Spey Rod what is the best length?

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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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    Default Spey Rod what is the best length?

    If you were going to purchase a new Spey Rod what in your opinion would be the ideal length and why?

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    What size river are you planning to fish?

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    I'm assuming what you're really asking is the following:

    For each of us. based on our own circumstances, if you could only buy one all-round spey rod what length would it be?

    I'm only a handful of years into casting double-handed rods, so take my opinion for what it's worth, but I chose 13' because it's short enough to still be able to fish small(er) flows, while being long enough that I can cover big(ger) water. I would probably have it be a 7/8 weight if I had to choose that as well.

    I currently own a 12'6" six-weight for smaller fish and rivers, and a 13'6" 8/9 weight for bigger fish and rivers. I could probably manage both with a 13' rod in a pinch.

    To me a 13' 7/8 weight rod is the spey equivalent of a 9'6" six-weight single-hander for fishing here in BC.
    Last edited by Tex; 11-26-2012 at 01:29 PM.

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    My 1307 LS2 gets the most use, my first spey I bought blind maybe 7 years ago still my favourite after buying and selling many more.

    But to answer the question I would probably grad a 12'6 if I were to buy a new one. It is a length that has intrigued me and I have only casted that length a few times. It would also fill a hole in my arsenal (12, 13, 13.6 and 15 footers).

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    I bought a 12' Pieroway Metal Detector 2 years ago. It is perfect for coho and steelhead. I like the rod a lot, and it seems to cast really well for me, especially after nipping back a bit of the shooting head. I have put in very long days without much arm fatigue.

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    13'6" was my choice, probably around an 8wt. I currently have a 12'6" med. 8wt and a fast 14' 9wt for most of my river fishing. I've got a couple others, but if I was going to pick one size I'd say 13'6" is a good all around rod. Now if we were talking a specific flow or species that answer may change.
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    My 8136 Z Axis gets most of my water time···i find its the perfect length and action for tossing those lines on big and medium sized water.

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    Same rod I have. I love it. Beach fish for coho, pinks. Landed some bigger fish up in the Kitimat this summer. Not something I'd target springs with.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Finder View Post
    My 8136 Z Axis gets most of my water time···i find its the perfect length and action for tossing those lines on big and medium sized water.

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    I ran 14' 9 wt as my first and it covers any species in a decent size river that I target (though rather heavy for trout)... I find that the height of the rod would change depending on how high that tip needs to be to cast the line matched to it in your typical situation. If I am up to my chest i need every inch to get a decent cast. Then I would match the weight to conditions and species.

    Like most things having a couple options is beauty if you can. I would like to have a 11'-12' or so in a lighter weight (switch) to round out my fishing habits. I am fairly confident that these two would satisfy my needs.....but that has been said and proven wrong before....I swear honey it's the last one I will ever need!
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    You know which one I have bro...that's my preference. I've tried a few shorter and longer, but always seem to prefer the green. Not sure if that's just because its what I started with or not, but its versatile...aside for an occasional pass at those chrome squish chum, it's all for steel, and it fits most rivers quite well, big or small.

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