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Old 08-04-2010, 10:18 AM
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How does spey crossover into saltwater? I want to get into saltwater fly but spey casting just looks so neat. I am in CT so will be fishing mostly for stripers, but would like to go up state NY in the season for steelhead etc. What properties should a decent rid have in terms of where it flexes and how much?
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Saltwater Spey casting is something that I don't do, but I know a few guys who chase Striped Bass off the California coast. They use 8 or 9 weight rods with heavy shooting heads (550 grains or more). They cast overhand style. If I recall correctly, the preferred rods have a tip flex.

As for costs, Spey rods can start under $400.

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Overhand happens a lot when surf fishing. I have taken a 13' 8wt to Resurrection Bay and fished the surf three times. With the right coastal drift you can actually swing flies and catch fish. (I hate stripping a bunch before a recast) The best method for getting the fly out there is the two hand overhand cast. Like MP said an 8 or 9 weight should be fine 13 or 14 feet will be a good choice.
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So it is a viable option. Any reason it would me more inpractical than single handed.
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So it is a viable option. Any reason it would me more inpractical than single handed.
Can't think of any reason not to use it for surf fishing.

For freshwater fishing, a Spey rod is not the right tool for fishing in close. It is possible to flick a few casts in close, but the splash of the heavy line will spook fish.

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I kinda figured spey fishing was intended for big rivers where you need to make big casts to get to fish?
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Not necessarily Josh,

I have already caught more fish than I can quote a number for and none were farther than 60 feet away. I have been fishing streamers and wet flies for a long time and the longer rod proved to be the perfect tool for easier and better presentation and control of the flies. I have already written a great deal about what I think is a misconception about two hand rod fishing and have adopted the use of the big rod into a most effective method for catching fish. I plan (when the time comes) to use these rods for fishing in the lower 48 at such time that we move there. I could rattle off the names of many rivers and streams where the rod will be very effective. Just like a single hand rod casting with a two hander is not all about how far you can cast but more about what the result of your casting is.

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Aaaaaargh...my head hurts with confusion. Its true, the more I learn the less I know.
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This is a problem with fly fishing gear and especially with Spey casting. Do not get confused by too much jargon, find someone who can help you and don't stress over these things.
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Rio has an Outbound line designed for overhead spey casting. I would think you could also use a traditional fly line, or a scandi line.

It's very difficult to set up an anchor on a windy surf.

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