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Season 2, Episode 8

#008 - The Shrinking Size of Spey Rods and Lines

Hosted by  John R. McMillan

Episode Show Notes

Published March 9th, 2020

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The length of two-handed rods and lines has been declining over the past two decades, and particularly in the past 7-10 years. Perhaps you haven’t been fishing two-handed rods long enough to notice the change, but it is real. The longer rods and lines from the late-90’s through the 2000’s have faded away, replaced by increasingly shorter rods and lines. In fact, the shift has been so extensive that it is now difficult to find rods 14’ and longer in the USA.

In this episode, Nick Chambers joins John to discuss the trend, potential reasons for the shift, and their preferences in rod and line for fishing sink tips and dry lines. They each come from different regions with different sized rivers, and the two steelheaders spend over an hour detailing exactly why they use different rods and lines for different situations, including casting distance, efficiency, wading, and mending.

If you didn’t appreciate the potential for longer rods and lines, we guarantee this podcast will make you at least want to get out and give one of them a try.

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