Westhop....I think we're cut from similar cloth. I came to the two handed game about ten years ago, but I live far from the nearest steelhead and lack the means to make Atlantic salmon a regular date. Smallmouths are my bread and butter (I think of them as miniature Maine steelehad :-) ), and I'm spoiled to live near several highly underutilized, very fine bronzeback rivers. Wonderful fish that will attack a steelhead style waker or classic Spey fly all spring, summer, and fall and pound for pound, hold their own against against anything else in freshwater. Welcome to Speypages - there is a great deal to learn here and apply to the warmwater game from fishing strategy to tying to gear and rigging. Plus a whole bunch of real decent folks!
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