06-30-2012, 03:34 PM
Re: New Spey versus a New Single Hand NRX
Many anglers much more in the know than me may be best served to provide you with advice but I'll add my 2 cents for whatever it is worth to you.
I am much more experienced with single hand rods than two handers, but I often see folks mention that learning to cast with a spey is easier than with a switch. Not sure how I feel about this since I have done some single hand spey casting with my single hand rod. In talking with a casting instructor today at my local shop, when I inquired about a lesson with the switch, he recommended two lessons. One with a single hand rod, and one with the two hander. This was interesting to me.
With two hand rods, don't get caught up as much with the line wt, it's all about the grain window. So my reading tells me anyway. Essentially, it's more about the size of flies you will throw, the size of the river and the line needed to get them out there. A switch through would allow you throw both streamers and weighted nymphs on those GL Tribs I'm guessing you fish.
One more consideration with a two hand rod, you will need a reel likely 2 or more sizes up. Not only to balance, but then to handle the line. Oh yeah, then the line. If you go two hand, dialing in the line can be a challenge if you are buying off the shelf. Steve Godshall comes highly recommended by those much more in the know than me to produce a custom cut line for your rod and style of fishing for roughly. The cost is roughly the same so I've heard. Wabi recently got line from him, you may want to check with him about his experience.
You have an 8wt that could be used for salmon, a switch or spey adds a new dimension to your game and could be used in the PNW. Consider where you would be most likely to use it and I think it's there where you base your decision. For GL tribs, a Spey would likely be overkill---I think, but a spey would likely be more favorable in the PNW.
If you are considering the two handed rod and are interested in the Z Axis, now is the time to do it. I'm opportunistic so I guess I'd favor this option. Buy a rod that you can use where you'll do the majority of your fishing, not for the one or two off's.
Again, there are a lot of assumptions I'm making based on my reading but figured I'd pass along some food for thought anyway. Hopefully it gives you something to think about and maybe even cut down on your learning curve.
Good luck and have fun with your hunt, let us know what you end up with.
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