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looking for single-handed dry line summer rod suggestions

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Fishing a dry with the spey rod the other day reminded me of the 10ft 7wt sage i've been lusting after for a while now. I'm really digging the double taper floating line on the spey rod, but i'm also yearning to spend some time with a more delicate single hander.

Whatever i get will do double-duty for trout in new zealand this december, so it can't be too much of a stick. The biggest fly it will have to drive home is a heavy wire size 1. The primary fly it will toss are small dries, skaters or softhackles, probably exclusively on a full floater. Maybe i should be looking into a 6 wt?

I'm not totally convinced i should get the 10 footer instead of a 9.5, but the extra length just makes a lot of sense to me. I suspect that Juro/Brian/et al may suggest that i'm so close to the 7140 spey, why don't i just get that? And i'd love to hear pros and cons for light-weight spey (such as the sage 7140) vs single-hand rods (such as the sage 7100) as well. For example, what's it like dead-drifting a dry with a spey rod? and is a 14ft spey a bit long for small summer flows?

thanks in advance
Bill Littlewood
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I have the Scott 1196-4 and I think it is a really fun dry fly rod. I have used it to cast Stimulators with a dropper for trout, but I know it would work even better for swinging and skateing. I think that it is not good for the sink tips ( at least for me) so I'm going to put on a floating wind cutter and use the line with tips on another rod. It casts well single handed, but since you have the option, I think you will usually cast it with two. It seems that these lighter rods( like the #7 Sage) are sensitive to being overpowered. Lots of fun. Eddie
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