Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Watauga River & impoundments
Hello from "upper east" Tennessee
I'm happy to have blundered upon this site. Just today I was fighting the wind with a 5 wt, no room for much of a backcast with too much current to roll-cast easily and thought "boy, I bet one of those two-handed rods and that trick-looking spey casting business would be just the thing right about now" ... and here I am. I spent most of my life, when I had opportunity, using a cheap 7 or 8 wt rod and an automatic reel (somebody has to mind the boat) to toss poppers and a variety of bugs and streamers at bass and panfish, and it's about the happiest I've ever been while fishing. But here, unless you have a boat with a GPS-linked trolling motor that will easily handle some current without needing your undivided attention, it's a chore as the lakes move on at times as most of these dams are a part of TVA and exist to generate hydro-electric power. I've found little to none of the placid lakes that I've spent most of my life fishing, so I'm having to learn all of this over again.
It may not take much of a spey rig to do what I'd like on the trout streams here - and from what I've seen in online videos the techniques could even be used in other too-tight-for-flycasting places that abound here. For casting poppers and big streamers for big smallmouth and stripers, though, the usual spey casting rig in an 8-9wt looks the trick. That said, I haven't come here with presumptions but rather to learn, but I'll have to say it's hard not to jump ahead of myself then repent at leisure as spey casting looks like it belongs here.
Thanks to all of you who make this resource available to the rest of us!