce yourself in your first post. I am an Oregon fisherman, whose wife is in the USCG. Luckily we are currently stationed in Winchester Bay Or. at the mouth of the mighty Umpqua. I started fly fishing a couple years ago, and love it. I don't have a primary species I fish for like some fisherman, and I love trying different techniques for different fish (I.E. indicator nymphing for lingcod from the jetty)

Recently while swinging comets for steelhead on the smith river, I realized my roll cast could use some distance. I asked on the other site about getting a switch rod and was steered here. I lurked a while, and decided I had to be a part of this community.

Anyway, while I'm typing, I'm looking for a spey setup for around 200? I have reels, but I'd need a rod and line. Anyone have recommendations? I'm going to part with most of my conventional gear so that price may be a bit flexible.

Thank you!

Edit: I'm looking for a 7/8 wt. realized that i didn't specify haha.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 11:10 PM
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welcome to Speypages. Seems on the other site, you weren't decided on a shorter "switch" rod or a longer "spey" rod. With the diversity of rivers in Oregon, both can be useful.

when you decide on length, try posting a "wanted" ad in the classifieds here and wait for offers to come in. I've sold some well used but very fishable spey rods for $75-100, from good companies that'll treat you fairly on replacement if the rod breaks. With some luck and patience, you can find a deal in your price range.

also you may already know that a longer "spey" rod rated 7/8 will need a reel rated for 9/10/11 single hand lines. Spey lines are thicker and heavier than single hand lines. Good luck

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Supertim, I am new here as well and also needed a Spay Rod. I posted a WTB add in the classifieds and got 6 replys very quickly. I ended up buying a rod for under $200 and could not be happier. Great site and great people. Andy
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Welcome to the site!

He just posted that. Pretty good deal. I have a 11'3 cpx switch and love it.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone for the replys!

I think I might wait a bit and sell some gear so I can buy a whole outfit. I'm definitely looking at those classifieds that were pm'd and keeping an eye on ebay. now I'm all excited and stuff lol.

Thanks again guys, I'll post when I find a setup
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You have came to a great forum with tons of great people and info. I have gotten tons of great info from all the members here, if you have a question about anything ask. Remember you can also do a search at the top of the page, many times my questions are answered before I have to even post.

Tell your wife thank you for her service and you for being there for her. I am a MKC, now stationed at Calumet Harbor, Chicago trying to get back to the PNW. I transfer next year and if I get back there will look you up and do some fishing. I have put in for the Steadfast and the Fir out of Warrenton/Astoria, I am orginally from Seattle.

2 handed rods are enjoyable to cast, fishing is fun both salt and fresh, so the window is open for you. If you have any questions please PM or have your wife look me up on globel, I am the only William Wallace there as of right now.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 04:53 PM
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welcome to Speypages.

...also you may already know that a longer "spey" rod rated 7/8 will need a reel rated for 9/10/11 single hand lines. Spey lines are thicker and heavier than single hand lines. Good luck
Oh so true on SS's comment on the larger reel. Spey lines are not only thicker, they're longer too. 90' vs 120' (some are even out to 150') Takes a pretty good size reel to swallow up a 7/8 weight line and just 125 to 150 yards of 30# backing.

As far as rod length is concerned with the Coastal Rivers a 13 to 14 foot rod will cover 90% of your fishing. A few of the longer lower rivers (like the Rogue) are damned wide, there a longer 'stick' brings something to the party.


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Fred is a great guy and a resource near you on the Rogue. Also, you will want to contact Poppy at Red Shed and Mark at The Fly Fishing Shop, both sponsors to get recommendations and check for outfits. They sometimes have a rod, reel, and line for a good price.

Welcome to a great place to make friends. Also, do not forget about the Sandy Clave in May near Portland.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 10:27 PM
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A little input on the choice between a spey rod and a switch rod. I would highly recommend starting with a spey rod and some lessons. I feel this way after watching a lot of people buy switch rods who have no spey experience. Almost all of them end up trying to single hand the rod and the end result is they get beat up. A switch rod is a deadly tool, I use them often, if you know spey techniques. If not they are just a really heavy single hand rod.

So, go spey and learn the techniques. Then you will be deadly with a switch rod.

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Hi Tim,

Introductions are a good thing. When you say, 'getting rid of conventional gear' you don't mean your single hand rods do you? I still love to fish small creeks and my little rods get plenty of use every season. About rod length, I never had any big rods under 13'. I guess that once I find myself heading to a place too narrow for a 13 to be practical I take a 9' or whatever will fit and do what is known as 'single hand Spey casting'. You can become very efficient at this with some work.

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I found a rod for what I thought was a great price so I didn't wanna miss out. I grabbed a cabelas lsi 6 wt switch, for 80 bucks. I know what you're thinking, I'm gonna try and overhand the rod, but I've watched hundreds of videos so hopefully I'll remember them. I just thought I couldn't pass on this deal. I'm waiting on my skagit to get shipped to me, and I'll let you know how my first outing goes!

Oh and when I say I'm getting rid of conventional gear I meant spinning and casting rods haha
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Hey bud, welcome.

I fish the North Umpqua all the time. PM me if you wanna hit it sometime.
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