I have a 12' 5wt Sage Ultra light Spey rod. I have not yet decided as to what line to use with it. I plan to use it for dry line summer run steelhead. Any suggestions? How about the windcutter 5/6 or someone said a Scientific Anglers Steelhead taper.
I've tried many lines with the rod, including the Windcutter 5/6, Midspey 6/7, Sage line made for that rod (worst) and others. Believe it or not, the best line I found was an SA Steelhead Taper WF 9. Casts very well, and the long head (70+ ft., including long back taper) is nice for mending. The line numbers aren't comparable between standard and spey lines, but I was still surprised at the standard 9 weight. I did try the same line in #8, and it wasn't as good.
I put at Windcutter 5/6 on the rod, based on Speybum's advice in an earlier thread and it seems to be a good workable combination.
I find the rod really easy to overpower, ( not surprising I guess) and it is probably helping my technique ( which needs a bit of help by making me work on timing and finesse not power.
I had not thought of trying a SA Steelhead taper on the rod, I have a WF 8 spooled up so will give it a go.
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