There is perhaps no better way to understand the intricate interplay between a perfectly matched rod and line than with spey casting. An over or undermatched spey rod feels dead in the hands, but find that Goldilocks-just-right pairing of shooting head and rod and you’ll gain a whole new understanding of effortless. For a long time, that casting Zen was the special purview of salmon and steelhead bums, but fortunately someone came to the brilliant realization that trout will eat flies cast with a spey rod, too. Read more to dial in your perfect Trout Spey setup.
TROUT SPEY HD
Built on a foundation of our Konnetic HD Technology, the TROUT SPEY HD blends the best of light weight and sensitivity. Due to its supreme tracking capabilities and tip recovery, the tip of the rod feels close to your hands and each stroke becomes intuitive and effortless.
Suited to the dedicated Spey angler that's looking for the highest performance two-hander for their favorite trout waters.
Easy-to-access high line speed allows a wide range of heads, tips, and flies to be utilized with precision, and fished effectively in variable conditions.
Spey casting for trout, swinging soft hackles & streamers on sink tips or skating dry flies on a light scandi line.
TROUT SPEY G5
The TROUT SPEY G5 is built on our proven Generation 5 Technology and is going to be a bit slower paced than the TROUT SPEY HD. Able to provide plenty of turnover capabilities for most Trout Spey situations and accept a good diversity of line and tip configurations, this will be a great all-around stick for the trout angler looking to dive into the two-handed game.
Forgiving in nature and accepting of a wide-range of line setups and casting styles, the TROUT SPEY G5 is great for novice or experienced Spey anglers alike.
Loading a bit deeper into the butt, this rod provides moderate to fast line speed capabilities that are both forgiving and offer versatility.
Swinging moderate sized streamers and nymphs on lighter sink tips.
TROUT SPEY SETUP HIGHLIGHTS
LIGHT SOFT HACKLE
Risers are sipping small emergers in the surface film, but they aren't keen on your dead-drifted dry fly technique. Enter the swing of a small unweighted soft-hackle. Often times this is the only way to entice these fish, and there's no more fun way to do it than with an ultra-light double hander. The TROUT SPEY HD 1109-4 gives unprecedented touch and sensitivity that will protect light tippets and deliver small soft hackles with supreme finesse. Once hooked, it possesses just enough backbone to be able to pull medium to large sized trout through currents.
Rod: TROUT SPEY HD 1109-4
Reel: TROUT SPEY 1/2/3
Lines: RIO Elite Trout Spey 190gr
Flies: Small to medium unweighted soft hackles, RIO's Tightline Caddis
Fisheries: Missouri River, Henry's Fork, South Fork, Yakima River
"Enter the TROUT SPEY HD. Sporting the Konnetic HD proprietary technology, these rods have the DNA. The TROUT SPEY HD 3wt is the big dry fly/small streamer/soft hackle specialist. It’s light, has incredible feel, and like all Sage rods with Konnetic HD technology, tracks straighter throughout the casting stroke, improving accuracy and efficiency. I have it paired with the RIO Trout Spey 3 wt head, which is 265 grains at 22’. Attach at least a 12’ RIO Spey Leader or 10’ VersiLeader and off you go!" - Jon Hazlett
Rod: TROUT SPEY HD 3110-4
Reel: TROUT SPEY 3/4/5
Lines: RIO Elite Trout Spey 265gr, light Versileaders
Flies: Small streamers, skating dry flies, larger soft hackles
Fisheries: Missouri River, Delaware River, Henry's Fork