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    Default Advice on single handed rod

    I previously posted a thread regarding the use of a switch rod single handed. From the responses I got and other threads I have read,I think that I am going to use a single hand rod next year and try for Salmon. I currently have a 9' #6/7 Shakespeare which I use on the small river I fish. My question is whether that would be enough or should I consider a Shakespeare Agility 2 10' #8 which seems to have good reviews. As this is my first year fly fishing I value any advice I get from this forum. Is there a lot of difference between the rod I have and the 10'?

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    I use a 9.6ft 7# agility 2 for salmon on my local river, this year I've landed 6 salmon/grilse up to 8/10lb with plenty reserve left in the rod.
    Before the agility I used a 10ft 6/7wt snowbee diamond again the rod had plenty in reserve.
    I've never seen anything over 8/10lb in my local so I don't feel remotely disadvantaged with the 7wt, the 9.6ft agility comes with a extension which I find very useful for landing bigger fish and casting in tight areas.

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    So many different factors to consider. Where will you fish - size of river? Fishing early on with big tubes and sunk lines? What's you budget? How often do you think you will fish?

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    So many different factors to consider. Where will you fish - size of river? Fishing early on with big tubes and sunk lines? What's you budget? How often do you think you will fish?
    Further to these points - is it a river with open banks where you can follow a hooked fish if need be or get downstream of it for the fight. Or is it a tree lined tumbling spate river where you might have to hold a fish hard to keep it in the pool because following it downstream is not an option?
    I've fished wide open rivers in Sutherland with 6 weight single handers but fishing small rough spate rivers in Devon and Cornwall with the same rods would be a non starter, something with much more backbone was required to hold the fish even though they were generally half the size!


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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    It is a small river and, in the main, I would be able to follow the stream if required. As a beginner what I probably need to know is just how much difference there is between my 9' 6/7# and the Shakespeare Agility 2 10' #8.

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    What model is your shakespeare 6/7wt?

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    I’ve got the agility 2 in a 10’ 7wt as a backup for rainbow fishing . It’s a fast actioned rod for casting/dragging out sunk lines rather than playing fish . I wouldn’t use it for salmon let alone seatrout.10’ is a good length, 7 weight is ok , 8wt will have more backbone for playing fish . Get something with more of a medium action though.

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    It's a Sigma Al. Thanks for replying.

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    Is there anything you would suggest? I wouldn't know the difference between fast and medium actions rods as I'm a real novice as I just started fly fishing this year at the age of 72. Just enjoying getting out on the river.

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    I go salmon fishing in Russia and sometimes use a 9' #5 even though the fish can reach a meter long. This is because one of the rivers I fish isn't huge and the size of rod to use is mostly about the size of the river you'll be fishing and the size of the lure you need to chuck. If you're going to be throwing 2” tungsten lures on sinking lines into deep water you'll need something heavy. Small doubles on a floating line only require a small rod.

    Having said all that, I'd more usually use my 9’6 #7 because I can go heavier if I need to and some prefer a 10' #8. Most of this is just personal preference. If I was you, I'd give it a go with what you've got and decide after that - I suspect it'll be fine, we tend to focus too much on minor variances in our tackle and not enough on the actual fishing.

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    Default Re: Advice on single handed rod

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo116 View Post
    It's a Sigma Al. Thanks for replying.

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    Is there anything you would suggest? I wouldn't know the difference between fast and medium actions rods as I'm a real novice as I just started fly fishing this year at the age of 72. Just enjoying getting out on the river.
    I had a 10ft 6# sigma supra I thought It was quite a fast/powerful rod, i would have been confident using it on my local.

    The downside is it's quite heavy your arm/wrist will breath a sigh of relief with a 9.6ft 7/8# agility 2 in your hand.

    There's a lot of good points made above being able to follow the fish is probably the most important issue imo.
    If you're intending to cast bigger flies there is a single handed line available for the job.

    Fast or slow action rods is a term used to describe how soft or stiff a rod is.

    Al
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