The DNA Spey series has the right rod to meet the demands of any two-handed fishing situation.
T&T aims to satisfy the angler seeking rods that can do it all; Skagit, Scandi, Spey and overhead with ease. The DNA Classic is the perfect ‘all rounder’ and the best choice for experienced casters fishing mid-belly length lines and longer. Models with an XF designation are designed primarily for fishing with Scandi style lines or shooting heads, and have a crisp, sharp feel perfect for throwing tight loops with touch-and-go casts. The XD rods have a deeper flexing profile designed for anglers who utilize ‘sustained anchor’ casting techniques with Skagit heads and large, heavy flies.
Features of the DNA Spey Rod: • Multi-modulus graphite blank with classic T&T blue low-friction finish
• Spey grip
• Pewter gray milled aluminum down-locking reel seat
• Fuji stripping guides and Universal Snake Brand guides with green wraps and red edging
• Includes aluminum rod tube with machined bar-stock aluminum collar and cap. Blue powder-coat with pewter Thomas & Thomas logo
DNA 1356- LIGHT, QUICK AND INTUITIVE
After having thrown sinking lines through the Winter here in the Pacific Northwest, who else is just as anxious to break out the longer floating lines and drop some bombs?? I sure am! This is the rod that signifies a transition to a lighter but also longer option to accommodate Scandi style lines, which tend to be at least 6 feet longer than their Skagit counterparts. That being said, the Scandi style lines I prefer on it seem to fall somewhere in the 440-470 grain window and range from 32-40'. As with many other T&T's, this rod responds very well to a crisp, high stop on the forward stroke.
Although it's labeled as a 6, I'd like to think of this as more of a super light 7, as it has the fighting power to turn large fish, but when in hand, lacks the swing weight of a 7. It's longer length is hardly even noticed, and makes touch and go casts a pleasure, right from the hangdown. I personally like mine balanced with a reel around 9 0zs, and currently rotate between a 450 Airflo Scandi Long, 460 SA UST and Nextcast Fall Favorite 45 @ 470.
I pair all of these lines up with 10' polyleaders (the Scandi Long has the hardest hitting power, so it's very capable of throwing sinking polyleaders) and 3-4' of level tippet. For light sink tip work (T8-10), the Airflo Rage 450 gives a hybrid line casting experience to extend this rod's versatility into the Fall or early Spring. The perfect compliment to a Skagit/sink tip setup.
Brian Chou on May 15, 2018