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Saturday August 23rd, 2014

There are several good reasons for fishing double handers. I use them for many reasons - the two important ones being effective fishing and good fun! But the most important reason is the length of the rod!

Many find them "stronger" and "more powerful". Well, while the latter might be true when it comes to casting weight, I actually find that I fight fish more effectively on a singlehander, and fish are certainly easier to land with a singlehanded rod, unless of course you have plenty off room to beach them - then it really doesn't matter.

But the long rod lets me fish very effectively since I can reach out over weeds, mend the line effectively and even use the rod (and mending) to almost park the fly in known and obvious lies to provoke back end salmon and sea trout.

Doublehanders are also quite easy to cast non-dominant hand uppermost making fishing the "wrong" bank easier. And since the lines are heavier (and often sinking in my rivers) wind becomes easier to handle as well. And of course, heavy lines (weight and density both) makes casting big tubes a bliss.

Also the heavier the sinking line, the deeper I can fish. What I mean is, and 8-wt type 4 sinker sinks faster than a 6-wt type 4 sinker and then imagine how much faster a spey-standard 8-wt type 4 sinks. And these heavy sinking lines are also much easier to handle on the DH-rod.

Today's PoD is a link to our YouTube-channel with a short clip of me fishing my DH-rod. The location doesn't really allow me to wade - two small steps into the river and I'll be in over my head. Right behind me (as in right behind) is a steep, tree clad bank, and the trees are even hanging out over the river. For me, a perfect location for the two hander.

This clip was shot a week or so ago, and I'm fishing my Rio Scandi Short VersiTip, which is an absolutely awesome line. It's easy to cast, relatively short, so I can actually fish it in these locations, and the tips are interchangeable. It comes with floating, intermediate, type III and type VI tips. I've added T-8, T-11, T14 and T-17 in 10 feet, and a T-17 in 12'6".

The 8-wt system handles all these tips well, the 7-wt struggles a little with the T-17-tips, but it's doable. And I just love fishing sink tip lines, especially late in the summer and autumn when the weed is really high and plentiful. It's so much easier to actually fish my own bank with snagging and the floating portion of the line offers a little more speed than on a full sinker, since the surface current is usually faster. There's some more sinking line-ramblings here.

This means that you must remember that the sinking tip is "trailing" the floating portion, and when the floating portion is coming close to your own bank, the sink tip is still fishing further out, so it's important to wait it out.

And of course, switching tips takes less than 30 seconds. Just remember to loop-to-loop your leader onto the tip with a really big Perfection Loop - big enough to pass your fly through. Then you won't even have to re-tie the fly to change sink rate!

Have a great weekend!


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