Spey Rods, Advice for beginner

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Posted by Jack Mason on 2010-09-23 23:02:18

I am contemplating switching to spey casting for steelhead. I am an experienced steelhead fisherman and have been using spey techniques for roll casting my single hand rods, but am impressed with the seemingly effortless spey rod casting that I frequently witness others using when I am on the river. The question is where to start in respect to my first spey rod? I have dabbled with casting friends' rods and even took a lesson once. I have read a fair amount. Should I start with a skagit set up or traditional? Should I go with the shorter rods (12.5 to 13.5 ft)that are becoming popular? Interested in any and all comments. Also not interested in spending a fortune on my first rod. TFO comes to mind.

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