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tomd
03-08-2001, 10:50 AM
hey Juro, Josko is down in Andros and is trying a 12' 8wt T+T on the flats. he's having major problems, thought you might be able to help him out. Tom D below is the link

http://www.flyfishsaltwaters.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000292.html

juro
03-08-2001, 11:04 AM
I haven't tried long wands (2 hands) on tropical flats, although I've given some thought to fighting big stuff like tarpon or sharks with the big rods - the extended butt and bungee seemed to offer some advantage and I always wanted to try something like that. If it's anything like 30 pound chinook in a river or 20 pound chum, smokin' hot summer steelhead, 17 pound bluefish, or cow stripers, then it should be applicable.

As far as casting, I would imagine that if you can cast as far as you can see in the water then a single hander's fine for sight fishing.

I've been talking about two-handed rods out there for over a year and the majority have always been opposed to the concept (although things are changing lately), so I'll stick to less controversial topics like mission statements! http://www.flyfishingforum.com/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif

I'll send Josko (the world traveller) email to see if my .02 is worth... well two cents in the two-handed tropics.

juro
03-08-2001, 11:43 AM
Actually, I went and read the post. It's always great to follow Josko's adventures!

As I've always stated on the record on the topic of two-handers: there are times when two-handers make little sense in the SWFF scene - on high rocks, or boats for instance. Waving a 15' rod on a 16' Boston Whaler on a open rip seems a little unfounded. Getting a schoolie off the line with a regular flyrod is hard enough at mid or low tide from a slippery jetty, try it with a 14 footer! You need a ghillie to go fetch it for you.

There are also times when nothing can compare - like the high surf of the outer beaches or massive outlet current flows where the line is pulled tight to the bank on every swing. I've posted a lot of my findings from testing these rods since 1995.

Here are a few threads from the past:

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<!--http--><a href="http://www.flyfishingforum.com/expertise/twohands/twohands-feb.htm" target="_blank">Article from January of last year from Forum</a><!--url-->