BC West - Gear List
|If you’re headed to BC WestSpey Rods
and the Dean River this summer, we’ve compiled a list of gear you should have with you on the trip. Outside of our own experience fishing the Dean, we’ve worked closely with the folks at BC West to ensure you’ll have the right gear for your trip.Our product links are linked to our Home store at www.gorgeflyshop.com.
If you’re fishing the Dean in mid-June to early July, you should be swingng a 13’ to 15’ for a #9 or #10 weight Spey rod. For Dean River Kings and early steelhead, our favorite rods are the Sage Z-Axis 9143-4, the Winston BIIx 10150-4, and the Echo DH 9136-4. Even if you are targeting steelhead in this time frame, it’s not uncommon to hook a monster king. As the season transitions to mostly steelhead in mid-July, you can downgrade to a 13’ to 13’6 for a #7 weight two-hander. That being said, most folks will still feel more comfortable with an #8 weight. A few favorites include the Sage Z-Axis 8134-4, the Winston BIIx 8130-4, and the Burkheimer 8139-3. We recommend taking a minimum of two rods with you.
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For sink-tip work on the Dean, you can’t beat Skagit style shooting heads like Airflo’s Skagit Compact. We recommend taking a back-up Skagit head for each rod you plan on fishing.
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For sink-tips, you’ll want to come prepared with a wide variety of tips for different river conditions. If you’re chasing kings, pack some 15’ Sink-tips in Rio T-17, T-14, and T-11 or Airflo CCT330 and CCT200. For steelhead, you should have some 12’ sink-tips in Airflo CCT330 and CCT200, or Rio T-14 and T-11. It’s also recommended to have 15’ to 12’ sink-tips in Type 6, and Type 3. Rio’s Type 6 and Type 3 sink-tips come as a 15’ tip which you can cut back from the front if you like a shorter sink-tip. Finally, a Rio T-14 sink-tip cut to 7’ in combination with a Rio Skagit Cheater can be deadly in high water. It’s a good idea to pack back up sink-tips in case you loose one. Shop for Sink-tips /Fly Lines
For floating line fishing you have a couple of options. First is to fish a 12’ to 8’ Skagit floating tip with an Airflo Poly Leader looped to your Skagit head. The Rio Skagit Floating Tips are 15’ out of the package. Most folks like to cut them back from the front taper and put a braided loop on. The loop makes for a clean connection between the floating tip and the Poly Leader. Scandinavian style shooting heads like Airflo’s Scandi Compact in combination with a Poly Leader are also popular on the Dean. Although short belly Spey lines like Airflo’s Delta Spey and Rio’s Windcutter have lost popularity in the last couple of years, they work fine for floating line presentations on the Dean.
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