Published Oct 9. 2009 - 14 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Spey Lines: Sinking, Floating, Shooting / Long- Short??

Mooching and trolling for salmon in Puget Sound was easy - I need some advice and explanation of all the types of Spey lines available. There are so many brands to choose from our local fishing supply dealers.

I think there are six different types of Spey lines - but under what circumstances do you uses each and how different are the brands between themselves?

The titanium fly reels I am making can be made heavier or lighter than the aluminums- but how do I determine the spooled weight between each type of Spey lines? And which weight or length of rods will be "best fit" for each?

Mooching for 60# Kings off Point No Point was all strength of gear and arms - this is quite different - please help me figure this out.





the best info you can get is in

you will find everything threre about double hand rods and lines.


Getting the ideal rod. reel, line combination...

Thanks Roolis,

Thanks again for the spey line standards - I was hoping to gather a cross-section of rods, reels, and line combinations actually used in the field. My titanium reels might not weigh enough to be comfortable - I was hoping to hone in on a small group of the most used spey rods and lines and adjust my reels to match the ideal combination weight desired. From that starting point - I can adjust up and down.

Maybe there is an easier method - and maybe I am being obsessed about this weight detail - I find it fascinating to make a new fly reel - especially out of titanium - and have the option to make it any weight I want - but choosing the "best" weight in light of all the rod variables with available lines - might be an adventure for another day.

Maybe the top ten rod makers have figured out what reel weight (range) best suits their particular rod as an ideal combination – or maybe not. I just do not know.

How about a poll – asking each viewer to identify their “best” rod, reel, and line combination. And if a certain combination you are using needs a little tweaking to reach the “best” category – what would you change?



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