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14. Swinging with a single-handed rod. (14 of 20)

You don’t always need a two-handed rod for swinging flies for steelhead. Learn how you can do it with a standard single-handed rod.

Video Transcript:

- [Tom] Two-handed rods are a lot of fun, and you can cover a lot of water easier, but in some waters, you might want to use a single-handed rod. Maybe it's all you got. That's fine. I have a 10-foot 8 weight here, and it's a floating line on there. It's a Scandi line, but you can use a standard nymph line. And then you put a polyleader on the end. This one is a 10-foot, 7 inches per second sinking leader.
And then you just tie a tippet on the end of there and put your fly on there, and you can fish very easily with a single-handed rod as well.
- [Narrator] The single-handed rods are best in small streams where you don't need long casts. A 10-foot 8 weight rod is a good tool for this, although in smaller rivers, where you don't need to keep as much line off the water, even a nine-footer will do.
- So if you're fishing a single-handed rod, you can use a standard floating or sink tip line, a floating line, usually with a polyleader. You can also use a Scandi line. And then you can practice your two-handed casting. You can do these two-handed casts, like a snap T or a double spey, with a single-handed rod.
It's not that hard.