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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2018, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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My fishing background is similar to others, as in my dad took me fishing when I was young and been at it ever since. Fly fishing came later ( about 25 years ago, early 20's ) when I went to a fly fishing learning weekend at the Pere Marquette River Lodge.
Living in central Indiana I primarily fish for smallmouth bass. As of the last couple years; I've really got into single hand spey casting, with a short skagit head system. The spey style casting, for me, really came out of necessity, due to limited back cast space. The more is fished in this manner the more I liked it; caught more fish too Recently I purchased a 6wt spey rod to truely experience spey and really been enjoying it.
I tie most of my flies, mainly big streamer type patterns in the 3-4 inch range.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2018, 12:26 PM
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Welcome to the Speypages !!
Sounds like you have been bitten bad by the "Spey Bug" ... you are in good company here.
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Hi,

I think that limited back cast room is what led many people to this including the guys who originated it. I used the single hand casts for 20 years before I knew they had a name for it. I had no clue until I got online in 2005, yep 2005.

You'll enjoy the longer 2 hand rod I'm sure

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My fishing background is similar to others, as in my dad took me fishing when I was young and been at it ever since. Fly fishing came later ( about 25 years ago, early 20's ) when I went to a fly fishing learning weekend at the Pere Marquette River Lodge.
Living in central Indiana I primarily fish for smallmouth bass. As of the last couple years; I've really got into single hand spey casting, with a short skagit head system. The spey style casting, for me, really came out of necessity, due to limited back cast space. The more is fished in this manner the more I liked it; caught more fish too Recently I purchased a 6wt spey rod to truely experience spey and really been enjoying it.
I tie most of my flies, mainly big streamer type patterns in the 3-4 inch range.
I live in the North East but my office is in Indianapolis and I spend lots of time around that part of the mid west. Ill PM you next time Im in town. I try to take a day off and explore whenever Im around and did so last Saturday. Some may laugh but Indiana fishing and its river systems are pretty unique and interesting.
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Welcome! I caught my first fish on a fly rod at the Pere Marquette! Gleasons Landing to be exact! Chased that foul hooked King all down the river just to get a picture and prove to my wife I could catch a fish on a fly rod!

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GHalliday, Right the fishing isn't too bad considering all the field run off, dirt, chemicals. Try the stretch of the White river between Noblesville and Strawtown. When the river is down it's fairly easy fishing and there are some pools in there. I've been lucky enough catch a couple very big smallmouths out of it. Sugar creek south of Crawfordsville, I hear is also very good. Haven't made it over there yet but may this fall.
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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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GHalliday, Right the fishing isn't too bad considering all the field run off, dirt, chemicals. Try the stretch of the White river between Noblesville and Strawtown. When the river is down it's fairly easy fishing and there are some pools in there. I've been lucky enough catch a couple very big smallmouths out of it. Sugar creek south of Crawfordsville, I hear is also very good. Haven't made it over there yet but may this fall.
I have done a few drilling jobs at Duke Energy in Noblesville and I have fished the river south of the dam many times. My guys and I usually stash a cooler of beer off site and then after work we retrieve it then go fishing for the evening. I do lots of exploring and have found good fishing in lots of places. Last weekend I had time to go to Brookville and catch some nice trout in an Indiana Tailwater which is kind of an oxymoron. Next Indiana trip will be to explore the West Branch of the Whitewater river around Metamoras and Brookville. Usually I hand my lead guy a super long bitch list then I take off to explore and fish.
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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!
You guys in Maine have some beautiful brook trout (LARGE) and wonderful land locked salmon. You need to head up to The County and go prospecting. The brookies are as big as your leg from the knee down and I hear they will take anything.
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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!

Aldo, thank you for the welcome......steelhead style flies is where I'm heading next in my fly tying. I find more often than not, smallmouth strike big flies. I want to tie Intruder style flies geared to smallies; so thanks for the insight. I'm thinking of a marabou intruder or a marabou speytruder. I'll have to keep them light as the rivers around here are not that deep.
Yes, I agree pound for pound they are fantastic.
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I grew up on the west side of Indianapolis. I used to ride my bike & fish White River for catfish just above the dam (below 16th st). Bought my first fly rod with paper route money at Emroe's sporting goods store downtown. Are they still there? Haughville, Jacktown & Stringtown I know about, but where is Strawtown? I have fond memories of attending Boys Club Camp when it was located on the Cicero River outside Noblesville. It's under water now, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers. Even the Lauter Boys Club is gone. Some of those other places you guys mentioned kinda ring a bell but, I've been gone a long time. I used to pack fly rod when I came back to visit relatives but, all my old fishing buddies are now gone & they've built houses around all the small lakes & old gravel pits.

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