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I have fished all ways but spey and am very much interested in taking the plunge into the world of two handers. Any advice on what gear to get started with would be much apreciated.. I don't want to waste my time buying junk and I don't want to trade in what's left of my retirement cash on buying high end gear that I won't appreciate. What are the real advantages to spey?
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One thing you should do is to visit the Speypages.com site. Tons of information on spey fishing, tackle, techniques, and on and on. I am just getting into spey fishing too, but once you take the big step into spey fishing, you will definitely notice your wallet getting lighter. ;D
 

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that isnt fully true D. my spey rod only ran me $300 bucks and is a great stick (Echo 9140) i love it and will be using it for years to come. my reel however (Bauer JM5) ran me $250 used (mint condition)

If you can hold out on buying a spey setup you should hit one of the Spey Claves held by a couple of the local shops around here. I know that Reaction Fly & Tackle and Michael & Young both do one. they are both in the spring and a great thing to go to for a guy looking to get into spey fishing. there will be several rods in different weights and lengths to test out.

happy shopping :thumbup:

the pro's i have found with spey casting for salmon is more time fishing, less time casting.
 

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HOOK said:
i have found with spey casting for salmon is more time fishing, less time casting.
Advatages to Spey casting double handed rods over single hand casting, eliminates false casting which is ideal in tight spaces, makes mending much easier due to the longer rod. Allows you to toss heavier tips and flies without over loading the rod. It also can allow you to cover more water effectively and faster.

Finder :cheers:
 
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All great advise , but I live in the Okanagan and am not as spoiled as you guys out there as far as places to shop and places to fish. Maybe now with no toll on the Coq. I can make a few more trips west.
Thanks. I'm absorbing as much of this info as the upstairs empty room allows.
Is there a recommended length to start. I have lots of experience with long casting regular fly rods.
 

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HOOK said:
that isnt fully true D. my spey rod only ran me $300 bucks and is a great stick (Echo 9140) i love it and will be using it for years to come. my reel however (Bauer JM5) ran me $250 used (mint condition)

If you can hold out on buying a spey setup you should hit one of the Spey Claves held by a couple of the local shops around here. I know that Reaction Fly & Tackle and Michael & Young both do one. they are both in the spring and a great thing to go to for a guy looking to get into spey fishing. there will be several rods in different weights and lengths to test out.

happy shopping :thumbup:

the pro's i have found with spey casting for salmon is more time fishing, less time casting.
so your telling me your 300$ rod is better than my 800$ sage z-axis........I think you should cast a quality rod before you make that assumption.
 

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I have heard Echo's are decent rods for the price, that said I am sure sage makes great rods as well. I own 2 sages and 1 echo and love all three equally (OK I will admit maybe I love my sages just a little more).

Lets stick with giving beveratt sound advise and not get into belittling other members choice in rods.

Thanks :)
 
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Dfisher said:
One thing you should do is to visit the Speypages.com site. Tons of information on spey fishing, tackle, techniques, and on and on. I am just getting into spey fishing too, but once you take the big step into spey fishing, you will definitely notice your wallet getting lighter. ;D
Thanks for the tip on this website, tons of information .
 
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I have heard Echo's are decent rods for the price, that said I am sure sage makes great rods as well. I own 2 sages and 1 echo and love all three equally (OK I will admit maybe I love my sages just a little more).

Lets stick with giving beveratt sound advise and not get into belittling other members choice in rods.

Thanks :)
Thanks. I have quality fly rods and a cheap pack rod that I have probably caught more fish with than all my others combined translating into tons of fun. It casts pretty well and has held up for many years. I guess what I'm looking for is what is junk, what will do well without breaking the bank and not make me wish I hadn't bought it. High end equipment is not usually where people start out till they get a feel for the style.
Any recommendations regarding reels and lines? In flyfishing the reel is not near as important as the rod but I suspect that because of the size of fish in Spey casting it may be moreso.
Bob
 

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any reel that can fit a ton of backing and the spey line (fly line) and also has a decent drag system is all you need. So basically its your own preference what reel to go with :thumbup:
 

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Actually ther is a bit more to it than HOOK would have you think. You should be looking for a large arbour reel (allows for rapid retrieval when your fish turns) and a good (not just decent) disc drag that is easily and reliably adjustable. Naturally you will want to match the reel to the rod in terms of balance as well. As for lines, there are many options and most have been discussed in previous threads on this forum and cover the topic much better than I can. They are easy to find if you just check the rest of the spey threads. Good luck.
 

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A large arbour reel is not always good, it is good for picking up line but try to fit 200 yrds of backing and a 9-10 wt speyline with a 100 foot head. most reels wont hold it.

I would say go with the sage VT2 I own a couple and love them I think they are under 400 retail.

I have found, if you find a rod you like, cheap out on the reel, but spend your money on a good line.
 

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As for reels, disc is not mandatory.
All my favourite spey reels are click pawl.
They have been made and used for centuries.
Very little to break down and they sound great!
Besides that, who doesn't like to drive a standard?

The older style wide drum reels with a standard arbour work great for
line pick up as well.
Just fill em up with tons O' backing and you are good to go.
The bottom half of your backing may never see the light of day,
but who cares.

Just my :2cents:

Tight lines
 

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Bev Dude, ya don't need no two hander to spey cast...your single hander will do just fine. Find yourself a decent line (one with a defined head for anchor casts) & just get out & start practising. Expensive gear is way overrated, but like others have said, a good line is not.

Get a good instructor!! This will tighten that learning curve & maybe they will have some different rods to try :thumbup:

Spey fishing is not for everyone, test what ya like before making that big purchase, two-handed opportunities are dwindling in this great province :'(

Good luck & tight loops
 

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SteelyDan said:
How do you guys think the new trophy xl tyee reel would fair as a spey reel? Holds 500 yards of #20 mono apparently
Considering its a mooching reel, I would say it wouldn`t work ;) but thats just me talking, I would say that about anything that is not... ;)

You could use it and it would work, after all its just holding the line. If you look around and do some research you will find a nice reel for the same money!!

:cheers: Rick
 
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