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Hi folks, just a new guy here at the forum and I have a question for all y'all. I'm just about done building me my first two-handed rod and I was told by numerous folks that learning to cast a spey rod is best done with a floating line.
My question is would the mid-spey be a good choice in the beginning? The rod is a Forecast 14' 9/10. I am planning on using it for fishing the Sky mostly, but perhaps when I get comfortable with it I might try the Skagit. First I was thinking perhaps buying the mid spey w/tips, but I don't know if this would be a good choice for a beginner. Any thoughts?
Perhaps when I get more competent with it I can put a braided loop on the end and buy the Rio tips.
 

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Come on down to the River Run get together every Saturday at the mouth of the Tolt. Aaron should be able find something that you will like.
 

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Yeah I've been trying to do that for awhile now, but most the time I'm working up here in the shop on Sat. and the one Saturday I don't work my wife has to work her one saturday per month. So I'm pretty much winging it on my own somewhat.
I'm going to try and get down there on one of these Fridays and just have a chit chat with'em down there. I figure that can be worth it's weight in gold.
 

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Listen to K1, he'll save you a fortune on lines!

If you truly can't make it to Aaron's Saturday morning gatherings on the river, an alternative would be to drop by his shop when he is open on Thursdays or Fridays. I'm sure he'll set you up with a line or two and send you down to the river to play.

As an owner of two of the smaller rods in the Forecast series, let me warn you that these sticks perform far better with heavier lines than their advertised ratings. I'm betting that if you just buy the rated line, you will soon be one of the many that dump their two-handed stuff on eBay.
 

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Yeah I've been trying to decide whether I should try the 725gr 9/10, the 875gr 10/11 or even take it up to the 1100gr. 11/12, all are Mid-Spey.

I haven't found much info for the 14'er as I have found for the shorter sticks, that's why I figured I would just ask see what y'all have to say about it.

I appreciate y'all insights.
 

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Harley,

Since you are new to spey casting, going up one line size to the 10/11 MidSpey from the rod's rated 9/10 would possibly be better for you since it will put a bigger load on the rod and let you "feel" the rod load and unload to a higher degree until you get your technique down, which usually takes a few years. The 1100 gr 11/12 MidSpey would be far too heavy for the rod and overload it badly, which could lead to a broken rod.

At any rate, be careful about going two line sizes up from the rod's rated line weight. Doing so would be the same as taking a 5 wt single-hand rod and lining it with a 7 or even 8 wt line. In other words, you are looking for trouble doing so unless you are never going to cast more than 55', something I think is highly unlikely. And I've seen far more people give up on spey casting and 2-hand rods because they bought lines that are too heavy, than those who bought lines of the same rating as the rod.
 

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Thanks flytyer...that's what I have been wondering. I've been fishing single handed rods for ever, but never tried two-handed rods untill now. So I didn't know what grain weight would most likely be too much for my given rod. At least with the rods I have I tend to stay with the designated line weights, but I am constantly reading that speys differ in this aspect.

Thanks to everybody!!!
 

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I may be slow but,

Sorry to think of this so late, but Aaron's SpeyFair will be held in Carnation (Tolt-McDonald Park) on 21-23 October. That gives you a Friday or a Sunday to get over there even if you have the duty on Saturday.

Some of the country's best two-handed casters will be there including many guys like, flytyer. Most of the major rod and flyline makers will also be represented. Why don't you plan to bring that new Forecast to the event on one of those days and dial in a line with the help of the Aaron and many other true pros?
 
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