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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Things have changed

I picked up a spey rod 25 years ago, and for 7 or 8 years fished the big West Michigan rivers for steelhead and salmon with almost nothing else. Then, to get to the holding lies I still couldn't reach with a two-hander, I built a drift boat and started floating the rivers in that. But I found it difficult to throw a long-bellied line from the boat, and drifted back to a single-hand rod.

Last winter, I caught the spey bug again and found a lot had changed since the era when my 9-weight Sage Brownie and Rio Windcutter were cutting edge. I spooled an Airflo FIST head onto my giant Harris Solitude reel, tied on this thing called an Intruder, and rediscovered the fun.

A couple of months ago, I picked up a 4-weight Echo TR2 trout spey, and started swinging for smallmouth on the Huron River and browns on the Muskegon. Next on my list: a fast-action 7- or 8-weight to stand in for my old Sage.

Learned a lot here over the last year, and figured it was time to join up.

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sweet moniker.
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Welcome to Spey Pages Alan. Glad to have you on here and I look forward to more of your posts.

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I picked up a spey rod 25 years ago, and for 7 or 8 years fished the big West Michigan rivers for steelhead and salmon with almost nothing else.

--Alan from Detroit
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Original gangsta? I'll take that. For the first two years, I don't think I saw a single person with a spey rod on the Big Manistee, Muskegon or Pere Marquette. That changed when my soon-to-be friend Jerry Drake, aka jdfishbum, the bamboo rod builder who's a regular here, watched me throw a big rod on the St. Joe River in downtown South Bend. He promptly went home and rolled a Sage 9140 like mine.

At the time, there was very little out there in the way of instruction. Of course there was no Internet. I had a rudimentary VHS tape by Jim Vincent from Rio, and a little booklet came with my Windcutter line. Those got me started. There were a couple of stodgy British volumes that were of little help, and included tips on working with a gillie who would hand me the appropriate rod for that famously named pool.

It wasn't until I found a new book by Mike Maxwell out of British Columbia titled "The Art and Science of Speyfishing" that everything clicked. I learned from Mike that I didn't have to do a single spey the correct British way when the river was flowing right to left -- that it was perfectly appropriate to do a double spey off my left shoulder all day long.

Casting a short Skagit head for the first time last winter was another revelation. I'm still trying to unlearn the muscle memory of aerializing a 55-foot head, and I blow my snap-T anchor more often than I care to admit. But I'm learning.
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