Originally Posted by fyshy
Thanks, I feel better knowing others have the same issue... I appreciate the comments and guess I just need to get started. I spent the afternoon on the lake (more casting than fishing).
As for the rod recommendation to start with I had originally thought a 6wt and was just about to order one and then I read that a 6wt switch rod is more like an 8 wt single hand rod. Is this true? If so, I think I need to go down to a 5wt for the fishing I do.
Then of course there is the decision, TFO vs Echo vs Beulah vs ??? That is part of the fun of our sport though. I have been fortunate to have learned and fished with some very knowledgeable fishermen and here i am feeling the excitement of a new challenge. Ain't it great!
Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions.
Generally speaking the 'up 2' from a one hander is pretty much on, but it deals with the (grain) weight of the line needed to properly load the rod. Single hander lines follow AFTMA schedule (+/-5%?-without looking it up). Spey lines do have a 'schedule' but it's all over the map as you have so damned many configurations. Short Skagit, Skagit, Scandi, mid belly, etc., etc. I look at that and just say 'Ok, what ever.' Add to that the custom line cutters (like Steve Gotshall) who tossed all that out and works off of his 'numbers' for a specific rod (what gets put on the label can have little to do with what the rod really is!
Learning to cast a "Spey Rod" is not rocket science, and learning how to do it quite well really is a short learning curve. BUT THAT SAID
, if I had to pick out one thing that kills peoples learning curve is they watch some vid's/DVD/what-ever and hit the river. Many have no choice, most do.
Drop a few bucks (or if you know a good caster) and get a lesson or two. End game is 'self-taught' builds in bad habits and those are darned hard to unwind (just trust me on that one!!
) (LIGHT HANDS!! LIGHT HANDS!! SLOW DOWN, CONTINUOUS accelerating movement but controlled)
Do this frequently (no charge, well hit Subway and get us a sandwich to share) and will bring a minimum of 4 different rod/line set ups. 5wt to an 8wt. Start light and work up from there.
At some point caster will 'just click' with a rod/line (and I do change out the lines) ... and do a LOVE THIS! Several of my lines are marked at 5 or 10 yard intervals and Guys banging them out ... "How far do you think I'm casting??!!"
Find the mark (or if I already know from own casting at the place) 'You're out reel to fly about 90 feet (what ever).'
"YOU ARE SHXTING ME!!??"
And no, I don't fudge the distance; we've all heard the old joke about the Blonde saying 'My boy friend says this is 7 inches of pure magic!'
Edit: Yikes, the bit of your post I wanted to highlight came out waaaay over the top. MY BAD!