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What should be looking for in a single handed rod. Want a single handed for when the river low.
 

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10' 7wt works for me. Nice soft action helps you land the fish.
 

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I have a 10ft 8wt which is light enough for all day use, strong enough to handle a decent fish and can cast a good line. I use a Guideline Bullet line which can handle small tubes if required.
Cheers Diarmid.
 

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Doesn't matter much - I know people that use 9' #5 weight rods and have done myself. The main issue is size and weight of lure. The bigger and heavier the lure the heavier the rod you need to comfortably chuck it. I use a 9'6” #7. Anything much bigger than that and you might as well go to doublehanders.
 

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I wouldn't want to drop to a #5 on a wide river but the likes of the Alness and wick it's good fun. I now use a 11ft rod that loads with #7 for roll casts and is officially a micro spey 3/4
 

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I've been using a 10ft 8wt Orvis Clearwater and Barrio SLX line on small highland rivers and for low water and sea trout. Have fished with this for full days for whole weeks no bother. Lost count of the number of fish caught (c. 2lb - 12lb) on this set up. Handles 8ft Airflo "Sea Trout" polyleaders or small tubes no bother. A real pleasure to fish with.
 

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So middle to tip action, I will fishing size 10 and 12 doubles and inch tubes
 

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I fish 90% with a single hand as I mostly fish shallow, small rivers and surface techniques. 9'6 to 10' #6/7/8 paired with a compact WF line like the Barrio SLX or Guideline Bullet Evolve is a general good allround kit. There is also a lot of decent single hand shooting heads around. Personally I prefer a medium fast action. If you plan to spey/underhand cast most of the time I would go for a 10' and a lot of UK anglers fish with these from boats I think (?). If you occasionally fish seatrout on the coast or in a lake (flat environment) and overhead cast, a 9'6" is a bit more universal and my prefered choice.
 

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I fish 90% with a single hand as I mostly fish shallow, small rivers and surface techniques. 9'6 to 10' #6/7/8 paired with a compact WF line like the Barrio SLX or Guideline Bullet Evolve is a general good allround kit. There is also a lot of decent single hand shooting heads around. Personally I prefer a medium fast action. If you plan to spey/underhand cast most of the time I would go for a 10' and a lot of UK anglers fish with these from boats I think (?). If you occasionally fish seatrout on the coast or in a lake (flat environment) and overhead cast, a 9'6" is a bit more universal and my prefered choice.
I am a big fan of Barrio lines and use them all the time for Grayling. I mainly fish the Ure where the fish run to mid twenty's
 

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I think it's tricky to get one rod that can do everything. The closest 2 I found was a Sage SLT 9'6" 8wt or a carbotec 10' 7wt. Make no mistake the Sage is a very powerful rod and I would be very careful with hooks much smaller than a 12, On the plus side you can cast heavy tubes. The carbotec is not so good with heavy tubes but fantastic with very small hooks and is my favourite. I've gone down the route of specialising. I use a big selection of single handers from a 9' 4wt to a 11' 8/9, depending what flies I'm fishing and where.
 

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I am a big fan of Barrio lines and use them all the time for Grayling. I mainly fish the Ure where the fish run to mid twenty's
Barrio is great yeah. Don't know the river in particular, but don't be too concerned with the size of the fish, a single hander can easily handle big fish, thats more down to reel capacity, retrieve and sometimes drag. The problem is wind, carrying big flies, long heavy tubes (as mentioned above) and lifting up sink tips (fast actioned rods does this better). A #7 will easily handle your 10-12 doubles and (if your leader is on point) unweighted inch long tubes. When it comes to a specific rod you will probably get as many suggestions as there is posters on here, but at least you got an idea about lenght, action and weight. I guess budget might be a concern as well, think about the warranty and availibility of spare parts as well. Best would be to try out different outfits if possible at a demo our from someone else on the river. Sorry about the generic lenght of this, but there are lots of factors and caveats. Personally I would choose a 9'6" #7 medium fast for versatility, but this is for my fishing :)
 
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I use a 10' #7/8 single hander with the Rio Single Hand Spey line on the Ure when the water is very low.
 

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Same as MCX. I use a 10’ 8 single handed with the Rio Single Hand Spey line on th Avon and the Frome. My priority was for a light rod that I could use all day long but strong enough to handle a good sized fish and have excellent casting capability.
 

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I think we may underestimate the power of contemporary light rods, especially when paired with a reel with a decent drag. If good to serious distance is not an over-riding factor, and I'm not throwing a tungsten Frances, then I'm very happy with a 9' 6'' 5wt today. It has replaced 10' 8wt that was a go to set-up not so long ago. In about 20 years using it I don't think I ever needed all its power except to beat the wind on a day I probably should not have been on the lake.
The 9' 6'' is a joy to use and well capable of having a conclusive conversation with 99% of salmon on these islands. About four years ago I saw some French anglers fish for mullet in a West Cork lagoon. They caught a decent few fish, some in the 4 to 6 pond bracket and anyone who has hooked mullet in shallow water knows that can be a lively prospect. They were using 5 and 4 wt rods and had no problems but they did have decent reels.

This is ultimately marketing but worth a look ... lighten up!!!


 

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I’m putting my loop cross back up for sale soon after having an absolute disaster through EBay last year trying to sell it & another couple of rods.
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I’m putting my loop cross back up for sale soon after having an absolute disaster through EBay last year trying to sell it & another couple of rods.
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Got this myself in the 5-piece travel version some months ago. Great multi-purpose rod, the best allround #7 I've tried, takes any line from 15-20 grams. Both great power, precision and feel - can highly recommend!
 

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I usually fish a stiff 10 foot 8 wt Sage (Z axis). Very strong rod and can through a good line. Had it for years. Although it does not cast heavy tubes well, so i use a big rod for them. Had salmon to 20 lb on it, pike to mid 20ies and have straighted a few salmon hooks when I was too frightened to follow. It will also happily fish dry flies for rainbows. I can not fault the rod, I just bend it more with a stronger leader. Fish it out of a boat 3 days in a row without sore arms but it is definitely not a boat rod. Started with a 10 foot 7wt Shimano twin power (also a stiff rod) but welcome the extra power in big fish. Single handed rods are brilliant for salmon, feel every head shake, but not sure I could control my knees shaking on a 5 wt.
 

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I use a Loop Evotec M/F 10'#8, with a Rio grande WFF...fishes superb, and has handled fish to 11lb so far with no problems?
(The 11 lb'er was a very, very, lively cock fish, which took me half way down my backing on its first run !:giggle:
Excellent to cast, mainly use for the hitch, where I need to hold rod high, can fish it all day.
Agree a good reel, & drag, is a must !

Mel....
 

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I have tried alot of single handed rods over the years,Sage,Loomis Greys and Hardy's for salmon fishing. Some I have really disliked and some ok and then you get that rod you will never sell. I have found this in the 10ft #6 Hardy Demon Sintrix, this rod paired with a 19gr Guideline Uls line and 10ft polyleaders makes me smile when I fish with it. With 20lb Amnesia running line I can throw a a small fly or Coneheads as far as most double handers..I have let a few ghillies try this outfit and they all reacted with a wow. I have had plenty of double figure fish played hard and relesed safely on this rod. Tireless to use all day long,sensitive, delicate presentation above all just a great casting tool and fun to fish with.I have a 10ft #7 Hardy Zenith a #9 Glooomis Native Run both great rods in their own right but they get left at home in favour of the 10ft Demon Simtrix #6. Buy one you will not regret it but do pair with the Uls line
 

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“Can throw as far as most double handers”

I’m not doubting the love for the demon sintrix or the set up, but that statement may just about ring true depending on the user, but all things being equal I seriously doubt it would cast further than most double handers
 

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These threads always makes OP more confused as there are so many options and personal preferences 😁. My final suggestion, which is as good as anyones, would be to go for the Cross S1 above. You will probably get a decent second hand price for it, if not its in the Loop Outlet on a discount. Loop has got a great presence in the UK as far as I'm concerned in case you need assistance. Play around with a few lines until you get it right, but I can tell you from experience the Barrio SLX, Guideline Bullet Evolve and Loop Opti stream are great for rivers and tight spaces. Cant go wrong with the Rio Single Hand Spey either. This rod is also not just restricted to underhand casting from the river bank, like some 10" #8s. It's a great tool if you ever want to fish seatrout on the coast, streamer for trout or any dry fly fishing for salmon - just pick a different line for the purpose and it will throw it.
 

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I use 10ft redington CPS in 7 and 8wt for low water small to medium rivers word is they are actually sage blanks I wouldn't worry about encountering any size of salmon with them. Great rods if you can find one second hand. ;)
 

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To further confuse the OP I generally now have 2 rods set up during my Heelan getaways.
A 10ft 7wt Vision Vipu for floating work and a Bloke 10ft 8wt for throwing a hover or fast inty and tubes with or without tips into the tails of pools especially when fish are running. The Bloke has much more backbone to carry out the sinking work work but both are more than capable of handling anything that takes the notion.
 
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