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 on: January 19, 2017, 02:22:56 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
This fish was exceptional.  Kamchatka Russia, 2000
Angler: Ed Ward

 on: January 19, 2017, 02:17:55 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
SAGE 7130-4 MOD

One spey rod. Choose just one.....

That is a tall order.  In fact, it might be easier to hypothetically design the perfect spey rod in your mind, then wiggle a bunch of commercially made sticks to find the one that conforms to your idea of perfect.  Good luck with that.

The absolute one and only spey rod in my mind possesses two distinct qualities: It bends more in the middle than in the tip and possesses a damp tip section. The other design features would include the latest graphite layup and resin technologies. The handle would feature a full wells. It would be 13 feet long and be rated as a 7 weight. The action would inherently be powerful and progressive, but the soft middle section would make it friendly to cast. I like a rod that does some of the work when you load it up. A soulful stick makes efficient use of the mass in the rod to reduce the effort you apply.  A soulful stick keep the works moving along.  A super fast action rod loads and unloads so quickly that sustaining the load requires a faster pace and quicker timing. This might help drive full floating fly lines into the wind with authority, but I fish Skagit style lines most of the time and prefer the more languid tempo of a sweep that begins slowly, builds to a stop at the end of the casting stroke and is immediately damp as the line rockets out over the run. Stiff rods oscillate. Soft rods lack the pop.  The SAGE 7130-4 MOD rod is the only spey rod I've fished lately that fits the bill as the all-around spey rod.  It's the one rod I would pick for most of my fishing: The Konnetic soul stick: Light as a 5 weight:  Bendy in the middle but powerful in the top hand:  Lazer loops or lazy loops.  You decide. If you fish Skagit heads and Scandi lines for steelhead and salmon, the SAGE 7130-4 MOD is the one rod you need, if in fact you need one rod.  But if you're a multi-stick, load the quiver kind of angler, the 7130-4 MOD rod is the only 7 weight you need, which leaves more room for other sticks, like a 5 weight switch rod, and 8 weight 14 footer, an 8 weight switch rod for tight get my drift.


 on: December 22, 2016, 06:11:49 AM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by Marcelo
Thank you for the help Mr. Jeff.Rio floating mow tip, we have in fly shop here in Brazil.More easy to buy.Rage airflo we do not have in Brazil.Buy in the USA, more difficult, Brazil government tax rate 60% more.


 on: December 21, 2016, 09:57:32 PM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by camosled
Whether the line will turn over poppers will depend on the taper of the front end (the tip section you add to the skagit head). If the line has a bullet taper where the front mass is carried down the line to the leader junction then the line should turn those flies over fine. A RIO floating MOW tip is great for turning over big flies. A skagit line without a tip will be very clunky. The best lines for this kind of work are the short scandi lines available. A RAGE by Airflo is nice. And if you find that the line lacks the pop to turn over big flies, just whack a foot or so off the tip and try again.




 on: December 21, 2016, 07:14:25 AM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by Marcelo
Hello Master Jeff Mishler. Thank you very much information. Yes, Skagit Master the best in information. Very rich in material for research. I have a Skagit Max 500 grains, I will decrease to 400grains. Poppers and gurglers better a 400grains? Spey rod medium fast action, manufacturer's info.


 on: December 20, 2016, 05:06:00 PM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by camosled

Thanks for taking part of our forum.  It is slow here, but there is a wealth of information if you look back through the many years of content.

Regarding your 400/450 grain question.  The flex of the rod has everything to do with which line you choose.  If the rod is a fast action 7 wt, 450 grains might not be enough for a Skagit head if you plan to fish with sink tips.  450 is a good all around weight for the 7 weight.  I have cast 380 grain lines on 7 weight rated rods and the combo was sweet.  If you are just casting a floating line, you can get away with the 400 grain option.  I would look at the OPST Commando lines.  They are super sweet.  Rio offers a range of Skagit style lines for just about any purpose. 

It's hard to know what to recommend when we know so little about the rod. 

Best of luck

Jeff Mishler

 on: December 19, 2016, 01:03:34 PM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by Marcelo
Hello Masters, my name is Marcelo, I am from Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.
Here in Brazil Spey Cast not much practiced, information about Spey only on the Internet, forum like this.Pesco with single hand a three years and now I want to go for two hands, Skagit, fish in lakes, the fish Tucunarés, Traíras.I ask your help, a Skagit Head for a Spey rod 12.5ft 7wt. AFFTA table recommends a 300grains, all sites I researched, recommend 400/450 grains. My question which is the most indicated.Thank you all!!!
Sorry for the translation, I used Google Translate.


 on: November 20, 2016, 03:06:49 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
Very sorry if you tried to buy a DVD in the last couple weeks. The Cart is now functioning. 

Happy Holidays!!! Buy all 4 DVDs for your friends and family who fish.



 on: November 19, 2016, 03:03:58 AM 
Started by 9140 greenie - Last post by 9140 greenie
Saw this video on OPST's FB page. I got a chuckle watching it.  This guy is a really good caster too.

 on: October 28, 2016, 02:57:07 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
This piece was edited down for a spot in The Drake, but I really liked the whole piece.


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