I’m High on The OPST Commando Smooth

Charlie casting the OPST Smooth

Here are a few other thoughts on the OPST Smooth …

Its fully integrated.

Allows stripping in all the way to the sink tip

It must be air mended ….video on the way

I think some el’ Slicko line dressing would add to its shooting sweetness

No Coily mono

no knot through the guides

It still needs a decent stretch for max performance, But what doesn’t?


8 thoughts on “I’m High on The OPST Commando Smooth

  1. Hi Tim,

    With OPST Smooth, in 2 handed rod trout spey wt. sizes; if you put on a 7.5ft. OPST floating tip, you end up with something that is like the SA SpeyLite Scandi.

    To be honest I do use the SA SpeyLite Scandi on most of my 2 handed trout spey rods. If I want to go deep, I can still use the Scandi line, but for depth I go with a longer leader and a heavier fly.

    If the Scandi line I am using won’t easily cast the size of fly and length of leader I need to get the depth, I simply go to a bigger trout Spey rod that will throw a heavier Scandi line, and so a longer leader and heavier fly.

    In terms of the biggest/heaviest flies I use for depth, my biggest rod is a Sage X 6139-4. It will throw a 400gn. Scandi a country mile, with the heaviest or largest flies I could ever imagine using on trout, over 2lbs. and upwards. It’s an awesome stick.

    My lightest 2 hander is a Thomas & Thomas 11’6” 3wt. and I have several two hand 4wt.’s and 5wt.’s from all the usual suspects – Meiser, Burkheimer, Sage etc. I love em all!

    I prefer the longest rods I can get in each weight. Just plain more efficient.

    Glad to hear that you are still loving the two handed trout game – as you can no doubt detect, I am totally addicted to it!

    Cheers and Beers,

    1. Great to hear from you Luke and thanks for the input! I love hearing what you guys are up to and it sounds like you have an amazing quiver and know what you want in your lines! The Trout spey game is a hoot and I’m happy you are enjoying it. Would love to hear what kind of flies you like to cast for Trout, I’m getting addicted to Trout Streamers from rabbit skulpins to buggy intruders! Thanks for the great info man! tight lines and keep us posted.

  2. Hey Tim,

    I hope all is well your way. I was wondering if you had a recommendation for a “working man’s” reel for trout spey. Please let me know.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Sorry for the late reply Peter. As a matter of fact I just ordered an Orvis Battenkill from the Redshed fly shop. Looks like the best bang for the buck in a caged clicker which is my preference, and it was just over 100 bucks. I’ll let you know how I like it.

  3. Hi Tim, I’ve tried the Opst commando smooth on my Loomis 4wt (175grain) and found the line to be kind of harsh although I like what the line offers in terms of being able to cast a variety of flies (small to heavier flies). I have Rio’s single hand spey line and love the line as the loops are beautiful to watch going out but unfortunately I’m limited to using smaller flies. I see you have experienced a few of these light skagit lines, is there one of these lines that falls into the middle of the road that you can recommend, buying more lines gets expensive. I’m thinking that by asking you might cut down my costs a bit.

    1. Thanks Robert, I’m in the same boat so I ordered 1 150 grain, 20′ Scientific Angler Spey lite Scandi. I’ll be doing a review and comparison with OPST. Its a tad daintier and lighter. The other recommendation I can give you is to contact steve godshall stevegodshall@charter.net and ask for his input. He may be able to custom tailor line perfect for you at a cheaper price than any factory line. Hope this is helpful and holler if I can be of service to you! Thanks for the question…Tim
      timothy rawlins

      Mar 9 at 11:41 AM

  4. OPST is largely for rookie casters – just to get em feeling it..!

    What you really need is a Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Scandi, in a weight to suit your trout spey rod.

    Go with a 270gn. for 3wt. Spey, 300gn. for 4wt. Spey; combine with a 12ft tapered mono leader, and you are set.

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