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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-16-2004, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Coolest thing you learned in 04?

So now that 04 is drawing to a close, I figured we could all take a moment to reflect on what the coolest, best, most useful, most helpful or single most fun thing learned this year in terms of speyfishing. It seems the sport itself progressed a lot, not only in equipment, but in the general understanding of the casts themselves. So I guess I am just curious as to what each of you think as the coolest thing you learned, discovered, tried or what ever. Keeping this one vague on purpose. Equipment, technique, I don't give a hoot, just wanna know!

For myself it was probably the discovery of how fun and useful the trout spey rods are when combined with the right lines. Though I have not pushed the envelope nearly as far as it would go, what fishing I did with the rods was eye opening. They did everything I could have asked and a lot I never expected in terms of their fishabilty, flies they would cast with the right lines, fun while playing fish and most of all, fun I had fishing them. There are a lot more situations I would want to be carrying a trout spey now, compared to a year ago and I am sure that more situations will present themselves the more I use the rods.
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Talking coolest thing learned in 04, re Spey Fishing

That there is never enough time to learn all one might want about Spey Fishing, But the Sandy River Spey Clave in the Spring is a GREAT place to start, and the Grand Ronde is a super place to put it into practice.
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The coolest thing I learned this year was learning how to speycast from Juro at the Catt Speyclave. Second was learning that the Spey rod I built cast as nice as I hoped it would. Third was meeting a bunch of the guys here at the Catt Spey Clave. They were all a great group.
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That I cast much better with a 15 foot rod and a longbelly, but I fish much better with a 13 foot rod and a shortbelly. 14 foot with a midbelly makes a happy middle ground.

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That Aaron's place is only an hour and a quarter from my place.
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[QUOTE BY KUSH]Never say never, or there is only one way to do something, for as soon as you do someone will prove you wrong. [/QUOTE]

I didn't learn the above in 2004 but in regards to spey fishing/casting it is reinforced on my brain every single day.
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Aaron's place is 12 minutes from mine... Caring for two kids though, you probably can get there easier and more often than me! :frown:

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Two things (banner year!)

1. Bob Meiser's blanks and rod building are awesome, and available to meet specific needs that most mfrs haven't even tried to meet.

2. Skagit casting technique changed my approach to many situations.

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that this board existed))))))))

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a Kamloops trout on one of Bob Meiser's 11' 7" for 5/6 and having it jump as high as your head in your float tube.

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my favourite thing in 2004

a lesson from Andy Murray at the Mo' speyclave.

He reminded me to sloooooow down.

Gary

P.S. The next best thing was getting the 4" Bougle'
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I'd say that the single biggest discovery I made is that there are so many different ways to succesfully and happily throw a spey line. From the Skagit technique to the Hogan style of modified underhand, the true Scandinavian underhand and traditional long belly with either a progressive or regressive rod (2 different strokes and feels). I'll be busy a long while trying to get really good at all of them because they are all enjoyable and have their place in effective two handed rod fishing.

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Wink 2 things come to mind

For me, the most enlightening Spey experience was attending the Spey Clave at Henning Park on the MO this past spring. I actually saw what could be accomplished. Made me realize that I had many miles to go... Next good Spey experience was that I found a nice set up in our sub-division to Spey Cast practice on grass. I hit it very hard for several weeks and noticed a clear and definite improvement in my basic casting. Ho, I even began to think that I had become a pretty good Spey Caster and it would be just a short time until I had this whole enchilada wrapped up. Well, then I went up to the Muskegon River for a practice session and I found out that suddenly I lost all the tremendous skill level that I had attained. I still have not gotten all that skill back...know what I mean? Shame on me. I learn most lessons in life the hard way. Best, Stiver

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2 things

1) I discovered that this board existed....
2) I subsequently discovered that 134 (and counting) of its visitors were willing to put their money where their mouth is and keep it going for year(s) to come!!
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To stop high and quick and let the cast open up instead of dumping 10ft in front of me. Sounds all good and peachy sitting here on the couch, but still dump it from time to time. Usually a improvised sorta single spey thing can save the drift.

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