Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Michigan rivers
warmwater spey/two-handed fishing
I'm finding spey casting techniques and equipment very adaptable to warmwater. Wading near shore and either fan casting or fishing along shore, I'm finding the bass/pike taper lines work very well using a snap-T and extra anchor/slow timing (Skagit style). I'm fishing the 11'7" 5/6/7 Meiser rod, but you could do the job with any spey rod (lighter is probably better). The general Skagit line guideline is to have the head 3-3.5x the rod length, and I'm finding 35-38' to be good. The grain weight you cast Skagit style is higher, and so it may take a bit of discussion and trial to get the right line. I'm currently using 470 grains at 35', which is a cutoff old SA Mastery Spey 10/11. With more line (or sink-tip) used in the anchor and a smaller loop, the actual load on the rod is much less than the actual head weight.
I also fish a lighter rod (11' 6wt Cabelas FT) that I added a bottom handle to. It likes an 8wt pike taper at 240 grains. Whereas the Meiser rod handles fish up to 15 lbs, the Cabelas rod is better fit for fish under 6 lbs, if we're talking about efficent landing for release. With both rods, shooting casts to 70'+ is a breeze with the snap-T...and I can do it all day effortlessly. No double hauls, and no sore or tired arm or shoulder.