Originally Posted by Diver Dan
The line is the only one Randy forgot to mention. It's a short belly line. It's a good line to start with. Have you spey cast before Fred?
A tounge in cheek tag, but my nickname is "Sultan of Spey." A 'tag' given to me by Mark B of 'flyfishusa.' Don't know if you've ever been to the Sandy River Spey 'Clave (number 11 was this past May) but that was one of my 'dream child's.'
First intro to a 2-hander was at age 10 or 12 up in BC (for context, I just turned 69); a real "Greenheart" wood rod. At this point I've so many of them rigged/in tubes in the garage I've long since lost count.
One of the fun back stories (if I'm repeating myself here I appoligize) was back in 1984. I'd just moved to Nor-Cal and there was a huge sportsmans show going on in San Jose. Why not, I'm bored out of skull anyway.
One of the demo's was the first of Sage's 1409-4 'brownies
with this long thin pool. Poor guy who was doing the demo was getting zero attention. Well, hell 99.9999% of the folks there had no idea what a "spey rod" was, let alone how to cast same. I'm watching (first graph 2-hander I'd ever seen) and in frustration he shouts out some thing to the effect 'Does anyone here know how to cast a spey rod?'
Walked over and said yes but I'll need some room for the D loop, etc.
End game was in a few flicks I had about 100+ foot of line in the air .. only problem was the casting pool was only 60-70'ish foot long so line is going over peoples heads and laying over folks head/shoulders. Guy actually ran to the other end and said 'Give this man some room!!!!!'
End of the end game was purchased the rod direct from Sage as the one I cast was one of three they had .... my rod was #4 off the production line. Was a good day and I was 'on my game.'
Nothing against 'production run' rods, some VERY expensive, some 'cheap as chips,' but every caster has a 'style' as to how they cast.... and what line should you 'choose.'
And that's where 'Clave's, where ever they may be, are invaluable to the Newbie. Lots of equipment, lines, match-ups, competent instruction if just from 'A guy who owns one.'
Walk into the average (no dig intended) fly shop and they will sell you what they have on the shelf. Is it a good 'match' for you? Good luck.