Michael Evans Speycaster II 15’ rod..

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Managed to pick up a nice ME Speycaster II rod recently but struggling to load it with an early Arrowhead 9/11 Spey floater.. Me thinks I need a line with a bit more oomph (weight).. Has anyone had similar issues with these rods and managed to resolve them.?

All info appreciated.

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I never took a liking to the split handles on M.E. Speycaster rods, his Arrowhead lines were the start of the shooting head type lines in the late 1990's , a great improvement on wWF and double taper lines. they were 65 ft heads ,short spey lines then , 65 ft is no classed as a long spey head line these days, the running line used to crack up and go brittle after a hard seasons fishing . out dated lines now , go for a Rio outbound 10/11 integrated line , and you will cast miles
 

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Thanks Scierra, much appreciate your comments.. The rod feels robust and I believe, rolled and built here in the UK so took up the ‘challenge’ so to speak.. I’ve also just nailed a nice Orvis WF11 medium head, integrated Spey floater off eBay too, so hoping this setup will do the business..

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Was having a play with one the other week. The angler who owned it had some sort of airflo long head spey line on with a multi tip. I could cast it but it was hard work as im used to 13 footers and scandi lines. The lad that owns it can belt out a great line with it.
Also the split handle didnt really bother me as it was where my hand would be anyway.

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Bear in mind Salmo9, the Evans lines are designed to be used with his 10ft parallel polys in place!, they're part n parcel of the line as it were. Loop one onto the front end, you should see a difference!.
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Likewise Rrrr, the abbreviated handle made no difference to me.. Like you, I use a 13’ rod but with shooting heads with little trouble but was hit with a dose of fishing nostalgia after re-discovering an early Spey casting video of Derek Brown throwing lovely loops with a double tapered line.. of all things.

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Ahh, thanks Rennie.. After all these years I didn’t know that..! Me and a mate were really struggling with the arrowhead 9/11 floater combined with the Speycaster II. The line just felt a little too light to load that particular rod, plus we’d neither swung a rod since last spring so a bit rusty to say the least..

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Likewise Rrrr, the abbreviated handle made no difference to me.. Like you, I use a 13’ rod but with shooting heads with little trouble but was hit with a dose of fishing nostalgia after re-discovering an early Spey casting video of Derek Brown throwing lovely loops with a double tapered line.. of all things.

Cheers - Salmo9.
It took me a good few casts to get back to the big sweeping movements and high lift needed to get a big d loop going.

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Bear in mind Salmo9, the Evans lines are designed to be used with his 10ft parallel polys in place!, they're part n parcel of the line as it were. Loop one onto the front end, you should see a difference!.
Pedro.
Ive got one of his arrowhead lines that came on a spare hardy spool from ebay and have been meaning to test cast it. Any idea if a 10ft airflo poly will work ?

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Yes it will Rrrr, his own work that bit better due to the slightly heavier weight of a parallel item.Not much in it though, for years I used 10ft Airflo's well enough on my Evans lines. As much as the weight, it's the extra length too.
Pedro.
 

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Yes it will Rrrr, his own work that bit better due to the slightly heavier weight of a parallel item.Not much in it though, for years I used 10ft Airflo's well enough on my Evans lines. As much as the weight, it's the extra length too.
Pedro.
Very interesting. I used his original lines years ago and found there was no margin for error in setting up the cast. But I didn't use polyleaders. Sounds like I should have done.
 

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Evans Arrowhead lines....inherited in 2009 a 10/11 white floater and a 10/11 light green Intermediate , both 66' heads.
Used them for 2 seasons on 10/11 Z-axis 15' with just 12' of Maxply leader. No problem and no feeling that a poly leader would add to performance.
They are very good. Supple, punchy , easy to cast and durable...happy to use them now if they are on a reel.
Does anyone know what grain/gram weight Evans lines are rated at? He did measure just the first 30' for weight ....but that is hardly helpful.
 
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