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Hi Guys and Gals,

Well I just scored a sweet job in Terrace and I will be moving up there in mid june. I have been wanting to get a two hander for a while and figure I have to now. Just wondering what would be a good all around choice for the area. I plan on exploring all different rivers up there.

Currently I am considering either a Loop 9140 or 9132 Yellow. These rods have been recommended by many to me. Would the longer rod be a better choice for up there? Any other rod suggestions.

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Dave
 

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I have always enjoyed by scot arc 1509. stout rod for big fish!

good luck up there, post your fishing reports!

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Dave,

The possibilities are vast in the Terrace area, so I think you are wise to look for a real all round rod. Some of the fish are huge and others not so much, fishing the mainstem Skeena can require some long casts and many of the tribs like the Copper or the Kispiox are more intimate.

CND's "all-rounder" is the 14'4" Steelhead Specialist and it is sweet and its progressive action allows it to deal effectively with the aforementioned variations of river and fish sizes. If one was wanting to have one top-quality rod to match as many conditions as possible they could do alot worse than the 14'4" (BTW, if you are "stuck" on a Loop - go with the 9140 Yellow...).

As you are in Vancouver, you could check out the Steelhead Specialist at Anglers West or that other big shop (that doesn't sponsor Spey Pages :tsk_tsk: ). Barring that, PM me and maybe we can get together and you can check out the rod.
 

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Tyler knows what he is talking about.

I have the loop yellow 14' 9 wt and it is a great rod. In fact I find myself going to it more and more without even thinking about it. I is such a nice smooth casting rod and matched with the right line I think it is effortless.

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Thanks for the replies. It will still be a couple weeks before my purchase so I will keep looking around.

Cheers Dave
 

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If your gonna go with sgagit system you can go liter in weight and still throw tips. I hava a scott a2 1308 and it is a stiff rod. when you wiggle it only the top 3' move! But as I have learned to cast better, i have found this rod to be amazing. It weighs only 7.8 oz, very lite, but can chuck a line as far as you need it and is a joy to fish, great price to.

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In my experience up there, there's three types of fishing you should be thinking about:

1. floating line work with smaller flies for smaller fish in the Bulkly /Morrice and Clore, or in smaller streams like the Copper. My favorite Rod for that is the CND 13' 7/8

2. floating line or light tips with bigger flies on the Skeena mainstem where you can run into huge, bright fish and sometimes want to cast a long ways. I like my 14' Loop yellow there.

3. short casts,usually big flies on heavier tips for big fish on the Kispiox, or for winter fish in lower Skeena tribs. A Skagit-line system would be ideal. On the Kispiox I often use a CND 13' expert 8/9.

If I had to use one rod, I would think about the CND 13' expert 8/9 -- it's soft enough to Skagit-cast, but has enough snap to use more traditional types of floating lines. It's heavy enough to land big fish, light enough so you don't feel like overkill (and don't scare the crap out of spooky fish with a larger diameter than necessary line) on the Bulkley or Copper or Clore or other small not-to-be-named streams.

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Terrace spey rod

A 14 foot 9/10 rod is general purpose even for the small cutthroats. I was using the Loomis GLX stinger and also a "European" Sage. I like stiff rods if you dont get some thing else in the 14 foot 9/10 range. Hooking a "medium" (i.e. 40 -45 lb) size chinook is like hooking a freight train. The more so if the water is high and well oxygenated. A really big one 58 lb was much easier to land mind you under low and relatively warm water. A really good reel is a must. In hindsight the 12T CCF Nautilus with 400 yards of backing would be best. I have the 12 model and "only" 300 yards. You may not get the fish if he takes out that much line but you will get to keep your fly line. This is true for the Skeena that is very wide not true for the Kalum if the fish is well behaved and stays in the one pool. I used spiderwire stealth 50 lb test there are other gel spun that are good. Make yourself a winding machine and put on the gel spun very evenly and tight. Tricky to tie the knots that hold with the stuff. I used 2 nail knots to fly line and some super complex on to the reel hub. You must fish right on the bottom for the chinook which is a pain and requires a skagit line, windcutter, Teeny-400 with plenty long sinking tip. or T-14 from Rio. Forget fluorocarbon and stick to maxima or equivalent for the leader.
 
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