So, I have to decided to get into the two-handed game. We are seeing more spey and switch rods on Montana rivers and interest in the two-handers is growing in the shop all of the time. I am never one to miss out on a good fad- I can still tight-roll a mean pair of jeans. Of course, the problem with these spey people is that they have created such a staggering variety of styles, lines, and rods that you just want to crawl up in a ball and cry. After that refreshing cry, I decided to start by choosing a rod. Feel free to do just as I do and we can screw everything up as a team.
In my case, the rod will be primarily used for swinging flies for trout in Montana rivers. However, I would like a rod that could also handle a little light steelhead duty. So, now I must choose between the switch rod and the longer spey rods. The switch rod does not appeal to me for this application. I don’t want a jack-of-all-trades rod that can be cast overhead and also do some spey casting. Just like I don’t want a shotgun that is also a kick ass slingshot. I have settled on the 6 weight, 12 ft. 6 inch Prospector series rod from Redington… link here. The next step is to put the right line on your spey rod and get to work. We will cover that in our next installment. (Fair warning: I could be wrong about everything.)