I would agree with the Jetstream if I only needed a floater but I am assuming one would also need tips on this trip and I have yet to cast one that has been cut. A floater on the Kispiox is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.
Carron Jetstream - a long belly so the stripping is minimal, yet not too long so as to still load well for shorter casts/smaller rivers. While I haven't cast a cut Jetstream - I cannot imagine it not being equally awesome.
I could also choose a Rio Accellerator - for the exact same reasons listed above - except I have fished a cut one for years - so I know it handles tips like a champ.
For the rivers I fish (medium-size water; stripping the fly to keep it moving at the end of the swing) either the Rio WindCutter Spey #8/9/10 w/tips or the Airflo Delta Spey #8/9 w/tips is the perfect complement.
As for one rod, I'm still trying to figure that out...
Dry line? Wulff TT hands down- for me, great fishing in close, and loves to stretch out across the river.
Tips? Tough choice between XLT or Accelerator ( w/hingectomy), both cut for tips. Depends on the rod.
Now the rod, hmmm. That the rub. OK GP, when are we leaving???
As a prure casting line for long leaders, etc., over all the best I've ever used. Only 'tweek' I've noticed with the line is the light 6-7 does need about 3 foot clipped off the end if you're going to cast long leaders/heavy/two fly set ups.
The 7-8, and so on, doesn't display this tendency (leader laying out flat to water/up stream of the line on longer casts) for me, unless I'm out beyond a 16' leader system. (Now, is that a 'run-on' sentence or what? Mom must be rolling over in her grave.)
What got me going on the quest for one line that does it all? I like to think of my self as a less is more kind of guy, so every now and again when I look at my flexy file full of lines that go on trips with me, I become a bit disgusted. Seeking a simpler existence. ONE very versatile line. But being a true spey geek, I am in full agreement with Willie Gun, it can't be done.
However, back to the Question...let me rephrase a bit. The tour will be going to all medium to large rivers with salmon, steelhead and will include the sea run browns. This will probably take us 4 or 5 years. How are we going to pay for a thousand or so spey casters to fly and fish for 5 solid years to all points of the planet? Simple, we convince President Bush to pull out of Iraq one day early and with the money he saves from one day of operation he sponsors our good will tour. We will have enough money left over to buy our own Speypages bonefish island somewhere. (disclaimer, this is not a knock on our boys and girls in Iraq. God bless them.)
You have to choose one line that will handle all, not one for tips and one dry, that IS the rub. Like Sinktip said "you do not want to show up to a gun fight with a knife". This being said, I do understand those that like to fish how they fish and some time would rather stick to full floaters despite the futility (you will most likely lose that particular gun fight but you may have already won the war). You do not have to choose only one rod (that was going to be my next thread). Remember, planet Earth is your home water, so think is broad terms.
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