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Silver Fox 02-03-2005 04:57 AM

Spey Rod Selection
I've decided to buy my first spey rod and learn to spey cast. Over my 30 years of fly fishing, 20 of which have included some atlantic salmon fishing, I've developed a preference for Sage rods. Looking at their two handed rods, I think I'm leaning towards a 14 or 15 foot, 9 weight. I really don't know if I should be choosing the Traditional or the faster European model, or is it a big difference. Most of my salmon fishing takes place on the Gaspe rivers, the York, Dartmouth and Saint Jean. Maybe I should also consider a brand other than Sage. Any opinions are welcome. Thanks.

BLACK FRANCIS 02-03-2005 05:45 AM

Silver fox,
it looks like you have at least made an acurate choice of weight and length for those rivers. that size is pretty good for the grand as well, maybe a little heavy for the fish but just right for the water. as to brand or action i would try to cast as many different rods as possible to see what you like. the sages are generally slower action (outside of the tcr) and rods like loomis and t&t are generally faster action. action is largely personal preference and you will need to do your test driving to find what you like and what works well for the distance/weight you need for fishing your water. have fun doing the research.

Eddie 02-03-2005 07:05 AM

the Sage VPS 14' #9 is a very easy rod to learn with (and not bad to fish with either).

MJC 02-03-2005 03:27 PM

Hey Silver Fox...
I agree with Eddie, that there is certainly nothing wrong with that 14' 9wt Sage. No matter what brand you buy I do think that you should deal with a shop that will let you take a prospective rod purchase to the river with some appropriate lines so you can try it out.

flytyer 02-03-2005 06:30 PM

As to what rod to get, it depends on the type of action you like. If you are partial to fast action single hand rods and are committed to Sage as the rod of choice, I'd recommend you look at the European action. However, if you like slow rods, the Traditional Sages would be ideal. There is a very noticeable difference between the Euro's and Traditionals.

One of the best things you could do is find some local folks, or a local shop that has 2-hand rods and cast several different rods from different rod makers. Also, keep in mind that as people improve the spey casting technique and gain experience spey casting, they tend to move away from slow rods and to more medium or fast rods.

There are many fine 2-hand rods out there other than Sage, and all of the rod makers have a different feel to their rods. You really ought to try several rods from different manufacturers before deciding.

Muckle Salmon 02-03-2005 08:41 PM

rod action
Flytier: What no boost for T&T :hihi:

flytyer 02-04-2005 12:46 AM

Muckle Salmon,

I didn't think it was appropriate to put a plug for T&T in an inquiry like this one; even though as you and others who have been around the forum for a while know, I am a big fan of T&T. :smile:

fairhooked 02-10-2005 07:51 PM

I was in this wonderful dilemma a little over a month ago. Which rod to buy? I took some great advice; don't pick the rod, let the rod pick you. I was sure before I started casting that I was going to pick up a Sage 9140 or 9141. My only question was which action I would prefer. I casted a bunch of rods and fell in love with plan C.... CND. The 13'8" Skagit Cast Specialist was the right rod for me.

1. Keep an open mind. 2. Learn the basics of spey casting before you pick up a rod. 3. Find a good shop with a selection, and who know what lines work best on a particular rod. 4. Cast a bunch of rods (on water if you can). 5. Enjoy it! This is one of the better problems you'll ever have in your life.


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