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Abel Spey Reels
Nearly everyone on our crew owns an Abel Spey Reel. Mark owns both an Abel Spey and a Switch reel. These reels come with either ported or solid spools. They may be the perfect blend of 100+ years of incremental improvement, joined with American craftsmanship. There is no other reel of this type that compares. The finish on these reels will boggle your mind. In colors they are nearly infinitely customizable. Mechanically they are incredibly simple. They have low inertial start-up, but enough guts to get the job done. They are finger-tip and palm controllable with one of the smoothest, most comfortable rims that ever graced a fly reel. We will up-grade your Abel Spey Reel with the new stronger springs, which will double the drag pressure at the heaviest setting, which has been a very popular improvement. The Abel Spey Reel has developed a cult following amongst the most experienced upper level steelheaders? No doubt about it. This is the Rolex of Spey Reels. And they are very collectable, as things of the highest quality always are.

At the time of this publication, the reels below are in stock for the pleasure of your inspection, or your order. This selection of colors matches up with most of the best rods out there. Abels are infinitely customizable. You can get ported or non-ported. Many different colors and patterns are available too. From us each reel comes with a free .030 Rio Powerflex Core Shooting Line and 150-yards of #30 Micron Backing installed for free. This setup should go well with any Scandi or Skagit Head appropriate for this size of reel.
Be sure to include which hand you wind with.

Item Description Price To Top
01-096-LA Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Black Gloss $500
01-096-SA Abel Spey Reel with solid spool, COLOR, Black Gloss $500
001-098-006-01 Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Dark Olive $575
11760 Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Deep Green $575
001-098-006-001 Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Platinum $575
001-098-006-01-SLATE Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Slate $575
001-098-001-01 Abel Spey Reel with ventilated spool, COLOR, Flat Black $500

Give Your Feet A Present - The Cure For Cold!
We have worn these socks in the field and sold them in our store for over 30 years. They are still the best boot and under wader socks available. They are a wool/nylon blend with loop pile inside the foot. This gives them tremendous insulation, cushion and absorbency to keep you comfortable all day. Order a pair and wear them for a day while fishing , and you will order more!

Size Chart

Sock Size Women's Shoe Size Men's Shoe Size
Small 4-6 N/A
Medium 6 1/2 - 10 5 - 8 1/2
Large 10 1/2 - 12 9 - 12
Extra Large N/A 13 - 15
Description Price To Top
FOXSOK-S Fox River Outdoor Socks, size small $14.95
FOXSOK-M Fox River Outdoor Socks, size medium $14.95
FOXSOK-L Fox River Outdoor Socks, size large $14.95
FOXSOK-XL Fox River Outdoor Socks, size x-large $14.95

Seven Weight Spey Rods
Beulah Echo G. Loomis Sage TFO Winston
The Steelhead-Spey Revolution really heated up around 1990, with the publishing of Trey Combs' great book, Steelhead Fly Fishing. Because of the long-belly lines employed at the time, rods in the 14'-15' 9/10-weight sizes were most popular. Now shorter-belly, super-efficient Skagit/Scandi shooting head lines are more popular. Rods are still evolving to be ever lighter in swing-weight and line size. Seven-weight rods have emerged as the most popular all around size of two-hander for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. Actions vary from super-fast to slower than medium. For our discussion here, seven-weight rods can vary from 6/7 through 7/8 weight sizes, and will fall into the Skagit Head range of 450-575 grains in weight. The most popular steelhead rod lengths currently are from 12 1/2' and 13 1/2' long.  Last week we did inventory and we carry over two dozen models of 6/7/8-weight Spey Rods. During the winter, rods that function best with Skagit heads weighing 500-575 grains are most popular. In that category we carry sixteen models, and they all sell. Of course some are vastly more popular than others.
Pictured below are the rod/reel/line combos that accompany me during the early winter months on most river in the Pacific Northwest. This set has evolved over a period of time and is up-dated as necessary. The numerical order in the picture is just how they laid out on the boat seat, not the order of popularity. All these rods will throw the same lines, but each has an operating window and personality that is distinct from the other rods in the picture.
1. Echo3 7130 w/ Lamson Waterworks ARX 3.5 Reel, Airflo Miracle Braid Shooting Line, 560 S.A. Skagit Extreme + 12' T11. This rod comes in either green finished fishing rod or white instructors rod. I have both, and use both. The one pictured here is the white instructors rod. It gets a lot of play during schools and in videos showing casting sequences. This is a great all around rod for beginners or experienced steelhead fishers.
2. Sage 7136-4 Z-AXIS w/ Nautilus 12CCF Reel, Airflo Miracle Shooting, Rio iFlight 550 and 10' of T-14. The Z-Axis series is no longer in production and as a retailer, I should replace it with the newer technology 7136-4 ONE, but this is such a great stick, I just haven't got around to it. It is often my "go-to" for anything Skagit.
3. G. Loomis 1567/8-4NRX w/ Lamson Waterworks Lightspeed 3.5 Reel, 520 S.A. Skagit Extreme Integrated Line. This is the lightest weight rod/reel outfit in the arsenal.  Adapting my casting style to it took some time until I realized that this rod takes nearly no amount of physical effort. It will pump out incredibly long casts with the shortest acceleration immaginable.
4. R.L. Winston 7133-4B2X w/ Nautilus 11/12NV Reel, Frog Hair  Shooting Line, Airflo 570 Skagit Compact, 10-13' T11 or T14. Within the price rang, 7133B2X is the most popular steelhead rod we have ever sold. It literally matches up with any Skagit line from 500-600 grains. It does Scandi as well as Skagit.
5. Beulah 1327-4 Platinum w/ Abel Spey Reel, Frog Hair  Shooting Line, Airflo 540 Skagit Compact, 10-13' T11 or T14. This is easily the best Spey rod in the under $600 category and maybe the longest casting rod on this page. The marriage of three different graphite composites and boron within the engineering of this rod makes it load easy and very fast to build great line speed.

Beulah

SP1327-4 Platinum

Length: 13' 2" Line: #7 Pieces: 4

Maybe the “Sweetheart” in the series! Mainly because this rod can be fished confidently anywhere in the lower 48 and abroad for summer or winter Steelhead and will cross-over into Chinook territory. Beulah's new 13’2” Platinum is not an 8 weight in 7 weight clothing, it is an extremely “Crisp” 7 weight that loads easily with a variety of lines and casting styles. The finished rod weighs only 6.8 ounces making it easy to fish long hard days on the water chasing “Steel”. Ridiculously light in hand this rod balances with reels as light as 8 ounces and handles reels nicely to 11 ounces. You won’t have a hard time finding a place for this rod in your two-handed quiver!
Rod Weight: 7.0 ounces.
USE OF ROD: Fishing variety of lines for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook and Sea run Browns, Chinook and Silver Salmon.
ACTION:
Slightly regressed Traditional “Spey” action/ fast recovery
FLY LINE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Scandinavian:
450-475 grains
Skagit: 485-540 grains (Mark likes 520-540)
Mid Belly: 515-575 grains, Airflo Delta 7/8, Rio Windcutter 7/8/9
Long Belly: 515-595 grains, CND GPS 6/7 or 7/8 for deep load
Platinum Spey Rod Series 13'2" 7wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions).
Receive a FREE Rio or Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SP1327-4 Platinum Spey 7 Moderate/Fast Standard $575

SP1277/8-4 Classic

Length: 12' 7" Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

This rod is weapon of choice for the Beulah staff as well as many other dedicated two-hand steelhead fisherman. This rod can do the work of many 13'-14'0 rods, is forgiving enough to be a sound choice for the beginning Spey caster and refined enough for those "in the know" casters with many years of Spey experience behind them. This is the rod that put Beulah on the map with the coined phrase "Dude it's a $400.00 rod that casts, feels, and looks like a $700.00 rod". Recommended lines:
Skagit Lines: 400-450 grains,
Rio AFS 460.
Rod Weight: 8.7 ounces.
Receive a FREE Rio or Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SP1277/8-4 Spey 7/8 Fast Standard $435


Echo Seven-Weight Spey Rod Comparison
Echo produces three different thirteen foot seven weight two-hand fly rods. Each has their own mission, action and personality. Dec Hogan designed the DH Series to be the perfect line of Skagit Rods. Tim Rajeff designed his own two versions: the TR and the Echo3. Whereas the 7130-4DH has a typical Dec Hogan/Ed Ward parabolic action, the 7130-4TR is more muscular through the butt and mid-sections. This enables the TR to throws both Skagit and lighter weight Scandi heads equally well. Both the DH and TR series have been well accepted, but since the TR is more versatile, it has become the more popular of the two.
The Echo3 is made from higher modulus graphite. It has a faster action and is lighter in weight than the TR, which makes it much, much faster than the DH. It is a very good Skagit rod, but is an exceptional Scandi rod. Because of the more expensive higher modulus graphite used in the construction of the blank, the Echo3 is $200 more than each of the other two Echo Spey series.
This last winter (2012) I used both the TR and Echo3 rods a lot while fishing for winter steelhead. Both rods were equipped with Airflo Skagit Compact 540-grain heads and various sinking tips. After experimenting with both rods with a number of different brands and weights of Skagit heads, the 540's were selected because they seemed most comfortable all around. Both rods are very pleasant to fish with. The Echo3 seems to have slightly more range, and is much lighter in swing weight. Also the 7130-4 Echo3 is on of the finest Scandi rods I've ever cast. It gets my nod and is worth the extra $200, especially if you are going to fish summer steelhead using Scandi heads.
Echo E3-7130 Length: 13' Sections: 4 Line Weight 7
Grains: 450-540
This is a very popular size for steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great all-around rod for Deschutes steelhead, and will also prove to be the perfect tool for most Oregon winter steelhead as well. So far E3-7130 has attracted the most attention of any two-hand rod in the Echo3 series.
Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Echo3 Instructor Rod
This model comes in two versions: (E3) Normal fishing rod - green wraps on a green blank, and (E3I) Instructors rod - white wraps on a white blank for easy visibility for students watching their instructor.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7130 E3 7 Fast B (22") $549.95

7130 E3I 7 Fast B (22") $549.95


ECHOTR7130 Length: 13' Sections: 4 Line Weight 7
Grains: 450-540
This is a very popular size for steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod for Deschutes "A" Run steelhead. This is a great all around steelhead rod. It casts Scandi and Skagit heads equally well. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo TR rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
ECHO-TR7130 TR 7 medium fast Standard $349.95


ECHODH7130-4X

Length: 13' Line: 7 Pieces: 4

Echo Dec Hogan Spey

This is a slower action Skagit Rod. The Echo 13’0” #7 was designed as a heavy summer steelhead rod or a light winter rod. It handles larger flies and medium size tips with ease. It's great for steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, and Coho.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Series
Item
Recommended Line Weights
Price To Top
DH 7130 #7, 480-590 grains $389.95


G. Loomis
NRX 1567/8-4 Length: 13' Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

This is the one we've been waiting for, the modern all around steelhead rod. This rod was designed to do it all: Scandi, Skagit, touch and go, or sustained anchor, this rod likes them all. It also likes anadromous fish from 5-20 pounds. so do we. This is by far the lightest, most advance rod on this page. Like a faster higher-strung horse, there may be a period of adjustment period. When you get one of these babies to be your servant, your casting skills have been elevated. In trained hands this rod throws loops that are mind boggling...oh, so easy!
Mark & Josh both likes the Scientific Anglers 520 Skagit Extreme with this rod. Mark uses a one-piece line with an integrated tip and shooting line. Some distance is lost to the multi-piece version with mono running line. The integrated running line does generate slightly more friction, but massive amounts of water can still be reached and the lack of loop to loop connections has calming effect. If you want one of the integrated lines just say so in the comments section of our online order form and we will substitute it for the Skagit Shooting head.
FREE FLY LINE INCLUDED, CHOOSE FROM SELLECTION BELOW!

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
12152-01 NRX
Blue
480-520
Grains
Fast E $1,130

12157-01 NRX
Green
480-520
Grains
Fast B $1,130

Free Custom Skagit Shooting Head with Josh's Spey Swivel, and Varivas Airs shooting Line and Custom Sinking Tip

Free Custom Scandi Shooting Head with Josh's Spey Swivel, and Varivas Airs shooting Line and VersiLeader

Free Rio Unispey Line

FR 156-4 Stinger GLX 32g/500gr

Length: 13' Line: #500-grains Pieces: 4

A crisp casting 13-footer that, under the traditional line rating system system would be an 8/9, but since the shooting heads for the Scandinavian style of casting are rated by their actual weight, we rate them in grams for Europe and Grains for the North American market. It's designed to cast short heads Scandi-style, but is very capable of handling a wide variety of casting styles with the proper lines. It's a great all-purpose rod for salmon and steelhead, giving you a little more distance with larger flies, even in the wind.
FREE Rio Steelhead Scandi Shooting Head, Spey Swivel and Powerflex® Core Shooting Line
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11817-01 GLX 500-gr Med-Stiff Fast 1008 $875.00
FR1607/8-4 RR-Dredger GLX

Length: 13' 4" Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

This is an extremely light rod for summer steelhead and small salmon. It handles a 450 to 475 grain Skagit line, plus the sink-tip. It casts well in light winds with small to medium weighted flies. You'll appreciate how effortlessly this rod covers the water from 50-90 feet. If the conditions are right you can loop on a floating tip and fish dry flies effectively with this rod. (Travis Johnson uses this rod a lot and his favorite line is an Airflo Skagit Compact 480).
FREE Rio Skagit Flight Shooting Head, Spey Swivel and Powerflex® Core Shooting Line
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11471-01 GLX 7 - 8 Med Med-Fast 1008 $825.00
FR1567/8-4 VersaSpey Length: 13' Line: 7/8 - 500 gr. Pieces: 4
The all around steelhead stick for average Pacific Northwest fishing conditions. Will throw the full range of lines and flies to cover all but the most extreme situations. You could be comfortable with this rod on the Deschutes in September and the Sandy in February. A great choice for salmon an sea run trout that average 6-15 pounds.
Scani Line Choices: Rio AFS: 460gr Airflo Scandi Compact: 420gr
Skagit Line Choices: Rio Skagit Flight: 525gr Airflo Skagit Compact: 510gr
Rod weight: Ounces
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
11813-01 VersaSpey 7/8 Med-Fast 1012 $595

Free Custom Skagit Shooting Head with Josh's Spey Swivel, and Varivas Airs shooting Line and Custom Sinking Tip


Sage

7126-4 ONE

Length: 12' 6" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

Line Recommendations:
Skagit Flight: 500, Skagit Short 525, Steelhead Scandi 480-31', Scandi Short Veri-Tip #8, Uni-Spey 7/8, Standard Outbound for Lakes/Beach WF-9 F/I
Reel Recommendations: Sage 6080, 4280, 3830CF, Nautilus: NV6/7, Vanquish: V8LT
Rod weight in Ounces:
6 3/8

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7126-4 ONE 7 Fast A $915

7136-4 ONE

Length: 13' 6" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

Line Recommendations:
Skagit Flight: 550, Skagit Short 575, Steelhead Scandi 480-34', Scandi Short Veri-Tip #8,
Uni-Spey 7/8
Reel Recommendations: Sage 6010, 4210, 3810CF, Nautilus: NV10/11, Vanquish: V10LT
Rod weight in Ounces:
7 5/8

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7136-4 ONE 7 Fast B $960

7126-4 TCX

Length: 12' 6" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

9140-4 TCX

Termed by George Cook, "The Death Star" of spey rods." The name really caught on. George has already taken some massive Alaskan Kings, and big bobos with it, as well as several Dean River steelhead. Mark Bachmann has fished this rod for ten sessions on the Deschutes and says, "If you are into generating line speed, you will love this lightweight rod. Don't think this rod is just for expert casters. Beginning Spey casters adapt to this rod easily. Because it lacks all of the harsh aspects of its predecessors, it is exceptionally easy to time. Because this rod is on the cutting edge, anyone who fishes this rod will naturally become a better caster. This may be the best ever steelhead/salmon rod by any manufacturer for fishing in the wind. The 7126-4 TCX is like nothing else you have ever fished with, and will become a pivotal mark in the scientific progression of steelhead rod design."
Rod weight: 7 5/8 oz.
The Fly Fishing Shop Line Matches:
Rio UniSpey: 7/8
Rio Skagit 525, New Rio Skagit Flight 500 or 525, Airflo Skagit 510 Compact + 15’ #9 tips.
Rio AFS 460 grain, Airflo Compact Scandi 510 - European casters may like AFS 460 best.

Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
7126-4 TCX 7 Fast G $865

7133-4 VXP

Length: 13' 3" Line: #7 Pieces: 4
Versatility, killer performance and price-point all meet on the curve in this new lightweight performer. All around Steelhead, big Alaskan Rainbows, Sea-Run Browns & Dollies all fit the use profile of this stellar new rod.
Line Match:
Steelhead Scandi 510, Skagit Flight 550 , UniSpey 7/8
Sink Tip Use:
15’ 129 & 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ and 12.5’ lengths. M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
Reel Match: Sage 3810, Tibor Riptide, Sage 4210

Rod weight: 8 1/8 Ounces.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7133-4 VXP 7 Medium-Fast T $595


TFO

TF 7/8 130 4 DC

Length: 13' Sections: 4 Line Weight in Grains: 450-700

A very fine rod for medium size flies and steelhead. Can be useful in winter as well as summer.
Mike's Remarks:
Standard Puget Sound summer and winter wet and dry flies.
Mike's Line Recommendations:
Skagit: 500/550 with tips to 200 grains
Rio Skagit 500/550, Airflo Skagit 7/8
Short Belly Spey with tips:
Airflo Delta Spey 7/8
Mid Length Spey with tips:
Airflo 7/8 Delta Long , Rio Power Spey 7/8, CND GP 7/8 or 8/9 for deep loading
Scandi:
450 to 500 grains <> Head length 32 to 34 feet
Rod comes with Cordura covered hard case & sock.
Rod Weight: 8.9 ounces

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
TF 7/8 130 4 DC Deer Creek 7/8 Med Deer Creek $359.95

Deer Creek Winter Steelhead Spey Outfit
Outfit Includes:
TFO 13' 7/8 Deer Creek Rod with case, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio Skagit Flight 550-grain Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio T-11, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. It is rigged for chasing winter steelhead on the Pacific Northwest rivers. This is a smoking hot deal on a great outfit.
Be sure to click which hand you prefer to wind the reel with.
Item Description Price To Top
TF 7/8 130 4 DC OUTFIT Deer Creek Winter Steelhead Outfit Includes- TFO 13' 7/8 Dear Creek Rod with case, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio Skagit Flight 550-grain Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio T-11, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. $559.95
13' - #7/8 Deer Creek Spey Rod Test Report
The Dear Creek 13' 7/8 is a fast European action type rod. For its price, it is exceptionally crisp, kind of like a downsized version of a Sage 8134-4 ZAXIS. It rocks with a 550-grain Rio Skagit Flightor an Airflo 540-grain Skagit Compact and 12' of T-11, or any of the Medium M.O.W. tips. There are a number of distinguishing features to the Deer creek Series of rods. After inspecting the flawless deep maroon finish, tasteful appointments and banded cork work, you will no doubt realize that the handle is unusually small in diameter. At first this felt alien to me. It was only after experimenting and analyzing a variety of casting strokes, that it became apparent that to drive this vehicle you need only finger tip control. This rod has an action that demands that the caster conserves energy. If line speed is the measure of worth, this rod at $359.95 is a bargain!

Winston
B2X78133

Length: 13' 3" Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

Winston Spey

Patty Barnes, Deschutes River, Winston B2X78133
An extraordinary lightweight medium-fast action two-hand rod that will make effective fly presentations at all distances. Since its introduction in 2007, this has been one of the most popular Spey rods for both summer and winter steelhead. The B2X78133 has the ability to feel very comfortable with a wide range of line weight and fly sizes. It is also adaptable to wide range of fish sizes from 4 to over 20 pounds. Will feel equally comfortable with tiny skaters or 3" long stinger flies fished with T-11 or T-14.
Our favorite reel to balance this rod is the Nautilus 12.
Andre Scholz Scandinavian Shooting Head Recommendation: 447-478 grains.
Floating Line Recommendations: Airflo Scandi Compact 480, Rio AFS 460, Rio WindCutter 7/8
Use: 540-570 grain Skagit Compact for sinking tip work.
Rod weight: 6 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
78133 B2X 7/8 Medium Fast Spey $880

B2MX78123

Length: 12' 3" Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

Winston Spey

This is a very fast action rod with plenty of muscle for handling large fish in tight quarters. Our favorite reel to balance this rod is the Nautilus 10.
Andre Scholz Scandinavian Shooting Head Recommendation: 493-524 grains.
Floating Line Recommendations: Airflo Scandi Compact 510, Rio AFS 520,
Rio WindCutter 7/8
Use: 540-grain Skagit Compact for sinking tip work.

Rod weight: 6 1/8 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
091015 B2X 7/8 Medium Fast Spey $895


Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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