In the world of flyfishing for salmon, steelhead and to some degree trout, there are two styles of fly rods. Our NativeRun salmon & steelhead fly rods, as well as all of our trout fly rods are considered single-hand rods. As the name implies, they are meant to be cast with one hand. The casting hand manipulates the rod while the off hand controls the line and makes the connection between the rod, the reel and the angler complete. Single-hand salmon and steelhead fly rods range from 9- to 10-feet, with the majority in the 9.5- to 10-foot range. These rods are designed to fish riffles and runs where there's sufficient room for backcasts and you can cover the area without a lot of interference. When the shoreline backdrop is brush or trees, anglers resort to roll casting which requires very little space for a backcast, but it limits your casting range. As long as the current isn't divided into too many channels, or too wide, a single-hand rod will allow you to mend line sufficiently to fish this water effectively. It's when the area behind you doesn't provide enough room for a backcast and the fish are out of reach for roll casting or the holding water is separated from the angler by multiple current speeds that you must turn to a two-hand rod. It's what NRX, NRX Scandi, Greased Line GLX, Dredger GLX, Stinger GLX and VersaSpey are all about. Spey casting is not only a beautiful thing to watch, but intensely satisfying to do. It's not a new style of fishing, but more a revival of a traditional technique made popular over a century ago on Scotland's Spey River. There's a definitive advantage to spey casting, especially on big rivers. Your ability to manage a long line, both in the air and on the water is directly proportional to your success. The long rod is a huge advantage. Imagine - you're up to your waist in the river, the fish are holding in small slot on the other side of some soft water where there's minimal current and it's giving you fits. Now imagine a 14-foot rod that will allow you to not only reach the spot, but make a long-distance mend, giving you that perfect swing... bingo!! Two-hand fly rods can make a tough day on the water successful as well as enjoyable. It's a boon to fly fishers all over the world and thanks to G.Loomis' technology, these oversized fly rods are not only more efficient, they're light as a feather... advantage angler!
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