Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Catskills for Trout/Cape for Stripers
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!