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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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One hand rod for River Dee?

Hello, I'm a fairly experienced troutflyfisherman who is about to take the step to salmon fishing. Iwould like to use my thomas and thomas singel hand rod #8/9 along with my tibor reel backcountry wide #9 +200 yds. But as I plan a trip to river Dee I dont want to look stupid not having a 15" double handed rod, I ask you more salmon experienced fishermen: do I need to bring a double handed rod?
(I think I will manage with one handed, but I am a beginner to salmon)
Greatful for any advice.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 04:13 PM
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Yes, you can still work away with a single handed rod, especially if the water level is lower or you are fishing further upriver where the pools start to narrow and shallow. In higher water or early in the season when you are working larger/heavier flies, a double handed rod will certainly be more effective though.
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Thank you very much!
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Call up your ghille and ask how much back cast room you will have on the beat you will be fishing. Main reason double hand aka Spey casting was developed was the lack of open space for back casts. When you're there make sure to take a few distillery tours, the Glenfiddich tour is free and includes 3 drams of scotch.
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Good advice, thanks!
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I think it's immoral and unethical, if not downright illegal, to cast single hand rods for salmon in Scotland. Tradition, tradition, tradition . . .
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Guess you are right.. Ill get that five piece 15" rod from thomas and thomas.
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