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Old 10-29-2003, 08:46 AM
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two hand @ spey gaining popularity??

It seems more so that spey and two handers are gaining popularity with shore bound salt anglers. The few I know, use them because of casting issues with 9 footers. Personally, I prefer a 9 foot rod and feel very comfortable in doing so. Although, my curiosity regarding spey and two handers has me asking, is the size and weight worth the efforts it takes in handling such rods in comparison with a light and powerful 9ft ten weight?? I realize the long rod makes a difference while casting in waist deep water and maybe you gain some power in fighting fish, but are the gains worth the sacrifice in size and weight? Thanks, KC
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:27 AM
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Absolutely a good tool to complement the already popular singlehander! BUT... I am of the school that a spey rod is not necessarily the right tool, but a two-hander is - and that there is a big difference between a spey rod and a specialized two-hander.

Here's a thread where much discussion has taken place on this topic:

http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flyta...ight=twohander

If you do a search on "twohand" you will find plenty of discussion to review.

In summary, these two-handed surf flyrods offer some distinct advantages:

- handle more grains easily, thus more distance, larger flies, more fighting power to handle big fish

- uses less energy to cast a whole flyline, with practice just a single backcast is all it takes. Two-hands on an 11ft rod is much easier than one hand on a 9ft rod.

- shorter than spey, more direct power transfer to line, generally much faster and easier to handle for stripping line all the way to the butt as we do

- overall components are configured differently to be better for striper fishing

- casting 100' or more over the weak shoulder is easy in the event of a bad crosswind

Put it this way... a spin rodder uses a light rod for sluggos and a big rod for plugs and pogies. The single handed 9wt flyrod is like a sluggo rod... the two-handed surf flyrod is the big surf spin rod's equivalent in fly tackle. And you don't see them casting with one hand

I ask you this... have you ever felt out-gunned on the beach with a single-hander? You don't need to reach for the spin gear if you don't want to, these rods provide the next level of artillery in fly gear for tackling bigger ocean challenges than the singlehander can manage.

I have co-developed a new two-handed rod with CND (two-handed rod company) which will be available within days. Feel free to contact me for more information (info at cndspey.com) or ask your local dealer to get one in for you to check out.

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Old 10-29-2003, 01:31 PM
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A two-handed fly rod is not a solution for someone who has, " Casting issues," with a one hander. A bad one-handed cast will translate into a bad two-handed cast.

The people who are proponents of two-handers in the surf, such as Juro, myself and Lefty Kreh, are all pretty competent with a one-handed fly rod.

Some of the reasons I like two-handed fly rods:

Cover more water, more easily
Stand up on the beach out of the surf, like the conventional surf casters
Better line control & easier mending
Potential for higher back cast on steep beaches, or over grass, etc.
With a longer rod, you can intentionally throw larger loops for very heavy or wind resistant flies and never worry about hooking an ear
Lift more line off the water to re-direct to a sighted fish
Easier to stay in contact with the fly, especially in surf
Throw larger lines and hence larger flies with less effort
Longer casts=more time with the fly in the water instead of the air


For all of these skills, length is an advantage, not a disadvantage.

And with regards to weight, I will assure you that any of these modern rods like the CND 11-footer or the T & T DH 1212 are very light in weight and because you work them with two hands, they actually feel lighter and are easier to cast.

This is just another skill to learn. If you are the kind of fly fisher that enjoys practice and learning and expanding your skill set, I think you will have some fun with them.

If you have a lousy cast and don't enjoy practice, save your money because these rods are not going to do much for you except to lighten your wallet.
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:15 PM
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I am ready for a SWITCH.

I have seen enough to know that a switch style two hander will be my next Fly rod. If I can afford to buy one I shall But if they are $600 or more I'll probably build one as my first rod project this winter.

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:30 AM
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Jay- by request

Would you also touch on the aspects of physical ability vs. limitation we talked about a bit ago - I can't talk to it except to have agreed with you on physiology/principle. Thanks.
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Coincidentally, I am just in from testing yet ANOTHER new two-handed surf fly rod. This one is lightweight and powerful and best of all: Very reasonably priced!

That is three surf-specific two-handers that I am aware of, and a couple more that I hear rumored. Maybe there is something to this two-handed surf thingie???
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:40 AM
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Jay- by request

Would you also touch on the aspects of physical ability vs. limitation we talked about a bit ago - I can't talk to it except to have agreed with you on physiology/principle. Thanks.
Dave, I would gladly do that if only I could remember what you are talking about?????
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:49 AM
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Not to jump in but...

Casting with two hands is different in that you don't haul with the other hand and power + steer with the main hand as most are accustomed. Instead, both hands are on the rod and they share the power and steering of the cast. The bottom hand pulls while the top hand pushes. The bottom hand does a lot of the steering by coming in straight to the body. If the stroke path is straight, it's hard not to cast a long way because of the doubling of forces that load the rod, hence create the loop, thus throw the fly.

When I show someone how to use a 2hd rod, I first get them to relax completely and see if a very low power loop can be kept straight in both directions. If so, then a little slip of the line into the backcast and a tightened grip before the forward stroke and yer' off to the races with really only a slight increase in power from the easy loop warm-up. Once tuned into this stroke, add a little more power (but not a lot) and the whole line is out there in a hurry. One of the biggest problems is over-powering a two-handed rod.

This easy casting stroke is especially easy with shooting heads, which are great for striper fishing because we strip the line very close to shore with each cast, and the shooting heads are perfect for that kind of delivery - hence the popularity of the QD, Teeny, Rio Deep Sea, and other shooting head configurations under a different name.

The recently discussed LC13 head is an example of reaching 145' with no effort at all, the next step will be to adapt that configuration to shooting lines that are manageable and heads that are practical while reaching similar distances with equal ease.

In addition to shooting heads, longer belly lines handle nicely as well because the two-handed stroke can roll, switch and spey significantly easier than a single hander all things considered. My point is there is a finesse angle to these rods as well, I found them a pleasure to fish on the flats all summer long. If finesse and mending, long line manipulation is your bag, then a spey rod might be better. But for all-purpose, slam bang surf and rip action the faster, more aggressive taper is the way to go. This also allows for a shorter rod, which makes it great to strip the fly - it's not much different from a single hander once in the fly strip position, and both two-handed stripping and single handed stripping techniques are comfortable to use.

The single handed flyfishing approach is not invalidated, but it's one-dimensional. We don't always face conditions where it's the right tool for the job. For those bigger, badder, situations, one could go to a bigger single hander - and you will pay for it with bursitis bigtime.

Or you could use less effort for more distance and bigger flies, bigger fish handling, and a whole new world of exploration for line systems that will make staggering casts simple for the average disciple.

With spring the herring runs will come again. Each year, the biggest bass shun small flies while live-liners score on every drift. With enough interest and energy, the fly guys will figure out the lines, flies and presentations needed to go hand in hand with the live-liners in this fishery.

In my honest opinion, the ocean two-hander is an important part of this advance in coastal flyfishing ability.

And we haven't even begun to talk about subtropical opportunities...
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:55 AM
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Jay - arthritis and war wounds and your comments to me on the ability for people who suffer chronic shoulders/joints/pain to maybe learn to use and enjoy casting/fishing with two-handers and less pain.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:05 AM
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Dave, I think Bob Meiser is the best guy to speak to that as I know he has dealt with these issues with a number of his customers.

My personal experience is that despite a herniated disc in my neck all this season, I was able to fish the two-handers all I wanted with no ill-effect whatsoever.

Last season, I had tennis elbow on my right side, and fished the T & T DH 1212-3 all season.

In my opinon, they are definitely easier on the body, even with big lines and flies.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:13 AM
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I'd agree with Jay, once the caster learns to relax and keep the energy wave (wedge in the loop) in the same imaginary cylinder on both sides of the cast. Given that, it's cake to cast these rods. That's not force, that's just alignment and timing. Most males try to overcome inefficiencies with force, thus making things seem difficult and tiring. Observing the women I've taught to cast is very revealing, they never try to overpower deficiencies but instead stop, think and learn. This type of approach will lead to a casting technique that is both easy and effective, you should never come home sore once you get in the groove.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:15 AM
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Yep, I am sure there will be a bandwagon effect. It's certainly not the lonely world it was for me in 1995!

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Coincidentally, I am just in from testing yet ANOTHER new two-handed surf fly rod. This one is lightweight and powerful and best of all: Very reasonably priced!

That is three surf-specific two-handers that I am aware of, and a couple more that I hear rumored. Maybe there is something to this two-handed surf thingie???
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:10 AM
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I understand the mechanics and advantages of a two hander in the surf in comparison with a 9ft. Do any of you fish these long rods from boat?? I'm asking because from experience in using a 9ft rod from BOAT, I would think that you would have a bit more control with a 9ft. I hear alot about gaining distance with minimal effort using a long rod and I realize that physics do come into play. However, with a proper balanced shooting head and a fast action 9ft a well seasoned caster can easily throw 100+ft line with small or big flies using minimal effort if done correctly. I don't mean to sound bias and I respect your promoting this style of fly fishing. I am very interested in the casting aspect of both styles. Thanks, KC
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:48 AM
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KC, I am not a fan of longer rods from a boat-More disadvantages than advantages, I think.

The exception to that is heavy fly rods, like with 8 1/2' 15-weights, I can cast them a mile all day long with no effort with two-hands. With one-hand, I can barely lift them, let alone cast them.

Regardless of your skill or line system, you will gain 20-40% in casting distance with a longer two-handed rod over a 9' one-hander and you will do it with less effort.

Almost anyone can put a puny fly and HD head on a braided mono line and cast a hundred feet. But I am talking about real fishing, with floating and intermediate lines, big flies and wind. I am talking about being able to fish side-by side with surf casters in conditions when all the other fly fishermen are out golfing.

Did I mention how much fun it is to fish with these two-handed fly rods?
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:53 AM
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We have specified and will soon be field testing a two-handed rod made specifically for fishing from a boat... but the beach rods will come first.

That being said I recently had the pleasure of fishing with Mike Mayo on his boat and used the two-handers the whole time. What I found was:

- The ease of casting for distance was just as good from a deck as it is from the beach, one backcast and the whole line's out there.

- stripping the fly, if the rod is short enough (11' or less) is no problem at all

- I was able to cast off either shoulder depending on wind for solid distances with a single backcast, much easier than a single hander in a crossing wind

- the beefier blank comes in handy for fighting tough fish

- it's easier to set up rod holders for two-handed rods than single handed rods on board

On the down side (until the specialized rod designs for boats are completed):

- the additional 2' length doesn't make it any easier to get alongside the gunwhale to release the fish. Keep in mind that even with the single hander, the other angler had to assist for releasing big blues so there was no logistic difference, just that the angler felt a little more removed from the fish at 11' verses 9' at the end of the fight

That's about the only real downside I can think of. I am speaking wholly on behalf of the Atlantis 1111, which is only 11' long. Most two-handed rods today are 12'-15' or even longer. Clearly on a boat the shorter the better IMHO; I wouldn't want to have a longer rod on board a boat.

We are developing a shorter two-handed rod that handles pretty much the same grain weights (325-350) as the single handers we all know and love. With the handle under the arm this rod is hard to tell apart from a single hander. BUT... it's not the boat version we plan to deliver in 2004.

In summary, I enjoyed fishing the 11'11/12wt Atlantis as much as any single hander I own (of several) and the trade-off between the ease of casting, power advantage for strong fish, and the loss of control boatside were on the plus side for me, your results may vary.

I think you'll agree that with any singlehander landing big fish boatside is a concern. Whether single or double, we had to assist each other with fish at boatside. I won't sugar coat it in that there's a couple more feet of rod to worry about.
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