Hooked on Salmon
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Scandinavia & Kola Peninsula, Russia
In reply to several postings on the virtues and origin of the Speycast:
In late April I am to fish "our" beat on the Middle Dee for the 5th year. It is opposite bank from one of the rivers most famous ones, whose name I not will post as not to embarass the surrounding ghillies, who all are genuinly good men.
Some of them put out a full 32m DT with ultimate ease and are wonderful examples of those L A refer to.
Why is it then that they, along with their guests, come to us to learn and study what tackle, flies, and techniques we "space-aged" underhand casting Scandihuuvians are using? You see, we always are on top catchwise, even if the beat statistics says that it should be the other way around.
This interest has met us on the Tweed, the Spey and the Brora, as well.
Progress is synonymous with our art. A man like Arthur Wood, whose pools I have some knowledge of, constantly was searching for new and more refined tackle. Had he been with us today I am certain that he would be on Sage, T&T or whoever to have them finetune his tackle. Grant certainly would have been the same. They were ruthlessly unaffected of traditions and always eager to go further, from all I can deduct.
Therefore I find all attempts to try and identify the true Speycast as a bit amusing. From a pure picscatorial history point of view it of course is interesting - but to try and establish a given route within which the true disciples should remain, to me is contra produtive.
I too read the old books and occationally fish my cane rods and even silk lines. But it is to get a nostalic side kick - when it comes to real fishing I will try anyhting new and hopefully pick the odd improvement up.
Having said all this; my intention is not to try and put the lid on these dicussions as I enjoy them a whole lot.
Last edited by Per Stadigh; 02-22-2002 at 09:03 AM.