I'm an average fly fisherman and I was told I have a natural good tight easy casing style with better than average control and distance. (Not my words, the only time I had a lesson person's.) I have and use a 2, 5, 6, and 8wt one hand set ups (Actually, the 5 wt is the wife's).
At a family gathering I expressed an interest in trying out a spey rod setup.
From the questions asked I should have known, because on Christmas I was presented with a rod and reel. Both are off brands (I believe) but seem acceptable to try Spey casting with. A search on e-bay and I found both of them.
New Northern Guide Spey Fly Rod 13 Foot 6 inch 8 9 WT 4 Piece Sage | eBay
AB Large Arbor CNC Aluminium 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 Trout Salmon Fly Fishing Reel | eBay
The reel is out of the UK as you can see, but there are no markings as to it's origin (maybe China? India? Brytec it seems?), fully machined from billet aluminum. A size 9/11. Next week I'll take it completely apart and check it out. I may need to improve on it a little... we will see. I have a machine shop to do those little improvements if any.
There were some post here on the UK site about them, but I think they were all the cast/machined versions.
The rod, as you can also see it's 13' 6" Spey 8/9. I contacted the people on e-bay and they did sell it to my relatives. They were nice people and as I expressed the thought that the rod may be too big for me, they were happy to take it back and in exchange for the 12' 7", 7/8 version.
I live within twenty minutes of the California delta and a hour from the Lower, lower Sacramento and American Rivers as information to type of easy access fishing.
Here is what I'm asking your opinions on:
Thoughts on dropping the rod weigh down to the 7/8 with that reel...seems like a better starter set up.
Anyone know who makes this rod and anything about it? I, so far, have found nothing on it. I'll be calling back the E-Bay seller next Monday with what I'm going to do and will also ask them who makes it.
Finally, line set ups. A whole world in itself. I like RIO stuff so I've been getting my education on a beginner set ups. I like the conventional setup in a short belly. The others, maybe a UniSpeys (replaced the Windcutter, right?). Thoughts on the Scandi heads.
I've read all the info just wondering you who use the Spey's think.