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Hi all,

Its been 6 years since I touched a spey rod so need some advice. Am considering a Batson 11'6 #6/7 on ebay and am wondering if that will cast an Orvis Wonderline Advantage Spey #6 or #7, I have both of these lines. I also have a bunch of Hardy DT lines that I don't mind cutting if necessary.

I am also looking at a Reddington 12'6 #7 but that's a-3 piece and the Batson is a 4-piece which makes quite a difference since I am going to do a fair bit of flying. I hear the Batson is somewhere between a fast and traditional, and the Reddington I'm looking at is a traditional

I basically want to cast small EP flies and #2 clousers a fair distance in saltwater with a fair bit of wind so I think if it casts anything up-to a 2.5-inch eggsuckingleech with dumbell eyes, it will be perfect.

I had a Daiwa Lochmor (think it was 14ft) and a Lamiglass, which I had to sell for college, and a couple of scottish rods that I have been trying for the last couple of years to get back from a friend I lent them to (he can't find time to send them). So I have a little past experience with speys. Used to fish Berrien Springs Michigan and Zappa Park Indiana for steelies but am now in Australia where the fish are just out of reach.

Any advice/opinons welcome. I can only afford one rod though.

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Desmond
 

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Welcome to the board.

Maxg, a member lives and fishes in that area. Send him a personal message from the User CP. He should have some good insight on the fishing you might be able to do and the equipment that would work well.
 

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Recommended line for Batson?

Thanks T,

Will definately get in touch with Maxg and see where on this continent he's at. I'm on the West Coast and the fishing here is not fantastic, but will move to the East Coast next year and hear that's better.

Anyway, I bought the Batson 11'6 #6/7 spey and would like some tips on what line might pair nicely with it. I already have the Orvis Wonderline Advantage Spey #6 and #7 lines, does anyone know if these will cast well on this rod? Would a regular Hardy DT #10 cast alright?

And if I'm overhead casting, what regular fly lines might I be able to use? Could I use a SA or Orvis WF #7, 8, 9 or 10 that I run on my regular fly rods?

Sorry for so many questions. It's been a while since I've been on the water, so I'd like some quality practice before I get the lines wet. Having the right setup from get-go would help.
 
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I live in Yanchep Western Australia, where about are you. WA fishing is a hell of a lot better than the east, right now the GT's and queenfish are around the jetty at Carnarvon. And thats like being in a hell on wheels situation. Pure mayhem.For DH rods I suggest a phone call to Barry Ryan, 07 55740047 he has a couple of DH overhead models, a 12' and a 14' which are pretty cheap in comparison to overseas models. You could consider a TFO 12x12. You can have a look at my stash, I have both TalonRA's and a TFO 12x12plus a 15 foot TalonGraphite 10/11. Give me a ring, 08 95611394. MaxG
 

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Hi Max,

Certainly was a pleasure to speak to you tonight. Gotta thank T for providing your name. Didn't know anywone did the Spey thing over here, understand overhead casting with a DH is a little different. Would love to meet up and swap notes some time.

I'm over at Jandakot airport just South of Perth and am always on the lookout for a nice place to fish and cool people to hang out with. A bit constrained by my schedule, so it's hard to get too far from Jandakot Airport, but Yanchep isn't too far and I would be happy to drive up for a chat.

As I mentioned before, it's been a good while since I've laid hands on a Spey Rod but am looking to get back into it without whipping myself in the back. Would like to try the DH too. I'm also pretty new to Australia and will be in Perth only till the end of the year, and then on to Queensland for more training before I get shipped out - if all goes well!

Will call you if I'm not flying this weekend - probably Sunday. Or you can give me a call anytime you're around Perth City. Could meet up for coffee if I'm not held up at college. My number's 043 255 2190. Any like-minded folks can gimme a call too.

Tight lines
Desmond
 

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Try the Batson 11'6" 6/7 for overhead with 10 and 11 wt lines, 38' heads.
 

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Hmmm

Hi SSpey,

Thanks for the tip, but I've been away long enough to no longer understand what that means.

Did you mean that I can pair it with a regular WF line with a 38' head? I've got an Orvis Wonderline Advantage regular fly line that has a 6'front, 26'belly and 6'rear taper followed by running line. All that adds up to 38' in the front. Is this what you were trying to say?

I think for spey lines, the front , belly and rear taper are all added up and called the belly. Correct me if i'm wrong. Trying to understand the lingo here - pretty confusing so far.

Will try to meet up with Max some time and he will probably explain it all to me again.

Tight lines. Des
 

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Cool

Cool Steve!

Will give that a shot when the kit gets here and I get everything sorted out. Will let you guys know how it goes.

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Try the Orvis 7 wt Spey, but you may wish you had an 8 for this rod. The 6 will most likely be too light.

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Thanx for showing me around

Hi Max,

Thanx for showing me around the Yenchep area last weekend. It's a beautiful place. And thanks also for letting me try out your double handers. That's what I was looking for. Will let you know when I am free to swing by with my crazy schedule and see if we can't catch any fish.

Desmond (mar)
 
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