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 Post subject: local shops for spey lines?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Location: Big Stone Gap, VA
I picked up a great deal on a 5/6/7 spey rod and now need a line for it.
I didn't realize that spey lines were so complicated.... is there a local shop where I can try a few and get some help in finding the best line?
What local shops (southwest VA, east TN) have these lines and understand them?

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 Post subject: Re: local shops for spey lines?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:10 am 
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I can't think of any shops off the top of my head who carry anything spey related, there might be one or two dudes who could give you a brief overview. Me being a full fledged steelhead addict living in the PNW I might be able to give you hand.
Length of the rod?
What species of fish are you planning to fish for?
How do you plan on fishing for them?
Which rivers do you plan on spending the majority of your time fishing and what sorts of distances do you expect to be fishing out to?
Is there a grain window printed on the rod blank?

If you can answer those questions I might be able to identify which line style would suit you best and which line you'd want to fish with. And I've fished most of'em between the half dozen two handed rods I own.

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 Post subject: Re: local shops for spey lines?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:00 am 
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I have a CND Blackspey 12'6" 5/6/7 wt 4 pc Spey Rod. Rio lists a grain window of 380-450 (I think).

Mostly I want to fish for trout and smallies on bigger rivers and get to places I cant wade- such as much of the SoHo when its generating or the Clinch where it is too wide and/or deep to wade across. Most fishing would be double nymph rigs or streamers.

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 Post subject: Re: local shops for spey lines?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:50 pm 
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Call Bo Cash at his fly shop ---he might have some stuff for you 828-433-7637

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 Post subject: Re: local shops for spey lines?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:25 pm 
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For ease of learning curve and for turning over the flies necessary for smallies, I'd say go ahead with a Skagit head.
Rio's top end rec of 450 grains is aimed at beginning spey casters who really need to feel the rod load down deeper, which is about the upper limit of what I'd throw on that rod. For that 12'6" rod I'd go ahead and throw on a 450gr Skagit short head, reason being is that is what I use, but I also have a very compact casting stroke.
Running line, seeing as you don't mention any dead of winter steelhead needs, I'd say use varivas running line. It is just hollow monofilament running line, it needs to be stretched prior to fishing with it every day, but honestly I'll never go back to regular running lines. This shit shoots so much better and handles better it is almost retarded.
Hope this helps.

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