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post #16 of 64 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 09:44 AM
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Trout Spey is great. I’ll be up in the Delaware system Wednesday swinging and stripping. I don’t see anybody doing it but I’m also not paying attention to other people while I’m fishing.
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Yeah, I donít mind being a bit ďlonelyĒ in terms of where and how I fish. I know there are a few folks around here that use two handed rods and swing for trout, but I very rarely see switch and Spey rods when Iím trout fishing. I donít do a ton of it myself, as a lot of my favorite rivers for trout fishing just arenít as conducive to it as I would like (personal tastes). I do use Spey casting all the time with my single hand rods though, and I do a lot of single hand swinging too. I wish I had some better options for good two handed swinging, as it really is the most fun way to fish!
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I live close to the Missouri River in Montana and trout Spey is booming here. The headhunters fly shop has been a big influencer on the topic. They even work with Whitney Gould and Mike McCune, 2 big names in the Spey world. The river is really wide and with a flat flow, perfect for swinging. I pretty much only swing for trout and will switch to my single gander only for dries.
Yeah, people are all over the Missouri doing it.

I spend a good deal of time on the Yellowstone with a two-hander depending on the river conditions. The Madison has a lot of water that a spey rod is useful on.
Pretty much all our bigger rivers here in Montana have good water to mess around on with the trout spey thing.

I don't see that many people doing it when I'm out on the water in the Bozeman area but I know there are a bunch of guys who do.

You'd think there would be a lot of people doing it on the Bighorn but I haven't been down that way in several years and if no one's actively promoting it over there it might not be that popular. I know if I ever bother to drive all that way I will definitely be spending a good deal of time with the spey rod.
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Same in Central Pa.
Euro nymphing: check
Indi: check
Classic dry fly: double check.
Spey, SH or TH: just me and one other guy that lives 2 hours east of me... That I know of
My buddy Aaron is near Lamar and swings a bunch. Look for him out there.

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I used to be pretty much the only person trout speying round these parts for the last 6 years or so, other than some guys trying to get in shape for steelhead season. While the Mo has exploded for trout spey, and for good reason, the west side still doesn't have too many anglers, although a few people relocating to Missoula just got sponsored by some companies here and they are now pushing trout spey. We'll see if anybody really gets serious about it. I gave a talk to our TU chapter about it back in October, and despite a lot of curiosity, I haven't seen a rush on trout spey.

Relatedly, I'm adding trout spey to my trout guiding repertoire this year. I feel like I finally know enough to be a competent guide on our larger rivers. One of my pet peeves are guides that try to work in fields or areas where they haven't put in the required river time. We have plenty of great swinging water here in western MT. That said, please don't move here and start trout spey guiding, at least until next year. lol.

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Yeah, people are all over the Missouri doing it.

I spend a good deal of time on the Yellowstone with a two-hander depending on the river conditions. The Madison has a lot of water that a spey rod is useful on.
Pretty much all our bigger rivers here in Montana have good water to mess around on with the trout spey thing.

I don't see that many people doing it when I'm out on the water in the Bozeman area but I know there are a bunch of guys who do.

You'd think there would be a lot of people doing it on the Bighorn but I haven't been down that way in several years and if no one's actively promoting it over there it might not be that popular. I know if I ever bother to drive all that way I will definitely be spending a good deal of time with the spey rod.
Lower Maddy would be sick for the Mother's Day if you hit it right. Lots of great soft hackle water. Just scouted some water there last weekend and picked up a few.
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Use a two hander here on the Delaware for shad,smallmouth and on the upper Delaware system for trout. Have only witnessed one other person swinging for trout on upper delaware in the last 5 years.
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Trout spey is on the rise here in Northern California. The group I hang with are all spey casters which may be the origin of my statement but it is also influenced by steelhead fishing in the area.
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Lifelong dryfly fisherman, but the past several years have been learning/using a trout spey on the Delaware as well, and my best fishing bud, David Nelson aka Davidstrout, does as well. So does Ben Rinker of East Branch Outfitters on occasion. The thing is, we're always looking for heads and noses, and of course the bugs, but truth be told, there are a LOT of hours where none are to be found. Apart from the fun of learning a new way to cast 40 years of singlehanding, there are some things the twohander has opened up:

-- When the water is too high to wade, and a little murky, it's fun to creep along the banks and throw a streamer. I can fish in conditions that otherwise would have required a boat or staying home.

-- Early morning hours on the Delaware are usually not productive for dryfly fishing -- sometimes junk feeders on spinners, but not too often. But, swinging a riffle has proven pretty cool at 6:30 am, including in
some runs we usually just pass over.

-- I'm definitely fishing different water than where I usually look for heads, along the banks and such. Usually, unless fish are rising, the long riffles and runs aren't as interesting with a dry, but with the spey,
they're so much fun.

-- It's an excuse to tie different kinds and styles of flies. Makes you think about streamers differently, and how to design them for casting and swinging. This year I'll try skating too.

I haven't caught tons of fish this way, but have had some productive sessions. See you guys out there!

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Here in northern CO there is a small but possibly growing number of trout spey anglers. We definitely have some spey friendly waters, but I think a lot of the anglers make the short drive up to Wyoming to fish stretches of the N. Platte River. I've only been playing around with trout spey for a year, and I've only seen one other angler doing it on the couple of rivers that I frequent.

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Hey Jazzman your description of the Delaware is spot on. Since taking up the 2 hander spend more time fishing than looking for heads as the time goes by.
Ben Rinker put on a good spey clave last August, unfortunately it rained very heavy both days.
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Just moved from the California to Massachusetts. Spent the last ten years spey casting for steelhead three or four times a year and don't want to put the two handers down, so I just bought a ACR 1103 trout spey which I intend to use for trout in the northeast. We'll see how that goes.
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There are Bugger All players way down here. That's for sure... We have the waters right enough, but very few spey casters. I manage to get maybe one courageous soul to have a go each year, but most people just get pretty intimidated by the whole new casting action required. Then their eyes start to glaze over when you start talking about Scandi/ Skagit/ grain weight windows and esoteric bits and pieces like that. Then there is all the historical baggage about salmon and steelhead to get around on the way to wee trouty 3 weights at 12 ft.
To be frank even the thought of a 12 foot rod is enough to spook quite a few. The single handed spey line has a few converts but its tough to convince many of the value in a weight rear line profile.
Still... it makes it nice when the wind lanes only shape up about twenty foot beyond the range of a single hander.
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Ill happily play too...I think its been 8 seasons thus far on the delaware and branches with the trout spey..echoing what Jonny said (jazzman) its hard to not want to go hunt heads but there is definitely room for the two hander swinging and stripping...I love the high water from the banks ...fish are close and often hungry ..every once in a while a mid river grab makes you have a heart attack....I remember getting my hands on the old sage 12 1/2 #5 ..it was the first five weight I ever tried and i needed to build my own lines etc...getting a sweet little #4 from the meis made it really fun.....I love the super short heads these days ..fun to strip
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I fish the NF of the Clearwater in Idaho, my buddy and I are as far as I know the only two that fish with the two handers for trout. Steelhead, is a different story on the main body of the Clearwater. Dry's and streamers mostly. My buddy Tony likes skating dry's and it works well for him. Skate karma I guess.
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