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View Poll Results: What would be your ideal length in a Spey Rod

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  • 15'

    2 3.70%
  • 14'

    5 9.26%
  • 13'6"

    15 27.78%
  • 13'

    12 22.22%
  • 12'6"

    9 16.67%
  • 12'

    3 5.56%
  • 11'8"

    3 5.56%
  • Switch Rod

    5 9.26%
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    My 2 new favourite rods are Sage TCX-8119 switch rod! Extremely fast and a blast to cast! The other one is the "Death Star" TCX 7126. This rod can launch them like no tomorrow! Absolutely love it!! Got into some coho with it these past few days and find the longer rods make for easier casting!! Although the 8119 is like a mini spey because of the 11'9" length it casts a mile too!!

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    Default Spey Rod what is the best length?

    11'9" Skagit Cannon Fly rods 6-9wt ...why because I can cast them 135' with a 575 gr skagit max short and 12' of t-10...they come with an extra tip section , are reasonably priced at $500 US, are light , comfortable, easy on the eyes ....basically, they flat "throw some rope"
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    First rod I got was an echo classic 10'9'' 8 weight switch rod set up for Skagit casting. Easiest to learn, efficiently covers water and fun, with a nice sage reel I dropped 750 backing line shooting head included. Great rod.

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    have a switch now but looking for a 13-13'6" 8 wt spey pretty soon.

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    I have a 1309 4 piece which I built. Its my only rod so I guess I'll vote 13 feet. I can do an excellent job of casting it everywhere it should not go (ear, back of the head, shoulder, local trees) and occasionally even into the water.......

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    I have a 14 ft 9 wt and a 11'10" 8 wt. If I knew then what I know now I would have probably have bought a 6 or 7 wt switch and an 8 wt 13'6" spey. Kudos to the 9 wt for being able to nearly knock me unconscious when braining myself in the back of the head with a heavy fly. A wide brim hat like my Akubra or similar helps somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrgh! View Post
    Kudos to the 9 wt for being able to nearly knock me unconscious when braining myself in the back of the head with a heavy fly. A wide brim hat like my Akubra or similar helps somewhat.
    I'm not surprised, I've seen you with the spey.... (not that I should be throwing stones in a glass house, I will only fish with my Spey within 30 minutes travel time of a hospital).

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    I have a 12'6 6wt, Spey and a 10'10 8wt Switch. Im current wish list is for another light switch rod like a 10'6, 4/5wt.

    But ultimately it depends on the species you are targeting and the type of water you wanna fish. One way to look at it is to build your set up from the fly and work back to the rod. Fly, leader, tip, line reel, and finally rod. For example: If you want to fish steelhead in deep faster water with big intruder style flies then you need sat a 10' of T-14 or T-11, you want a skagit line depending on your experience lines between 480- 675 grain (6wt-9wt) will toss these tips. Rod length is actually tricky to predict as your casting stroke/style, and length of the belly in your line need to be considered. I remember being told that the belly of line should be no more than 2.5 times the rod length ... so a 12'6 rod shouldn't be casting a belly longer than 36'. ... i better stop before i confuse myself

    hope this helps

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