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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Onthefly11 on Sep 6, 2020September 6th, 2020, 4:16 am EDT
Hi everyone. I bought a 4wt 11’ Redington trout spey that I want to use primarily for fishing streamers in alpine lakes and I was wondering if the resident Spey experts could provide some insight about the ideal Skagit line set up for this rod. I was thinking a Redington Behemoth 5/6 reel with an integrated 275g Skagit head and 10’ tip that is 5’ intermediate sink and 5’ full sink, but wasn’t sure if the rod had enough back bone to turn this weight over. Thanks!
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Martinlf on Sep 6, 2020September 6th, 2020, 2:51 pm EDT
Wish I could help you, but I can't. You can see what responses you get, but I'm thinking you'll get more help contacting some of the shops that specialize in Spey. You might try the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon (Google will get you there.) Mark might have some ideas, though he may not be familiar with that rod specifically.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Roguerat on Sep 6, 2020September 6th, 2020, 11:52 pm EDT

For what its worth- checking the Rio line selector specs for older rods shows that the Prospector has a grain window of 275-325 gr for a Skagit setup, with the lighter side recommended for more experienced casters and heavier head for novices- or those simply favoring a heavier head to load the rod to suit their casting style. It sounds like you intend to use a MOW tip on this setup so I'd suggest calculating the weight of the head as well, see how this factors in. A 275 gr line is the low end of the range so additional tip weight may not be too much for this particular rod.

Martin's advice on asking a shop for their input is spot-on, it's always best to ask those who have in depth knowledge. Casting preferences and style, slow or fast stroke on a cast, rod specifics ('full flex, tippy, a fast rod vs a slower loading one, etc) all play a part...and see if you can test-cast some lines to try and dial-in one that suits your particular rod and casting style if at all possible.

Tight lines, and sometimes it takes 2 hands...


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
Los Angeles

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Onthefly11 on Sep 7, 2020September 7th, 2020, 1:54 pm EDT
Thanks for the replies!!

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