After so many different directions in Speycasting over the last decades, from shorter and shorter in rods, from Scandi to Skagit, Skagit only, then Scandi again or additional, it’s interesting to see the growing number of people interested in Longbelly lines and rods becoming longer and longer again at the other side of the pond. Back to the European roots of Speycasting?
We don’t experience that here that much at the moment and didn’t have those extreme changes in the past. It was more of the kind of an expanding offer to choose from. And that’s nice for both sides of the Atlantic of course.
Fishing for all species of fish with fly only, the rule to choose can be very simple: targeted fish species and expected size, size of flies and presentation, river size and structures, lines (long, medium or short and dirty), then rod.
I for myself still use the full range of options of my rod Harem for different approaches from 11‘ switch rods to 15‘ rods and don’t want to miss a single one of them.
It needed many years, to find the rod-line pairings that fit me and my fishing needs and nearly the same time of therapy to be able to part with the other rods. My therapist is too hard to me. I had to give away 32 rods in the last four years.
And still the list of rods I spend time with - covering the different species I fish for - would be too long. Sorry. If he would read it...
Time is running... A little bit of work, a little bit married, fishing, hunting... What else?