Thinking trout spey?
Look. I know trout spey is the "hot" business. I know it is our fly fishing equivalent of chasing fireflies on a summer evening when you are six. I know technology does not solve problems.
I have a Winston Boron IIIx 4wt. I have Wulff triangle taper lines (roll cast machines). I use Wotton SLF dubing.
Ok, maybe technology can contribute to the on-the-water experience. It isn't a substitute for competence but then, my mechanic uses more than a pair of vise grips and a hammer most days.
OPST: Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics.
These guys have micro-heads that seem to work for trout guys. Yea, I know.
"Heads" for "trout guys."
When did those words start coming together in a sentence?
I've spent time here these past four years improving my casting. I started using single-handed Spey techniques and found joy. Water I could access grew. Success on the water grew. Frequently, I could fish where I wanted instead of where the river conditions dictated.
I fish Michigan brush-piles -- er, rivers -- and not Colorado meadow streams.
Fast water. Deep water. Runs where I cannot get good footing (slippery clay). High banks. High banks with leaning brushy vegetation. These are all still problems.
I do think there is something that can help: OPST micro-skagit heads.
I'm going to try them. I'll let you know.
I'm buying several heads. I'll fish them on my fours (epoxy+boron and fiberglass), my fives (graphite, glass, and Hardy's epoxy and silica), and a big five/six (glass). I won't use it on my cane. My collection I small (2) and I've protective of these bits of grass.
I do use a three frequently; but, I don't really need to change anything for the water on which I cast the three. It's fine as it is. YMMV.
I'll report. The super short head is attractive. 2018 might be a year of the swing -- streamers and soft-hackle teams. Still playing with that. Never too early to get a jump on next year.
I need a new seven.
I have two Sage sevens and both are two-piece rods -- wait, gave one away [ Trident ] and ... Look, I don't like graphite in two-piece. Seems hideously impractical. It's graphite, for dog's sake. It isn't anything like cane. Cut. It. Up.
Questions? I found a fellow to help answer some of them. Oliver Sutro seems to cover the basics quite nicely.
Listen for yourself.