Originally Posted by Bill Kiene semi-retired
Wonderful feedback here....
As 'richr' recommended, for those "new to two-handed fly casting" is to get an Airflo 'Rage' floating head first.
Have someone in a fly shop, like Andy Guibord @ Kiene's, get you the right size for your two-handed fly rod.
A few years back I had a nice 12'6" #6 Spey rod with maybe a Rio WindCutter line on it?
I was very new to all this and had a terrible time with that line.
Tournament Spey Caster Doug Duncan was working at our shop and he helped me get an Airflo Rage floating head, the right size, on my
reel. I went down to the American by myself and pick up maybe 15 to 20 feet instantly and felt so much better about my Spey casting.
I recommend floating running lines rather than some kind of mono shooting line. Mono gives you another 10 feet instantly but I hate it.
If you fish Half-pounders and adult Steelhead you have to get into the Spey/Two-handed fishing.
Be sure to have someone set you up with a good "balanced " outfit at first so it will cast well.
Get some instruction and go to Gristmill access or where every the Spey crowd is meeting on the American.
You need a smaller, lighter two-handed fly rod for Half-pounders. They don't even bend a 12'6" #6 line Spey rod.
Timing is perfect......Sept/Oct/Nov is all good.