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Old 05-21-2012, 05:27 PM
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Ordered a Wright McGill switch/spey rod and got it today.
An 11' rated at 5wt - and the rating was WAY off!

Contacted Steve Godshall and he had me check the rod deflection using the "common cents" method. The rod is actually an 8.9 weight.
Took it out and tried overhead casting with a wf9f line, and it matched the rod fairly well.

Steve is sending me a 525 gr Rio Skagit head and 2 of his tips to try on the rod.

Not the rod I wanted, but if I can get the feel of spey casting with it I'll probably soon be ordering a 3-4 wt 12' rod Steve highly recommended.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:08 PM
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Man that's bittersweet news there Wabi. Great that you got the rod, bummer that it was off. Good to hear that you connected with Steve and got something worked out. That would make a fine Great Lakes Steelhead Rod or even give you something to go after some toothy critters with. Hopefully you enjoy it enough to stick with it.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:21 AM
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What I can't figure is how the labeled weight of the rod is so far off.
If I can spey cast with the line Steve is shipping I'll keep the rod for my "river rod" for those trips in mid-winter when I venture to the Ohio river to fish the hot water outlet at the local power plant. There are some big fish in those waters in late winter.

Looking at a 5/6wt 14' spey rod now and just waiting until I can cast the beast I purchased before I make the final decision.
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So did you get that new line and have you had a chance to play around with the switch yet?
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Still waiting on the line to arrive...........................
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Here's hoping that you get the line soon Wabi. Let us know what your thoughts are once you've had a chance to sling some line. I'm anxious to hear what your thoughts are on the two hander.

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I can't help but wonder if the Common Cents System applieswell to spey rods. I know a Doctor invented it and all but is it infallible under all circumstances?
Anyhow, congrats on the new rod. Keep us posted on your progress with it.
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Got the Skagit head & tips today.
Weather was terrible here (cool, rain, high wind), but I spooled everything on the reel and headed for the local lake for a test drive.
Tried 25kg braided dacron as backing/shooting line and after several casts I was doing as well as I had expected to, but had the feeling the dacron was holding back distance.
Came home and added 60' of Rio "Slick Shooter" between the backing and head.
Not a huge increase in distance, but I feel like it's an improvement.
Took my son along on the second trip to the lake (he took his spinning rod - and caught a LM bass the first cast). I was getting better results with the shooting line (could also be I'm improving on my cast ) and slowly figured out the timing for a better cast. For me it was to slow down a bit and make the stop at the end of the cast a very positive stop. Had only about 30-35' of shooting line stripped off the reel, but I got that much out a few times.
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I'm by no means a two handed expert but a 5wt that throws a 525gr line just isn't a 5wt in my opinion...
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