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OK all, its been a while since anyone posed a rod count. There are some new people around, and I'm sure some of the people who have been around a while may have picked up a rod or two in the meantime. So here it is, HOW MANY TWO HANDERS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE? And for those who did this last time, what changes have there been. OK, OK, Fred and Dana, you are exempt! Don't want to get you in trouble:D

Kush, stay out of Dana's closet!

Oh, I'm at a lowly two. 7136IIIe, and a lovely Steelhead Specialist!
 

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Peter,

There are advantages to not being married;)

Come on, don't be shy! Why would I want to get my brothers in hot water? Really, no blackmail here!
 

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Nice rods...!!

Since we are talking rods...

What cast would be appropriate in a situation like this?
Single or double spey??


Let me know if you catch a fish.....
I want to see you land it!!! :confused:

Ann
 

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Peter, what's your wife's email address:devil:

Naw, your secrets safe here!!

Yes, Brian, flyshop life does have it's rewards! Of course eating well isn't one of them!
 

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Sorry

Peter,
It's true!

When you work at a shop all the reps. want you to try there stuff!
I stand 6'1" and tip the scales 300+:whoa:
 

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This sucker Have 3 two hander.
G.Loomis 13' # 7/8wt
Hardy Gem 13' # 9wt
Løvstad 15' # 11/12wt

The last rod is made by Morten løvstad, A norwegian who lived in the us a long time and making casting rods. In the beginning of 1990's he moved back to norway to make fishingrods, and again he moved back to the us for making castingrods again.
After this i dont know what happend to him.
My løvstad rod is made in 95/96 and the blank is from Talon.
I think it was around 95/96 he moved back to us
 

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Self affirming threads . . . O K I'm in!
I currently own 2 rods, which is 1 down from last year. I can't tell which one I like better. They are both quite different and subject to widely diverse opinions from this board.

SAGE 9140-4 [brown]
WINSTON 9/10 Derek Brown fave 15 ft.

All reviews aside they are both a pleasure to cast.
N I
 

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double handed rods

i am away from home so i cant check, but under 100 i think. i collect old greenheart rods as well as being tackle tart, and sucker.
 

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CND Salar
CND Skagit
FLO 1307
Loop Green 8124
Loop Yellow 9132
Loop Yellow 9140
Sage 10150
Sage 5120
Talon Midgar 13' 9/10

Lost one and gained four.

Matt Burke
 

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From the exit poles, sure looks like the numbers are up in 04! I guess its been a darn good year then!

Keep it coming!
 

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what a FINE addiction!

i've got all sorts of rods hid out all over the place,but for two handed salmon rods;12,anyone looking to bulk up!?i'm always searching for another `magic wanda',,er,,,, wand,,:hehe:
 

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collection just starting

not much to fill in.

flo1307
flo1409

soon to be a Mesier 13' 5/6 or 13' 6/7. I have both for eval and I'm having a hard time deciding. I like making these tough decisions.

Gary
 

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from tiny to the big boys

Cabelas 11'3" 6wt (really a full flex AFTMA 5/6)
Cabelas customized 11' FT plus 5" bottom handle
(quick progressive stick with power, 5/6)
Sage 6126 brown
Orvis 1267 Silver
Sage 8124
CND Steelhead Specialist
Sage 10160

I think I've got all the bases covered...until the next "gotta-have" comes along.

I enjoyed casting Bob Meiser's 13' 5/6 and 6/7 today courtesy of Voodoofly. So I dunno if I can hold at the 7 above, though maybe one will have to make a space.

Carl
 

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I have 3, my wife 1, and each of my two teenage sons have 1. I will get a 4th for myself if and when a U.S. rod maker produces a 17' to 17'9" 11/12 fast-action rod that I can use my 10/11 GrandSpey on without it feeling heavy. Also, I will most likely get my wife another one this summer.
 

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Sage 8150-4
Scott 1510-4
T&T 1307-3
T&T 1509-3
CND Salmo Salar Specialist

and hopefully, someday soon, a CND Spey Tracker
 

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Not nearly enough!

But I'm workin on it. Currently:

CND 13' 6/7 Expert
CND 14' 9/10 Expert
Fenwick HMG 14' 9/10

Holding out hope for excess funds. Possibly the Speytracker 12' 5 weight (Juro??!):eyecrazy: ;) :smokin:
 

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He who dies with the most toys...is still dead

This is revealing. Adding them up, I find that I have eleven spey rods (including seven that I built and two that I reworked):

12-1/2' 7/8 Diamondback
13-1/2' 8/9 Diamondback
1409-4 Sage (the "old brownie")
1509-4 Sage
15' 9/10 Bruce & Walker (slow)
15' 10/11 G. Loomis (even slower)
15' 10/11 Angler's Workshop (fast)
15' 10/11 Cabela's (medium)
15' 11 J. Forrest greenheart (possibly the slowest spey rod in North America; certainly one of the heaviest)
1511 Thomas & Thomas
16' 10/12 Daiwa Alltmor

This selection indicates my preference for larger rods and larger streams (for smaller streams, I revert to single-handers), and for bargain blanks.
I could get along nicely with the Sage 1409-4 and the 16' Alltmor. If limited to one
:whoa: I'd pick the 1509-4 Sage. The 1409-4 is as fun and friendly as a Labrador puppy. It will do anything that I need done within 70 feet or so, unless the river is full of megafauna. And when it's needed, the Alltmor is as capable as a diesel-engine Suburban. Sure, I like to see how far I can cast. Yesterday on the Mixer, the Alltmor was consistantly hitting 100 feet with a marked and measured line, and that's off my weak side. I've cast to 112 feet from my stronger side. That's plenty for a 61-year-old with arthritis.
Or if it can be arranged, I'd trade the lot for my choice of three CND's.
 

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and probably with a DT line,,mac's the guy that i'd love to follow downriver,,,when are you coming out with your book!
 

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Peter,

Regarding what I think of my sticks, here goes.

The first 2-hander I bought some 13 years ago was the Sage 9140-4. It was OK; but I never really liked its slowness and lack of power. It is now being used by my wife and she is not liking its slowness either, so I will be getting her a faster rod. She really likes the T&T 1307.

Because the slowness of the 9140-4 was driving me nuts. I went looking for two new rods that were faster and with more powerful butts than the 9140-4. After casting a lot of rods, I decided on a T&T 1611 for chum and winter steelhead, and a Loomis GLX 13' 8/9 for summer steelhead and silvers. I got both of these rods 7 years ago and have never regretted it.

The 1611 is a fast, very powerful big rod and it has the type of action I like, fast and progressive. It is a big rod that gives a wonderful command of the water. Initially, I used Accelerator and Windcutter with Upgrade lines on it in 10/11. I now use a 9/10 GrandSpey with 10 wt sinktips on it and really like the way it feels and casts it.

The Loomis GLX 13' 8/9 was the fastest 13' 8/9 on the market when I bought it, and it is still the fastest 13' 8/9 rod I've cast. I initially used an 8/9 Accelerator with it; but have now switched to an 8/9 MidSpey or a 7/8 Grandspey. It is a dream with an 8/9 mid-belly line or the 7/8 Grandspey. A fast, progressive and powerful 13 ft 8/9 rod. Out of all the 13' rods I've cast, this is still my favorite.

I picked up a T&T 1510-3 last year because it was the 15' rod I had decided was right for me after casting a whole pile of 15' rods. It is the rod I use for all mid-sized rivers and all but the largest rivers for summer steelhead and I fish it with an 8/9 GrandSpey that I use 9 wt sinktips on. The fast, progressive action and long belly line is a wonderful combination that allows me to cast and fish skaters and greased line wets up to 100 ft without stripping or shooting any line, while allowing longer casts with minimal amounts of line being shot or stripped.

These T&T and GLX rods have an action that allows me to use both upper and lower hands together to load and power a cast without the rods folding or adding shocks to the line. My casting style of pushing with the top hand while simultaneously pulling with my bottom hand creates a lot of rod loading and line speed. However, this style of casting easily overloads slow and most medium action rods, which is why I do not like them.
 
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