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I would like to get into trout spey fishing, coming from single handed rods. I thought I would try either a Sage One 2109 Trout Spey Rod or the 3110. Would you have any advice and experience with these rods?
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Both rods sound like a great place to start. Pick one and go for it. In short order you will have ten trout spey rods and five or six reels.
It will probably be worse than that. I already have 13 single handed rods and 23 reels. They cover 3wt - 8wt. You see where this is going??? I pulled the trigger and ordered a Sage One 3110 Trout Spey rod. I have read that a 250-275 grain Commando Head goes very nicely with it. Fun, fun, fun!
 

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It will probably be worse than that. I already have 13 single handed rods and 23 reels. They cover 3wt - 8wt. You see where this is going??? I pulled the trigger and ordered a Sage One 3110 Trout Spey rod. I have read that a 250-275 grain Commando Head goes very nicely with it. Fun, fun, fun!
The 275 sounds a little heavy for a Commando head. OPST "Sage rod list" recommendation for the Sage One 3110 is only 200gr. I tried the 225gr OPST smooth for a short time and it seemed about right but need more rod time with it to tell for sure.
http://www.opskagit.com/Sage.pdf

I have a Skagit Max Short 275gr (20ft head) that loads this rod nicely. Steve Godshall built me a Scandi line for it and it’s 250gr / 27ft going to try that next week.


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It will probably be worse than that. I already have 13 single handed rods and 23 reels. They cover 3wt - 8wt. You see where this is going??? I pulled the trigger and ordered a Sage One 3110 Trout Spey rod. I have read that a 250-275 grain Commando Head goes very nicely with it. Fun, fun, fun!
I would follow OPST's line chart for Sage and start with a 200g head. They seem to be pretty spot on with their recommendations and may require you adding some more tippet to round out your terminal end for a good anchor. Ive found the OPST heads are a different animal and pack a bit of punch. I have a Beulah 11' 8 wt that OPST recommends a 375g head for and I find the rod actually functions best with a 350 commando head and about a foot or two of overhang. I originally started with a 425 and had a hard time getting the rod to fire until I started going down in grain weight till I found the sweet spot. The OPST chart for Sage calls for a 425 for a Death Star. Id go lighter for your rod as they are beer can heads with lots of grain weight per foot.
 

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The 275 sounds a little heavy for a Commando head. OPST "Sage rod list" recommendation for the Sage One 3110 is only 200gr. I tried the 225gr OPST smooth for a short time and it seemed about right but need more rod time with it to tell for sure.
http://www.opskagit.com/Sage.pdf

I have a Skagit Max Short 275gr (20ft head) that loads this rod nicely. Steve Godshall built me a Scandi line for it and it’s 250gr / 27ft going to try that next week.


Jim Mc
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How wide are the rivers you fish?

Here in Missoula I fish very wide rivers, so I have a 15'6" Meiser trout rod, and a 13'6" Gary Anderson trout rod.

Personally, I just don't like fishing a 12'6" on a wide river.

Of course the problem with these long trout rods is getting lines to match. Ballistic makes mid-belly Scandi-type lines for these rods. For Skagit fishing I extend the length of the lines with cheaters that I built myself. (A floating Mow tip cut in in half makes two cheaters.)
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