Thanks for checking out this post in 2009. By 2012 spey fishing for trout had changed a bit, so we put out this post with an update on spey and switch fishing for trout as of 2012.
Feel free to read on, though!
We’ve posted previously about why we think you should spey fish for trout. Today we talk about how to set yourself up.
In the past few years, a few major fly rod manufacturers have come out with some pretty amazing spey rods in the 4- to 5-weight range that make spey fishing for trout fun and practical. Rods like the Sage 5126-4 Z-Axis and the Echo Dec Hogan 4119 are light and really fun to cast, but still have the power to throw moderate sinktips and some surprisingly big flies.
Coupled with the release of these cool little rods, recent developments with short, Skagit-style shooting heads have made spey fishing for trout versatile and effective.
Depending on the rod, lines like the Rio Skagit and Skagit Short, and the Airflo Skagit Compact in grain weights between 350 and 450 load these rods well, preserve a light feel and get those tips and flies turned over like nobody’s business.
Floating tips are of course no problem at all. Why would you throw a floating tip on a light spey rod? We don’t think there’s anything in the world cooler than spey mousing for trout on the Arolik.
When it comes to sinktips, it’s important to recognize the limitations of the little rod. T-14 is pretty much a no-go– it’s just too heavy. Moderate tips like 8 feet of T-8 cast like a dream and can still easily huck big flies– in fact that tip exactly turned over the beast of a fly in this photo from a couple weeks back.
There are lots of quality reels out there that balance these lightweight rods well and have smooth, reliable drags. One of our favorites is the Sage 6080.
Spey rods will always work best when you’re swinging flies. We’ll cover specific tactics in a later post, but think sculpins, leeches, smolts and of course Mr. Mouse.
Happy Fourth of July!