Before attending the shows and looking at your new rods and reels here's a little information that may help you decide on your next purchases. The information on the new Hardy and Greys T & S series Rods and the Zeniths is a must read for those interested both Scandi and Spey casting. This should help you understand the rods, their qualitiesan why they are some of the top performing rods being offered today.
I have been working these rods since November and I must tell you that these recently introduced rods are performing second to none in their class under actual fishing conditions on the Salmon River NY. Smoothness, distance, accuracy and light weight in both carry and casting weights are some of the noticeable improvements compared to similary priced and even some of the more costly rods. I feel these rods are moderately priced, a great deal and investments to be fished for many years. Be sure to stop by and see us at the shows for your hands on feel of these new additions and Hardy and Greys current line up for 2012.
Looking forward to talking with you at the Hardy & Greys Venues, Walt Geryk
"T" and "S" Rods from Hardy & Greys the Concept Explained
by Ian Gordon
As the full range of both Hardy and Greys rods reach the market, I’d like to offer those who may not be familiar with this concept exactly what it’s about.
Having seen the success of previous rods and having a good idea of where the market was going, back in 2009, we decided on a more “Holistic” approach to the design of both rod and line. Basically, ensuring we have something to fit all. That is – All fishing and casting scenarios and even delving into the murky waters of casting technique. Although it has its skeptics, this approach will, I believe set the precedence moving forward.
Across both brands, so the new Hardy Marksman and Greys XF2 Ranges of double handed rods will support either, “S” = Scandi, and “T” Traditional. So in each range we have two separate rods with very different actions and cosmetics, providing the angler with something which best fit’s their personal approach to both fishing and casting. It is also designed provide those giving casting and fishing tuition an easier platform to help customers make the correct decisions when purchasing a rod.
Generally speaking, “S” Series rods are slightly softer in the butt, but much stiffer than their “T” cousins in the tip. Handles, both upper and lower, are shorter on “S” rods than those of the “T”. Specifically designed to encourage casters to hold, not the cork, but the ball at the end of the handle, “S” series rods will have a familiar feel to most people familiar with the underhand technique. Those more used to longer, more traditional casting strokes will feel much more at home with the longer handles found on the “T” series rods. The action of each has also been designed with what I know to be the most popular/common casting techniques in mind. Of course this leads to murky waters and grey areas, but for the most, I know this will prove to be positive, rather than a negative step.
Extensive testing with High speed cameras working at 200 fps also provided us with what were optimal ring spacing’s on each series. Most “S” series rods have 11 rings whilst for the “T” series this is 13.
Whilst at the heart of the concept is my own perception of what are the most common casting and fishing styles, the addition of the optimum weight of fly-lines present us with system where, no matter what line type the customer asks for, the shop owner will know instantly what is optimum for that particular rod. This of course is where we find those “grey areas”, however, when I use the word “Optimum”, I am of course talking about how the rod will perform when using the most common casting techniques.
There are many of us who, because we fish a great deal, can adapt our technique to suit almost any weight of line on any rod, but for those walking into a shop and asking for a rod and line set up for a particular size of river, our “optimum line weight and length” [OWL], will prove invaluable to both them and the people in the shop.
Both “S” and “T” series rods have the “OWL” marked discreetly on the underside of the blank just above the cork. Each rod has marked similar to this -
e.g. - SH 32g, SS 38g, MS 44g LB 54g, showing the range of weights optimum for that rod. This also points out, although designed for a short or mid head line the “T” series rod, will also perform with a Short or Long Line depending on the ability of the caster.
SH =[Short Head], SS =[Short Spey], MS = [Mid Spey] and LB = [Long Belly]
Of course there will be those who like to pick holes in this concept, it’s the nature of the beast
Zenith Spey Rod Action
The Zenith range has an action more atoned to the “S” series, which is why we have rigged them with ring spacing’s and handle lengths accordingly. However, when loaded with a long belly line they also have the qualities needed to handle them; a tip and third section strong enough to deal with even a badly timed cast and the butt flexible enough to let the rod load deeply with even a mediocre casting technique. Although we have “Optimum” casting weights marked on the rod, those are guidelines only. Those rods cope so well with a wide range of casting weights. For instance, I personally like the 12’6” rod with a short and relatively light line, 38 feet @ 30g or even less, this utilizes the mid and upper sections of the rod but is not heavy enough to fully flex the rod. A long belly line will fully flex the rod but not compromise the more fragile tip and third sections.
In essence, because of the durability of this material, we can now do things in design we could only dream of before.
Most people will find Zenith rods will be more suited to short head lines, so “S” rather than “T” but the design is somewhere between the two.
Looking forward to talking with you at the Hardy & Greys Venues,
Deerfield River Spey Day, the cancer charity event, needs help, people help. This growing fund raiser is requiring more on the ground help in coordinating the day's events to end. Interested in volunteering, do you know of a group or organization who would like to manage this event.
This is a great fundraiser for Trout Unlimited Chapters and others
to raise money for charity and for their organization. This event can also me moved to other locations in the Northeast.
Contact Walt for more information.
Show Time 2012
Stop by and see me at these scheduled shows and events
Marlborough Fly Fishing Show Massachusetts at the Hardy & Greys Venue: January 20,21,22
Somerset Fly Fishing Show New Jersey at the Hardy & Greys Venue: January 27,28,29
Syracuse New York Trout Unlimited:.......................February 8
6344 East Molloy Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
A More Traditional Fly and Spey Fishing Approach for the Salmon River NY and others:
contact: Big Jim Froio: 315-751-8272
Scranton PA Trout Unlimited:................................. February 21
2000 Dorothy Street, Scranton, Pa.:
A More Traditional Fly and Spey Fishing Approach for the Salmon River NY and others:
contact Charlie Charlesworth:
more events to be added
Spey Schools for 2012
Just a reminder that last year's schools filled quickly which resulted in scheduling others during the summer. School attendees suggested August dates and a mid week September school should be scheduled for the Salmon River NY. New dates to be announced soon.
Click here for dates New York Salmon River and Massachusetts Schools
Lawn Practice Casting Leaders: When you would need to imitate the feel of the line stick on the water, this is it!. Difficult to get on the water to improve your two-handed casting, then all you need is a back yard or a near by lawn to practice nearly all the casts while working on your form. This unique custom tied leader, with its precise barrel knots and tags is a great practicing tool. You will use this for many years and you don't need to leave home to practice with it! These can also be used for single hand casting when you need to work on roll casts or imitate the feel of picking up sink tips out of the water. My students find these very helpful by allowing them more time to practice without leaving the yard. Available at Malinda's Fly & Tackle.
Eno's Tube Fly Pins: You can now transform almost any foam slotted fly boxes into an organized tube fly chest for pennies. Tube Fly boxes, components and the most complete line of fly and spey fishing rods, reels lines, with outwear from waders to caps are available at Malinda's Fly and Tackle Altmar, NY. 315-298-2993
Hardy & Greys: Ultralite and Fortuna Series Fly Reels, Zenith 2 handers, Marksman II Spey/Scandi Rods and all the new items being added for the 2011 and 2012 ..... click here for catalog viewing
New Spey Fly Patterns: This was also the year that Malinda, Bob and Walt worked to create a few patterns of Steelhead Spey Flies that don't require specialty materials. The materials used for these flies most tyers will already have.
"WUS", aka Walt's Universal Spey is currently offered in three colors, chartreuse, pink and orange, is an easy tie that worked well on salmon and steelhead during the fall. The pink should continue to produce well in the spring. Currently available in size 3s and 5s.
"Natural Soft Hackle" is an improved upon hare's ear with an added chartreuse holographic tip and blended sparkle natural dubbing, available in size 5 AJs and 8 nymph hooks. This pattern worked extremely well during September when water temps were above 54F.
"Walt", originally tied and named by Bob is destined to be a true Great Lakes Tributary Classic. With Walt's request for a spey fly with a natural flair, Bob headed to the vise and started to turn out some ideas. After a few prototypes, and considerable critiquing, Walt ,Bob and Malinda came to a decision and "Walt the Spey Fly" was hatched. Compared to the WUS and Soft Hackle, the Walt is currently a one size fly for the Salmon River and Great Lakes Tributaries. It is tied on a TMC7999 size 6 salmon hook. Walt's effectiveness was proven during the fall season and produced steelhead regularly in water temps from 46F and higher. This fly is proving to be so special, that Malinda is personally tying them for the store! All Walt's flies, his favorites and more proven fish getters are available at Malinda's Fly and Tackle Shop.
Updates & News
Follow Walt during the seasons as he updates, reports and more on LinkedIn almost daily.
Stay informed during the year on what's happening, new products and other fly and spey fishing related information.
Spring Steelhead Season 2012 Reservations
Spring steelhead is just around the corner. Don't loose out on prime dates.
Hardy Sintrix: ZENITH & PROAXIS Fly Rod and New Greys Products
4 weights to 8 weights single-handers. New two-handers in 7 to 10 wts.
Stop by and try all the Hardy and Greys Equipment.
Malinda's Fly and Tackle, in Altmar, NY, is the North Country's Full Line Hardy & Greys Dealer who also offers a wide range of equipment to fit every fly and spey anglers needs. Offering in shop service and mail orders ....phone: 315-298-2993