roballen2 said:Maybe i should also clarify a little. It's my belief that a spey rod should do the same job as the corresponding single handed rod.
This is of coure all just my BS opinion..
Maybe it is just my sucking two handed casting, but my BS opinion is a little different. By going up one to two line sizes in a two hander, I can make the same thing as a single hander. For instance:
Casting large, wind resistant flys, and getting them to turn over with consistancy: I can do this quite well with either a 6 or 7 weight single hander, yet I struggle to do this with my 7 weight spey rod
Casting weighted flies, same as above.
Now I am a MUCH better single handed caster than spey caster so that probably has a lot to do with my observations, but I have noticed enough while fishing to put some faith in it. Yes, I know this is off topic.
So to get on topic, any large open river with a run of 5-10 pound fish would be super for a 15' 8wt. I fish such a river a fair amount. Now could a 13 footer do the same job? Well, probably in my case, as I am not launching casts into the middle of this ditch, but for someone who doesn't suck at casting, there are a few runs that I know where a 100-120 foot cast would actualy fish pretty well, and the 15 footer would give some darn good line control.
As always just my .02