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Hello all,

I am a new member to the spey clave and am glad to have found such a pro-sounding forum.

Please tell your honest opinions on a good single handed trout "speytype" rod for under 400 dollars. Preferably a streamer rod with emphasis on roll and spey casting

Thanks in advance,

Nick
 

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Many rods out there that would qualify as single handed spey rods. Even some two handed rods that would qualify as single handers( the almighty 10' T&T :D). It all depends on what you plan to do with the rod. Are you actually spey casting or just roll casting. A great rod might be a 10' 6wt or 7wt rod with a longer extension butt. Orvis TLS is a great rod that has a 3" extender suited for one or two hand casting.

Check it out.
 

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DSM is a bit on the mark.

You can 'spey cast' with almost any single handed rod. It makes it easier if you have an extention put on the butt to length it out a bit.

A very inexpensive rod is the 11' 3'' redington (6wt). Spey casts very well with a light wt forward (WC) type line, or even a DT 7wt line. Don't know the present cost, but mine was $159 bucks a year ago. You may have to pay a few $ to get the extended butt built/installed, but a grand one or light two handed rod.
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I have an Orvis TLS 7# @ 10' with the extended butt, lined with the SA Steelhead Taper, and love the rod! I fish it predominately as a spey rod and only wish my spey casting with the "bonafide spey rods" went as well. Snake roll, snap-c, double spey work well. Price? Around $330 last I saw.

Oh, and it works with tips, provided you down size one weight on the sinktips (and trimming back the head about 17' or so). [Thanks, Sinktip!]

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P.S. One caveat - This setup does near to mid-distances well, but I go to double hauling overhead style for anything over 65'.
 

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Spey casting with single handers is great ,had a couple of Dutch Guys out with me on a rather bushy peice of Chalk stream in Berkshire (south of England ) fished with my 8' ft Bruce and walker blank finished by me and a silk line Single and double speys shocked my visitors and got the grayling who thought they were safe well hooked and returned .
Ive Spey cast with single handers from the Sage zero wt upwards ,those of you who have seen the Falkus video will know what can be done with a lite single hander ,theres loads of fish who wouldnt have been caught without some redirected roll casting .
 

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The trouble with spey casting, is you don't get to dry your fly! Your fly might float for a couple of casts but then your fishing wet. What might have shocked your friends is that you were"nymphing" on a chalkstream!!
 

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Chalk stream Ettiquette

I have a few near unsinkable patterns which when I,m truly happy with will share with fellow Spey casters .
The beat I was fishing in common with many of the chalkstreams allows Upstream nymph at this time of year .
there is a sad lack of mention these days of the great nymphers ,Skues the Heretic ,followed By Frank Sawyer and the great publicist Oliver Kite .
Often these days after our Mayfly hatch we have few hatches of Upwinged flys to bring the trout or indeed the grayling to attend to surface activity ,the beat I fished with my Dutch friends showed me Ephemeroptera 5/6 times during a 9am -7pm day -
25 years or more ago when I first fished this stretch the fly life was much more prolific ,and often would bring up winged flys home on my clothing ,which would transform into spinners at home in london and would wander around the apartment for days .
Really dont know why I,m rambling about fly life on a spey forum ,mustr go and tie some autumn salmon flys ,as Cumbria beckons :smokin: :smokin:
 
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