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Has anyone cast the 6-wt "hand and a half" Spey stick that Cabela has? It seems like it would be a fun rod for trout and smallmouth.
 

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Love it!

I tried it and can either two or one-hand cast very easily. It's a very nice progressive action rod that will throw a 7wt DT easily. Also tried the 6-7-8 Windcutter - it will throw it but it's definitely a bit heavy for that rod.

Might be a bit light for steehead (unless half pounders) though.

My .02,

DS
 

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We'uns ain't got no steelhead in the Ozarks!

Thanks for your prompt and complete reply. I've been playing a 9-wt Scott but it's way too much rod for this area (I bought it to overhead cast the surf on a couple of trips to the salt every year). However, it has really given me the bug for the grace and pleasure of the two-handed rod. So-o-o, out comes the credit card....
 

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Cabela's 6-wt.

I recently got one. I wanted the extra length for better drifts when "indy" fishing for Lake Ontario tribs. I "guessed" that a 9/10 wt reel would balance it - loaded with backing and a 6 wt. double taper balanced it nicely for me (it did). I took it on a shakedown trip the other day, and it did all I wanted it to. Not too much cooperation from the fish, but I did manage a 6 or 7 lb. lake run brown - and she put up a nice fight, and I was able to control her nicely and keep the fight reasonably short - a lot like a steelie of the same size. I'm just learning to "spey" (first time I tried it), but it worked OK. I am really pleased with it. I think you'll be pleased with it. Just remember to get all your line and fly (or popper, or whatever) to the surface before attempting to cast. Takes a little time and a little experimentation to get used to the rhythm, but it really works nice for medium to medium-large streams. I don't know how it would work on a really big river, but there aren't any around here.

BobK
 

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Cabela's 6-wt in hand

OK, I bought one and tried it this Sunday.... I like it (I guess), but it's taking some getting used to. Being a type-A personality caster I feel like I have time to go out for coffee while it's loading on the backcast. The perceived slowness of the rod is just that, "perceived." It is a progressive action as Doublespey says, and definately NOT an intermediate fast action like the catalog says. :rolleyes: I fished it with a 7-wt Wulff longbelly that may be overloading it a bit (my experience with progressive actions is too limited to make an accurate judgement) so I'll borrow a 6-wt line for my next outing and try that.

I will say this: it's well-made and suited to the purpose for which I bought it (trout and smallmouth). It should be a lot of fun once I get smooth with it. As it is, I was getting a lot of stares at the State Trout Park at Bennett Spring (Missouri).
 

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Hey, Maxwell-

My trial trip (first use) was with a 6-wt. double taper. I just put a 7-wt. double taper on it to try. (works OK on my snow-covered lawn! Now to try it fishing!) I think the long belly spey would be a little too much for it - but that my opinion and depends.

Are you going to spey cast with it, or conventional cast? If you are going to conventional cast with it (even two handed), a standard weight forward might be more in order. Just a guess on my part - I have enough (good) lines around the house so I can screw with trying different types (More money than good sense, I guess!).

But a lot really depends on the type casting you are going to do. If you can, experiment until you find the right line for YOUR application.

Just my opinion.

BobK
 

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My intention is to use this rod to Spey cast whenever appropriate. So far I have only been able to fish it at the State Trout Park which even at this time of year is somewhat crowded. I am looking forward to taking it to the White in Arkansas -- the White is quite a bit wider and less like Jones Beach on the Fourth of July as far as people per square meter. So far the long belly seems to be working pretty well and I've been able to handle measured 60-foot snake rolls. However, I do think trying a 6wt Wulff Triangle Taper would be worthwhile....

Thanks for the feedback.
 
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