Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
Observations/comments on recent subjects
#1 - "How to" and "need advice" are fairly common themes on this board by people just entering into the sport of Spey. In my experience, extracted from many years of guiding, instructing, and also observation during personal fishing - throughout many venues in North America - the most prominent and influential "mistake" made by Spey newbies is mismatched tackle, and this condition basically boils down to having the wrong line for the rod. Without properly matched tackle, all the other aspects of Speycasting just won't work out. The "proper" line for any particular rod is first and foremost determined by the particular "style" of casting to be utilized. For example, a rod that is optimally matched with a line for Underhand/Skando casting is not going to load correctly for the Skagit casting approach, and vice versa. A properly matched Skagit casting outfit is going to be too short for effective Traditional/longline Speycasting technique... etc., etc., etc. The fact is, in order to allow for a correct matching of line-to-rod, one must first establish which particular style of casting they wish to pursue. Unfortunately, this means that to get on the "fast track" to learning how to Speycast - a newbie - who by virtue of the definition, has very little knowledge of the sport, must make a crucial decision at the very outset of their endeavor. For this I can only suggest doing as much research as possible by doing a "search" about the three most recognized approaches of Speycasting - Traditional/longline Speycasting; Underhand/Scandinavian casting; and Skagit casting - on these Speypages, and by talking to and observing other Speycasters. From the information gathered from these sources, pick a particular casting method by matching the attributes of the different casting styles up with the angling goals you seek and/or circumstances of fishing you expect to encounter. By "locking in" on one style of casting, one can then seek advice in all aspects of that casting style, from technique to equipment, that is focused on that particular methodology and therefore achieving a higher degree of consistency in that advice. And, take it from me, CONSISTENCY in instruction and matching of equipment that is KEY to becoming proficient in Speycasting. Now then, having said this, please do not misconstrue this advice into a suggestion of having to stay with one casting style FOREVER. Take it as it reads - LEARN one style at a time!
Last edited by Riveraddict; 12-26-2007 at 12:05 PM.