It’s easier to cover the water with a spey rod. If you need to cast more than 20 feet to get your fly to the fish, you can do it with a spey rod, with less effort than with a single-handed rod.
Spey rods give better line control. Mending with a 13′ rod allows you to move more line than mending with a single handled rod.
Spey casting is easier on your body – especially your shoulders. You can keep your arms close to your body and still get the line out with a spey rod.
If you’re like us and have made one too many double-hauls with 12 weight, your body will thank you for giving the two-hander a try.
During those occasional stretches where you’re not catching fish, the casting itself is fun. Much like making a great golf swing, hitting a cast right with a spey rod is fun, in and of itself.
All the gear is really fidgety and we like to stand around talking about gear. Guilty as charged. Spey fishing tackle and techniques are changing constantly, and it’s interesting to keep up with the cutting edge.
Sometimes you really do need to cast long. There are times when an 80′ cast just won’t reach where the fish are holding, and when you need to throw it far, the spey rod is your friend.
It’s not just for Salmon. Spey rods were made for swinging flies, so…any time you need to swing, you should think about a two-hander. Hoppers for trout on big rivers? Smolt patterns for giant rainbows or Sea Trout? Yeah, try a spey rod.
You don’t need to make a backcast. Many rivers is lined with bushes, and it’s hard to make a backcast when you’ve got bushes behind you. Those wise Scots developed spey casting to enable you to present a fly in front of you when you’ve got bushes behind you.
“There is never a feeling of despondency, just a belief that one more cast is all that is needed…”