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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Peter M.Date: 9/21/2001 6:56 AM
Hi all,
 
I was looking for a 10' # 7 flyrod and came across Scott SAS 1007. Scott describes it as beeing made for the Great Lake Steelhead anglers - who are they or what is special about that specific area or should I ask - what kind of fishing is that ?
 
I am a little confused by the words Great Lake since I take it they do not fish for steelhead in lakes - or do they ?
 
I hope someone will clarify this for me.
 
thanks
Peter
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: J_DDate: 9/21/2001 7:23 AM
Great Lakes steelheaders are fishing the rivers and creeks that flow into the Great Lakes from MIchigan, Ohio,Pennsylvania and New York.
 
From what I understand, their rivers are faster than ours on the West Coast so they use heavy heads and /or a lot of weight to get down faster. Not exactly your classic Spey casting/fishing techiques.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: RobjonDate: 9/21/2001 1:09 PM
Early in the season (fall and late fall) you can be succesful swinging a fly for Kings, Coho's and eventually Steelhead (there the last ones in) However not long after that the Temp drops quick and the steelhead velcro themselves to the bottom. The most productive way to fish them is with hi-stick nymphing techniques and alot of weight. If you lucky enough to arrive at your spot and theres not to many fellow anglers you can pick them up with a super fast sinking tip and a swing. This year I'll be trying to Spey cast for these fish for the first time, I'm new to this spey game and am looking forward to all the laughs and mistakes a beginer can show his friends. Peter my guess is the rod in question is flexy at the tip to protect light tippets and stiff in the butt to haul out heavy sink tips and punch out weight
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Great Lakes steelhead fly rods are used in streams. Our streams are generally smaller, narrower and tighter than West coast waters. "Great Lakes Steelhead rod" is probably just marketing hype to direct customers to a recommended length, weight and action for steelhead fishing those waters. Most single handers would be comfortable with a 9-1/2'-10' length, 7 or 8 weight, soft tip/progressive action rod here. Successful spey fishing can be done on our larger rivers with heavy tips.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2001, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Peter M.Date: 9/24/2001 7:26 AM
Thank you for the answers.
 
I figured out that it was mostly marketing hype - but still it must have had some connection with "real life" thats why I wondered if it refered to a special fishing technique which requered a special kind of rod. Actually I would be a bit dissapointed if Scott was using the term as a marketing hype only - they do make good rods don't they ?
 
 
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