Good double hand rods for “sneak fishing”.
This time I will write about three different double hand fly rods from the Guideline LeCie range. These rods are so special that they deserve extra attention with their own article. If you are looking for a double handed fly rod in a lighter weight class for fishing in low-water conditions for spooky salmon, but do not want to go away from the rod length that you are most used to, then you should have a closer look at these rods:
Le Cie 12,6 f # 6-7. LeCie 13,7 f # 7-8. LeCie 14,8 # 8-9.
The LeCie range.
Firstly, let me tell you a bit about this premium range of Guideline rods. This range has been on the market for 3-4 years now, and it is the biggest Guideline project so far. The rod action and the materials used in these rods stands comparison with the best rod brands on the market. The range contains a selection of fly rods that includes all types of length and weight class combinations in terms of salmon, sea trout and trout fishing. In other words, the rods are specifically designed when it comes to rod actions for what you will be fishing for. One example could be the three single hand spey rods, these include the following single hand rods: 10, 8 f # 6-7, 10, 8 f # 7-8, 11 f # 8-9. These rods have a specifically designed rod action which makes it easier to spey with them than with a standard 9 or 10 feet rod for salmon fishing.
Long rods, light weight classes.
This is the key word for the three rods I will write about in this article. This combination of long rods in light weight classes demand a lot from the materials used for the rods. One of the many important aspects of a modern fly rod is that it must have precise stop points. This enables tighter line loops and a higher line speed, which is important in order to be able to cast in tight spots and in stronger winds. This is why, in terms of the combination with long rods and light weight classes, it is even more important that the rods are constructed using good enough materials so that the stop points are precise enough.
This combination of rod length and weight class gives you the opportunity to fish two weight classes lighter than what is standard for these rod lengths, i.e. the gram weight is 8-12 grams lighter than the standard weight for these rod models in normal weight classes. This will give you a great advantage when fishing at medium to low water levels for spooky salmon. The fly line weight is so much lower that you can present the fly much nicer, as the “splash” from the line is minimal. You will be able to fish much nicer with smaller flies and thinner tippets, this is “sneak fishing” with a double hander. On days with low water conditions and strong winds, such a rod will allow for a more efficient fishing than a single hander. Many salmon fishers insist on fishing with their long rods that often are in weight classes 9-12, but with these models you can fish much lighter using the same rod length as you are used to. Another advantage is that the rods are incredibly light, so you will not be as tired after a long day of fishing. Many people will appreciate how good these rods are for spey casting, the combination of a long rod in a light weight class will help you, as the whole length of the rod will be loaded more easily, thus making it easier to complete the spey cast, as it will give you more time in the anchoring phase, and when the forward cast is made – it will be with a fully loaded fly rod.
Adjusting shooting heads.
This can be somewhat individual from one caster to another, and depends on what you prefer. I recommend which gram weights I prefer for these rods, but I also recommend that you do not adjust the head to the recommended weight straight away. Adjust it so that it is 2-3 grams heavier, then test it and adjust if needed from there – this is the best way! Read more about adjusting shooting heads in my article on this topic, located under the same menu as this one on my web page: www.granbo-flyfishing.no
12,6 feet class 6-7, 4 pieces.
What a small and light charmer this rod is! This is so well suited for the lightest fishing that you can easily use it for trout fishing as well. On the big salmon rivers this rod will be suitable when the river levels are low, but on medium and small rivers you can easily use this rod in medium water level conditions too. If you compare the gram weight of this model with that of a single handed rod in weight class 6-7, you will have to use a heavier shooting head, as the rod length makes the rod somewhat more powerful than e.g. a 9,6 feet in class 6-7, this is the same for all the rods mentioned in this article. But imagine that you can fish a shooting head of only 20 grams on a double hander, now that is exciting! I recommend that you use a shooting head in weight class 7-8 (in 2009, Guideline will have double hander shooting heads in 7-8), cut this down to 20 grams, and you will have a fantastic tool for fooling salmon in tricky conditions. You can also fish a dry fly on this rod without problems. This rod model is also well suited for a WF line, if that is what you prefer. In the 12,6 feet LeCie range there are also the following models:
12,6 f # 7-8.
12,6 f # 8-9.
12,6 f ” 9-10.
13,7 feet class 7-8, 3 pieces.
This is my favourite for Gaula fishing when the river is low and there is a strong upstream wind. For this rod, a shooting head of 28 grams is enough if you ask me, you can use a Power Taper 8-9 double hand shooting head. With a 28 gram line you will fish more than nice enough in strong winds and low water conditions. The rod is so easy to cast and wonderful to fish that it already gives me sleepless nights (a bit early perhaps?). The most used combination with this rod length is 9-10, so here you will fish two weight classes lighter and with a line weight that is 8-10 grams lighter than what is normal. This rod is also suited for WF lines. In the 13,7 feet LeCie range there are also the following rod models:
13,7 fot # 8-9.
13,7 fot # 9-10.
14,8 feet class 8-9, 3 pieces.
This will become the favourite rod for most people, many salmon fishers prefer to fish with a 14-15 foot rod as they feel the rod length in itself offers great advantages in terms of practical fishing. You can still do this, but also take advantage of fishing two weight classes lighter, with a gram weight that is 10-12 grams lighter. This is so exciting that I recommend to everyone fishing with the long double hand rods to try this rod. The rod casts so nice and easily, you will be surprised at how far you are able to cast with this rod. The reason for this is: such a long rod in such a light weight class is very easy to fully load, you will activate the whole rod length in the cast in an easy way. And with the excellent rod material in the LeCie range you will experience the important stop points as being very precise, I repeat myself: this rod is a dream to fish/cast with! I recommend a gram weight of 32 grams for this rod, use a Power Taper in class 9-10, cut this down to 32 grams and just enjoy the experience. You can also use the “Ready to go” shooting heads in class 8-9 on this model, then you don’t have to adjust the heads yourself. As with the other rods in this article, is this model also suited for a WF line if that is what you want to use. In the 14,8 feet LeCie range there are also the following rod models:
14,8 fot # 9-10.
14,8 fot # 10-11 mf.
14,8 fot # 10-11 f.
14,8 fot # 10-11 UK Spey.
The rods are also very good looking, with details that are both practical and a joy to look at. The rods are also labelled on each section, so that you can easily keep the different parts in order, while this also helps you to align the sections when assembling the rod.
I wish you a great salmon season at the end of a long and light double handed fly rod!