How To Choose A Spey Rod

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How To Choose A Spey Rod: Regarding Rod-Length and Line Weight

By: Mark Bachmann

The Spey rod wall at The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, Oregon.

This article is for rods that are to be used in rivers with traditional and modern Spey casts. These choices can be but are not meant to be for over-head or beach casting. These casts come under the headings of Spey Casts, Scandi Casts and Skagit Casts. During the 150-year development of this equipment there have been rods designed for each of these three types of casts, but most rods designed recently have tried to accommodate all three styles. There has been considerable dogma about what sizes of rods are appropriate for what sizes and kinds of fish. General guidelines still apply, but the lines between the use of rod lengths and weights are becoming blurred. In recent years we have seen a shift to lighter rods for steelhead and salmon. Often the size of rod selected may have more to do with the size of the fly than the size of the fish.

Size definitions:

2-Weight: light trout rod,
Appropriate for size of fish: 1-3 pounds
Normal lengths available: 10’-11’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Scandi, floating lines with soft hackles

3-Weight: average trout rod,
Appropriate for size of fish: 1-4 pounds
Normal lengths available: 10’-12’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Scandi, floating lines with soft hackles, Skagit heads with sinking tips & streamers

4-Weight: trout, small mouth bass, light steelhead
Appropriate for size of fish: 2-7 pounds
Normal lengths available: 10’-12’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Scandi, floating lines with soft hackles for trout & standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead, Skagit heads with sinking tips & streamers for trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead

5-Weight: large trout, small mouth bass, light steelhead
Appropriate for size of fish: 4-9 pounds
Normal lengths available: 11’-13’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Scandi, floating lines with soft hackles for trout & standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead, Skagit heads with sinking tips & streamers for trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead

6-Weight: very large trout Rod, small mouth bass, light steelhead
Appropriate for size of fish: 5-10 pounds
Normal lengths available: 12’-13’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Scandi, floating lines & standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead, Skagit heads with sinking tips & streamers for large trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead

7-Weight: average steelhead, Coho, Spring Chinooks
Appropriate for size of fish: 6-15 pounds
Normal lengths available: 11’-14’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Traditional long belly and Scandi, floating lines for standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead, Skagit heads with sinking tips & intruder flies for steelhead & smaller to average Atlantic salmon.

8-Weight: average steelhead, Coho, Spring Chinooks, Chum salmon, Atlantic salmon
Appropriate for size of fish: 7-20 pounds
Normal lengths available: 12’-15’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Traditional long belly and Scandi, floating lines for standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead and salmon, Skagit heads with sinking tips & intruder flies for steelhead & average Atlantic salmon

9-Weight: large steelhead, large Spring Chinooks, Chum salmon, Atlantic salmon
Appropriate for size of fish: 12-30 pounds
Normal lengths available: 13’-15’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Traditional long belly and Scandi, floating lines for standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead + Pacific and Atlantic salmon, Skagit heads with sinking tips & intruder flies for large steelhead & average Pacific and Atlantic salmon

10-Weight: large Chinooks, Alaskan Kings, Atlantic salmon
Appropriate for size of fish: 15-40 pounds
Normal lengths available: 12’-15’
Usual casting methods & lines employed: Traditional long belly and Scandi, floating lines for standard wet flies & waking flies for steelhead, Skagit heads with sinking tips & intruder flies big salmon

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