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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hell all. My name is Chris. I just purchased a Spey setup. I’m brand new to Spey fishing and hope to use this site for any info I can get or give. Thanks for having me.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 11:44 AM
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Hey Chris,

You've come to the right place. Lots of good folks here willing to share their knowledge. You might want to add your location to your profile. It may help to know your location when answering a question for you.

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Hi Chris,

I'm not as knowledgeable as most of the fellows here but will always answer questions for new guys if they ask me. Welcome to the forum and don't hesitate to ask things.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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I’m from Michigan so I’ll be fishing the gl system. Mostly pere Marquette and big manistee. I bought a 13’6” loop lined it wit backing 35 lb slick shooter and a 550 grain rio skagit head along with various sink tips depending on the river. Oh the reel is the 9/10 reddington behemoth. What’s your thought?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 12:48 PM
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Welcome to Spey Pages, one newbie to another, more or less. This is speyland, quite possibly the most knowledgeable group of spey casters living today and a sound source for anyone starting his journey in the discipline.


As to the question you asked, I will give you a frank and unpleasant answer as if it was my gear. First off, it is hard for me to say whether or not your rod is lined right without knowing its line weight designation, is it an eight weight or a seven? As to your reel, it is not a full cage reel which means it might be susceptible to the thin mono shooting line getting caught up in the reels innards causing all kinds of trouble should a fish be on the reel or possibly just in winding up of the line. And though some argument may erupt in this one, I'll hang it out there and let others pipe in in rebuttal, but many a fisherman complain about mono's behavior in really cold water and its tendency to kink and difficulty to keep in your grasp in colder temps. I won't swear to this last bit but it did move me away from mono shooting line when added to the fact that my reel also was not a full cage reel. I settled for a more traditional shooting line as the least expensive option versus a new spey reel.

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Jet sleds/boats destroy redds in the spawning grounds with their turbulent jet wash, scouring the bottom and further burying some of the eggs while ejecting the rest into the stream flow to be eaten. To protect fish, these boats must be restricted from the spawning grounds.

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I have a 13 6 8 wt rod and when I put a 24 550 grain shooting head and 40# berkly big game running line, it changed my game for the better. I use both hands to pinch the line so line slippage is non issue for me.
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