A Rod is a Rod is a Rod

A double hand rod, equally suitable for Spey casting or overhead casting, as any other fly rod in fact

Yesterday a beginner fly fisher with tennis elbow problems was asking for advice on gear. His #7 weight rod was too painful to use.

I offered him to try a bunch of my rods, and specially some double hand ones to see if they make any difference with his ailment —adding that the real cure is in improving casting technique in the first place. He replied: —But I don’t want to get into the water and those rods ask for that, don’t they?

Obviously he was referring to Spey casting. Then I explained that the casting technique you use is independent of the rod you are casting with.

As an instructor I think that avoiding misunderstandings is key when teaching. If calling a double hand rod “Spey rod” causes confusion, is it worth to use that expression?

The weirdest thing I have ever seen about this was a recent comment by a fishing partner of mine, when he talked about his “Skagit rod”. Go figure.

So is this a “Spey rod”, an “overhead rod”, or just a longish rod with a handle that allows you to grip it with both hands?:

Words are powerful, use them with care.

3 comments on “A Rod is a Rod is a Rod

  1. paracaddis says:

    I get your point in not wishing to confuse Aitor, and agree, but given that the line weight designations are different, perhaps there is good cause to separate the rods? A thought..

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  2. Aitor says:

    Tim, that is a good point. Fortunately more and more rods these days give info about the the line weight in grams and grains apart form the line number.


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