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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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Hey Bill & Skookum,

I just tried what I consider to be a great rod for those who want a floating line summer steelhead single/double rod - the Scott ARC 1196/4. Great travel rod, has a very nice delivery with the RIO Windcutter 6/7/8, can be easily cast 1 handed but also casts well 2-handed (for those times when you've got the brush at your back).

It seems like it would handle a 7wt line very easily for single-hand, maybe even a WF 8 in a pinch. Nice finish, etc.

I've tried the Sage 1007 and 967 and both are nice rods - I think I like the feel of the 967 for casting but the mending of the 1007. The big advantage of the Scott is that it's just as nice for single handed work, but gives you the option of a two-hander when you need it.

I also love the 7136, but it's a bit much to cast single handed <g>

Oops - think I might have just sold myself!


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