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Tyler Davis

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Hey all! Welcome to my first post! I'm a new spey caster in Colorado and I'm looking at an OPST commando head for my hydrogen trout spey 3 weight and wondered if they were worth it. Colorado is barren of all things spey with the exception of Anglers All so I haven't had first hand experience with a commando head yet. They look really good though. I'm currently using some rio switch chucker with this rod. I like the integrated design since there's a lot of skinny water here in Colorado, but I'd be happy to look past having an extra knot to pull through the guides if the commando heads are as good as I think they are. This forum seems to be loaded with wise and experienced spey casters and I'm excited to hear everyone's opinions!
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Depends on what you want to do... Do you need to throw heavy tips and big flies? If so, they work fine. If not, there are much nicer options.

I personally think the Commando is best suited for use with single hand rods, although I know some folks who do use 'em with two-handers and seem to like 'em. My experience with an 11'9" rod and a commando head was... clunky... Others may argue with that.

The commando is available with an integrated running line.

S.A. makes both an integrated scandi and skagit called the "Spey Lite" that you might look into.

The Airflo 40+ is also a good line for short rods like your Redington.

For that matter a regular old single-hand line in the appropriate weight works just fine too. Just for fun, try a WF5 or WF6 trout line on that rod and see how you like it.

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AJ has some good comments.

Having said the above I think a Commando 175 is the right choice for your rod. As AJ points out there is now also an integrated version aka Commando Smooth. So if you really want to find out if the OPST is right for you I will I will send you a demo line for a weeks test drive with no obligation but the return postage. If you like it you can buy and if not you can send it back.


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That's awfully generous Poppy and I would like to take you up on it! I'm a big fan of the red shed. Some friends and I paid it a visit during a trip to the clearwater over Thanksgiving week this year. Easily one of the coolest fly shop experiences I will ever have.
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When you are ready send me an email @ poppytwohand@gmail.com.
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I have the hydrogen 3 though have not tried an OPST on it. I personally think 175 would be quite light. Rod is rated for 200 to 275 grins. I have used both a 225 a d 250 RIO Skagit trout (11' head) with tips and it does well with both. I also have the new RIO scandi trout (22') at 265 grains that does well.

I would go up to 200 or even higher OPST to try on that rod. It is killer rod - used it this summer on the Missouri and here on the Trinity and Klamath this fall
 
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Rick you might be quite right. My head weight suggestion comes from OPST's line chart which has been very accurate so that is where I always start. So far I haven't had to do one line exchange when using this info.

Having said the above I will never say never.

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