07-23-2006, 07:59 AM
I was hoping someone can get me on the right track. I am building my first spey rod a med. fast 12'6" 7/8 weight and need some help learning how to get started. As I read there are just way to many line/head options. I plan on using the rod in medium sized rivers in water as deep as 6 feet. Can someone recomend a line a rookie could have some sucess with? I was thinking of starting with a floating line and then maybe make some heads for it with different grain wieghts. Also, referance materials, is there a good book or video that could get me started without overwelming me?
thanks for the help
Both the best book and video are authored by the same person, Simon Gawesworth. He is also one of the gurus at Rio Products.
The latest video and his book are the way to go, and no he is a born teacher so you won't be overwhelmed.
07-26-2007, 10:16 AM
Probably your best bet would be to find some way to try out line systems after your rod is complete.. maybe a dealer who has reels loaded with different lines.
Check Some of the dealers who sell a lot of spey equipment.
Otherwise a changeable head system might work.. you would have a running line and then could change out a skagit, scandi or custom made head that would be suitable for your rod and your casting preferences and would give you flexibility in differing conditions...winter, summer, etc.
Casting preferences usually come after you have had some casting experience with different rod and line combinations. Preferences are also determined by the kind of fishing circumstances you anticipate.. fishing deep, weighted flys, surface flys, size of river, etc.
Spey casting is simply more complicated than regular fly fishing because of the different approaches to casting and fishing conditions.