|The Contented Angler
147 Jefferson Avenue
Lower Burrell, PA. 15068
|One day, you may decide that you are bored with fly fishing, or maybe you just want to explore
another aspect of it. The next logical step is the two handed rod. When you first look at a two
hander, you are going to see something like: 14'0 7/8 450 - 700 grains. Okay, you already have a 7 /
8 reel, you just need a 7/8 line. Going by the chart below, you can see that if you bought a standard
7/8 line, you are not even going to be close to loading the rod. The next surprise is that you are
going to find that your 7/8 reel probably won't hold 100 yds. of backing, 100 ft. of running line and
the belly or spey line. If you are using a line like the Airflo Delta Spey, you don't need the running
line, but the line may be too long for where you are fishing. It is important that you have the rear
taper of the line out of the rod tip so you are at the optimum casting point.
Lines: I'm afraid we are not out of the woods yet. As you expolore the different lines you will see
things like: Skagit Compact, Scandi Compact and Skagit/Switch to name a few. The Skagit and
Scandi lines are short, usually 30ft. heads that you loop to your running line. Once again, the 30ft
head needs to be outside of the rod tip to work properly. You also have to be careful that you don't
have too much running line or "overhang" beyond the rod tip. The running line simply won't
support the head to make the cast. It's just like a typical shooting head.
Skagit - The Skagit head is designed to cast heavy sink tips and large flies easily, and it does. Skagit
casting was born in the Northwest. People like Dec Hogan, Ed Ward and Scott Howell are
responsible for this type of casting and it is every bit as artistic as standard Spey casting. Look at the
diameter of these skagit lines before you choose a reel. You will be amazed! A large Intruder is no
match for these lines. Thank God, there is still not an AFFTA standard for Skagit lines. Stay towards
the high end of the grain window when choosing a skagit line.
Scandi - Originated in Scandinavia, duh! An underhand style of casting where instead of using a
sustained anchor, the fly just "kisses" the water" before you send it for a ride. The bottom hand
comes into play more with this type of casting.