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No I don't mean in my drinking prowess but in my casting style. Maybe I will be a 2 hander now would be a better term. I bought a greys GR50 13'8/9 with an Airflo running line and rage compact head in 570gr. Now to practice like crazy and hopefully catch a few fish. I used my old Olympic 490 for my reel until I can afford the hardy perfect I am looking to get. Thanks for all the advise gents and ladies and info in here.

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John, it will only be better when you post that two hander that you caught with your two hander rod!

I have a switch rod just don't have the need where I fish as much for the two hander. The two hander is about the only thing missing from my ever growing rod assortment.
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I hope this will help me land the first salmon of my adventure called Fly fishing. It certainly can't hurt. The guys at my local shop gave me an amazing deal and have offered to take me out to teach me how to use it and suggested the lines that will work best (as one of them use the same rod). Didn't even charge for line installation or backing.
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baseman, take them up on their offer of casting lessons!! I found it really awkward feeling the first time I tried and having an experienced caster giving pointers really sped up the learning process. The videos are great but nothing beats a hands on lesson. BTW, do not practice with a hook on there, use a big piece of yarn, because you WILL hit yourself numerous times!
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Thanks Lake flyer. I have a great advantage with this shop as it is literally a 2 min walk from my office and then the river is only a crossed the street from the shop. I will be milking them for all they are worth for lessons.
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baseman, take them up on their offer of casting lessons!! I found it really awkward feeling the first time I tried and having an experienced caster giving pointers really sped up the learning process. The videos are great but nothing beats a hands on lesson. BTW, do not practice with a hook on there, use a big piece of yarn, because you WILL hit yourself numerous times!
God did I laugh when I read this! Even if you've been doing this for close to 60 years you will get "The whack in the back." Main cause of this is your rod tip is too straight up when you come forward in the cast. Thing needs to be canted off 5-10 degrees off your body.

An upstream wind will also 'take something from the party,' but that's casting practice to get used/over come that bit.
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Hey John,

You'll love the more relaxed way you can fish with a long rod. You know, for a reel some of the new Hardy models are pretty nice too. I have a Uniqua in size 11/12 that I use on a Marksman 2-T rod 13', the weight is about right and once you get past the diameter they are nice reels. What I mean by diameter issue is that they are about 4 1/2" . They well made with a good drag I like mine.

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Oh, I almost forgot to say this.................

With more and more guys getting into 2 hand rods we need to keep these Spey threads alive. There is no excuse for people thinking that the only place to find information about the Spey rods & flies is on the Spey Pages forum.

We have enough people right here to help with lining and other questions that come up when someone is getting started, and we surly can talk about fishing techniques with the rods. I have been swinging streamers since long before the term 'swinging' became popular and guys like Fred have been at it even longer.

I would love to see more posting in the Spey forums here
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I look forward to helping in the talking about long rodding it. I will be fishing a lot of wider sections of the rivers.
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I mentioned the new reels because generally they can be had more reasonably than a big Perfect. If you want a Perfect for that rod one of the Wide Drum Taupo's would be a good match.
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