Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Sandy River, Oregon
Obviously impossible to contribute anything new here, but the thread reminds me of something I picked up along the way - that by moving one's top hand down it is not only harder to use the top hand too much but easier to feel the rod loading. I was out on the river with an unfamiliar older and slower rod the other day, and was completely overpowering it. I moved my top hand three inches or so closer to the reel and the rod felt immediately much different, and cast better. I am sure that if I used that rod for a week I could sneak my the top hand back up the grip, but as a transition strategy it worked well.
I begin to suspect that spey casting; indeed fishing is not actually the point here, but rather the Quixotic pursuit of an admittedly unattainable state of perfect grace. Certainly gives us something to do when the steelhead are ignoring us. Which is a lot of the time....... I recommend reading The River Why if the spey casting is not treating you well.......
The lockdown continues, except for inflatable dinosaurs on the Clackamas River near Portland, Oregon, which are not socially distancing......
If everybody used shoe horns, they'd catch 'em all on shoe horns.