Nothing beats catching a steelhead on a fly rod...especially a summer run fish, and there's no denying that a steelhead caught on the skate or swing is top shelf. If you agree with this, you'll probably also agree that using a well-designed, perfectly-balanced two-handed outfit is the most efficient and enjoyable way to work your angling magic on your favorite summer run river. That's exactly why we designed our Red Truck Diesel Summer Steelhead Spey Outfit.
Much has changed since the old days, when a longer, heavier two-handed fly rod was necessary to cast a classic steelhead fly to the mark. Today, due primarily to more efficient fly line systems, our two-handed rods are shorter in length and lighter in rod rating, making a day spent casting much more enjoyable. Take our Diesel 12'6" #6 two-handed fly rod for instance. When fishing summer run rivers, it's the perfect length...long enough to make for easy casts and smooth mends, yet short enough for improved balance and bushwhacking. Our Diesel rod's finish gives a nod to rods from the past with a raw, classic "snake belly" appearance. Of course our rod comes well appointed with high-grade cork and bomb-proof guides...we even include a real aluminum rod tube for protection. No cheap nylon covered tubes here.
As mentioned, today's two-handed line systems (if properly selected) can make for easier, more-efficient casts, as well as the ability to quickly adjust your line to match the fishing conditions. We've tested all the fly line options and found Airflo provides the best solution for casting enjoyment and fishing function. The Airflo Ridge Running Line, shoots like a dream and feels great in your hands, even on a chilly morning. We've added the right Compact Scandi head when it's time to skate a dry or swing a classic summer pattern. When necessary, you can take your fly deep by using the included Skagit head and appropriate MOW tip. Bottom line, you'll always have a fly line option regardless of your fishing conditions.
Of course you'll need a quality fly reel to store the perfect fly line system and do battle with a spirited summer steelhead. For this reason, we at Red Truck designed our Chrome fly reel. Classically styled with a simple and proven click and pawl drag system, this reel not only looks the part of a true, two-handed fly reel, it also sounds the part. Our click and pawl drag will sing with pleasure when a rosy-cheeked bullet asks for line. Of course our Red Truck Chrome fly reel is fully-machined from aircraft-grade, bar-stock aluminum and then anodized for a long life on the river, but more important...it's a fly reel that your grandfather would approve of.
When combined, our Red Truck Diesel Summer Steelhead Spey Outfit walks the fine line between casting enjoyment and fishing function. Balance, stability and efficiency are words we use to describe the experience you'll have when you cast our best work. As you probably know, you won't catch a steelhead on every cast, so you better enjoy every cast between your fish...at least that's what we believe. It's time you treated yourself to a summer run steelhead on the swing...it's also time you treat yourself to a Red Truck balanced outfit.