Mount Shasta Paranormal
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fall River & Golden Gate Park
Extreme Spey Camp is First Class
Deschutes Anglers put on an excellent Spey Camp. Had instruction from John & Amy Hazel for a day and then was guided by John and Travis for a day each. It is putting the learning curve on fast forward in terms of practical Spey casting for steelhead in tight backcast conditions. I have been practicing Spey Casting for 2 years and thankfully I had. I thought going in I was a decent Spey Caster but river right exposed some serious shortcomings. As a result of attending the camp, I was able to identify both my stong points and weak points and concentrate on certain aspects of situational casting with the pro's under real fishing conditions. It's the old "the more I know, the more I realize I don't know" deal. Because I can do a fairly credible switch cast, single spey and circle spey, this allowed for more instruction of the off shoulder casts, some general fine tuning of the casting stroke and grip, and the nuances of casting a shooting head and skagit setup. Anyway it was very cool and I got a hell of a lot out of it. We camped out for two nights on the Deschutes River in very nice tents, had a good dinner every night and the social hour and stories in the evening were worth the price of admission. I only need about 95 more steelhead hitting my swung fly on a floating line and maybe, just maybe I will learn how to let them come up and crush the fly on the surface without jumping out of my skin!
Here is what worked on a floating line this past week:
Green Butt Lum Plum
Hog Johnson Steelhead Sticker
Didn't try skaters.
"Let us cross the river and rest under the shade of the trees" T.J. Jackson