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Old 02-03-2005, 04:57 AM
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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.
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:45 AM
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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.
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Old 02-03-2005, 07:05 AM
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the Sage VPS 14' #9 is a very easy rod to learn with (and not bad to fish with either).
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Old 02-03-2005, 03:27 PM
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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.
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:30 PM
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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.
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