Two-handed casting for trout is becoming more popular over the past few years with the arrival of lighter weight switch rods. After getting many requests from clients to design and build such rod, I’m now pleased to add light Trout Spey Rods to my offerings. I’ve designed these rods for swinging streamers and soft hackles, and skating dry flies for trout. I’ve designed two actions, a medium action with an ideal grain window of 250 to 300 grains, and a medium-fast action with an ideal grain window of 300 to 350 grains. Both are 10′ 6″ – 3 piece rods – suitable for 4/5 wt switch lines, and both can be solid or hollow-built. I’ve modeled both rods with Progressive Tapers that have a wonderfully smooth casting action. I’m offering these rods for $1800 with one tip, and $2000 with 2 tips.
I build this rod with either an ebony or figured english walnut reel seats and matching butt caps, turned from the same piece of hardwood. The guide wraps are Pearsalls Silk thread in black or claret primary wraps with straw and cardinal tips. A custom machined winding check with a matching accent balances out the cork grip. The ferrules are blued, and a 20 mm banded Brazilian Agate Stripping Guide and bronzed Snake Guides round out this custom rod.