Congratulations to Teresa "TBird"! Random.org selected comment #43 as the winner. I will get your new A.R. spey rod in the mail on Monday.
A big thanks to Angler's Roost for sponsoring this review and giveaway!
Angler's Roost recently came out out with a few new additions to their already talked about spey rods and spey blanks. I have used the standard 13' 7/8 wt. A.R. spey blank with good success for a few months now and for the money it is an excellent blank. The standard 13' 7/8wt. spey blank is a medium to full flex rod that loads deep and is perfectly suited for Skagit casting. It throws a 520 and 560 grain Scientific Angler Skagit Extreme head with ease and has enough heft to throw a lot of line with a little amount of work.
In addition to the standard blanks and rods offered by Angler's Roost, a new "Euro-Style" spey blank and fully built rod have recently been released. The new spey blanks feature IM8 graphite and like its predecessor, the "Euro spey" rod comes in a dark mahogany/brown gloss finish and features reinforced ferrules. It is available in three line weights including 5/6, 7/8, and 9/10. Each blank is 14' long and consists of four pieces.
From my experience most "Euro" or Scandinavian style rods are known for being very fast. They tend to load in the tip and are well suited to throwing shooting heads with mono or shooting line great distances. I decided to string up the A.R. 7/8wt. rod with a couple of lines to test it out. I began with a Scientific Angler Scandi Extreme head (560 grain) and then moved up to a 600 and then down to 520 grain head. The rod handled all three lines without a problem. The 520 felt the best to me and the 37' head was a good fit for the 14' rod. Next I switched to a few Skagit Extreme heads and the rod really came to life. I started with a 560 grain and again moved up one size and then down to dial in the action. I found the 560 and 600 felt the best. The 520 was a bit light and the I couldn't get the rod to fully load with it. The rod action is a medium to medium/fast.
The "Euro" spey loads about seven to nine feet from the lower grip and has plenty of power in the butt section to shoot line. The extra foot of length over the standard spey is a nice addition. It allows for greater line control and makes longer casts with less effort. Overall, as with the standard spey from A.R., I am impressed with the new "Euro" style blank. The blanks run $59.95 and the fully built spey rods cost a mere $139.95. The standard spey blanks sell for $39.95 and the fully built rods for $89.95. For the price these rods are a great deal. If you are looking to give spey casting a try without incurring a large start-up cost, then A.R.'s spey rods are a great way to go. Both the standard and "Euro" models cast very nice and the mahogany/brown finish looks fantastic.
For the price its hard to beat A.R.'s spey rods and blanks! The blanks are well built and come in a wide range of line weights and lengths. The finish looks great and matched with the right line will throw a loop with the best of them. The standard style spey blank, in my opinion, is best suited for Skagit casting. The new "Euro" spey blank will work for both Skagit and lighter Scandi heads. Personally, for a Scandinavian style rod I would like to see a slightly faster taper, but it is difficult to go wrong with the rod for the price.
Disclosure- Angler's Roost provided the blank free of charge for me to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this blog post.
Time for a Giveaway! The winner gets a fully built 14' 7/8wt. Euro-style spey rod shipped to your door.
How to enter:
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I’ll draw the winner with Random.org on December 4.
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