These reels have never failed that I’ve heard of. Last but not least, our own hand tied nymph leader tied with stiff butt sections for better turnover while utilizing a long knotless section of 20 pound, to allow for easy bobber adjustment. What impressed me the most about the Sage ONE 12’6”#5 trout spey was its length and power to weight ratio. Rods are replaced. They have taken on some nicks and dings, but overall have proven to be extremely tough, even through some of the worst rip-rap falls. Most Trout Spey rods are made to cast shorter, more aggressive line tapers. Swing Weight – 10 and 20 points available. Significantly faster faster action than the St. Croix Imperial, Beulah Platinum, and Redington Dually. With the DXF’s light yet powerful construction, this rod means business and brings a formidable game without an overbearing price tag. For the trout switch rods, we used our hand tied trout switch leaders. Best For: Fishermen who want one model of reel for any rod setup. Hardy Jet 10’6”  5/6-weight     $294.50. JG taking the Sage ONE Trout Spey out for a rip during testing. The cork quality is excellent and the shape of the foregrip and rear handle grip are the perfect length for trout spey. When fishing a sink tip, a longer leader defeats the purpose of a sink tip. In the end, we decided on SA’s floating braided Polyethylene Mono (braided P.E. Correct timing and power application make this rod delightful to cast. The Airflow Scout 360 skagit line works perfectly with the Sage ONE 12’6”#5 trout spey. But for anglers who often fish in windy areas, the T&T DNA is one of the best rods on the market. It also has the stiffest tip of any rod tested. Both the trout spey and trout switch rods were tested with our own hand tied Yellowstone Angler leaders. Incredible reel, and I like their Reach Spey rods that I can t put down, but the RX just. Unfortunately Temple Fork Outfitters has now discontinued the TFO 375 and 450 reels! Not sure what fishing you're doing but my trout spey normally makes an appearance in the spring and summer where I'm fishing scandi if I can get away with it. Although this rod is in between 11 and 12 feet and could really be used to nymph or swing, it is a better swing rod, mainly because it is too soft to effectively set the hook when the bobber goes down. Not only does it look and feel like a Bentley or Rolls Royce of reels, but it also has a technology that no other reel has – a spring loaded drag that increases hook up rates when swinging a fly. The wasabi green color is easy to see on the water, which makes adjusting your swing easy and fun. The good side to all this is the Deer Creek is a very durable rod and one that is unlikely to break. 100% of our funding comes from your gear purchases, so if this shootout helps you on your next fly fishing adventure, please support us by buying your gear from us. (Trout spey only). If you want to really go yard and send it to the other side of the river, this is going to be your best bet. We tested this rod (and the others) with a size #6 Sculpzilla, but after seeing how much power it had we also tried it with larger flies, such as size #2 Home Invaders, #4 Sex Dungeons, and other articulated streamers that big browns like on the Yellowstone. Up-lining with the Trout Spey Shooting Head from 305 to 350 grains allowed us to throw sink tips and larger streamers a-la Skagit lines, but the length and taper of this line made for really clean loop formation and turnover for casters who prefer to cast with a bit more … Any serious steelheader would be very happy with this rod while  fishing in trout territory. 300 for the Scandi? If you want to chuck bigger streamers, you'll probably want the 4wt with more grains. Give us a call at the shop anytime you want to talk rods regarding “regular” switch and spey rods. $35 handling fee. Easily the long bomb king, and the best rod here when punching into the wind, despite its shorter length. These high-end rods are simply delightful to cast and look fantastic. Tag team designed by Tom Larimer and Steve Rajeff, the G. Loomis IMX pro is a terrific all-around swing weapon. I use an OPST Pure Skagit 7wt with a 325gr Commando Head and it simply blows the Sage away. Usually takes 1-2 weeks. The cork is also off the charts in terms of both quality and aesthetic beauty. The coatings on these lines are very good and we have yet to have any problems with them delaminating or separating over time. 6. $35 handling fee, plus $75 for each broken section. The T&T DNA blanks are finished in a handsome deep blue with emerald green wraps and red trim over Fuji stripping guides and Universal snake guides. More of a medium-fast action, this rod has a nice wide sweet spot which will be good for beginners. Reviewing the capabilities of the G. Loomis Asquith 9' 5 wt. We figured most people who are learning to spey cast would benefit from a slightly heavier line however, so we chose the 390 grain Skagit Scout. Don’t worry, you can still swing with a trout switch rod, (or a 9 foot rod for that matter), it’s just that a longer spey rod gives you a greater advantage when mending your line, manipulating your swing, and casting further. These tips have a thicker diameter and more mass than other tips, which translates to a smoother transition between your line and leader. Switch rods quickly became favored for those nymph fishing for anadromous fish because they were more effective at throwing longer casts, mending, and turning over heavier indicator rigs with longer leaders, while still being short enough to strike quickly and powerfully. Anglers still choose to swing flies with light rods can easily switch the 390 out for a cast. Backing, that won our 2016 5/6 reel shootout ran over part of it stripped at... 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