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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wind Speed

Is there a limit on the wind speed in which you will try to Spey? Just didn't know if anyone had a rule of thumb or a cutoff wind speed that would stop them from fishing with a spey rod.
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Two rules of thumb, actually...

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Is there a limit on the wind speed in which you will try to Spey? Just didn't know if anyone had a rule of thumb or a cutoff wind speed that would stop them from fishing with a spey rod.
The wind speed at which I give up is one where:
1) My forward cast fails to reach the river even though I'm standing in it.
2) I fail in my attempt to light a smoke.

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Ask yourself:

1) is it safe?
2) is it fun?

I've cast into steady 30 mph winds with gusts to 50 or more, but it wasn't fun. When my buddy whacked himself in the face with a fly, we retreated to shelter and enjoyed the afternoon talking and drinking beer.

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I've had wind add at least 20' to my cast. Really depends on wind direction and your casting intention. If it's an upriver wind, must be because down river wind is sweet, I'd look for a different piece of water. On many rivers you can find bends or complete changes in river direction and the crazy wind will help again. When your cast ends up no where near your target area it's time to fish elsewhere.
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The wind speed at which I give up is one where:
1) My forward cast fails to reach the river even though I'm standing in it.
2) I fail in my attempt to light a smoke.
+1 same here
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20 mph for me. I lived in Kansas for a little bit where the wind can be constant from one direction one day and completely different on the next. I quickly found out that on days when the forecast called for winds faster 20 mph - my fishing would be restricted to early in the day before the wind started up. Gusts are totally different.
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On the Deschutes, blustery winds, especially in the afternoon/evening are common in the summer and fall. They are typically fickle in both force and direction. Until the force becomes strong enough to blow mist across the surface, I try to time my casts in between gusts. Often, one can see a gust approaching from quite some distance up, down, or across the river.
When the predominant wind is strongly in my face, I head for camp and try to drown my sorrows with beverage; so it ain't all bad.
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squirrely winds are the worst - when it switches mid cast can really cause havoc! Agree with Stumpy about seeing the gusts coming and timing your casts. Keeping a really canted rod profile and low casts can help quite a bit

I was on Silver Creek out of Sun Valley chasing trout with my little Scott 2 wt one time when I saw a dark mass approaching - a huge wind/dust storm that hit - it was difficult to even stand up in that wind. Just turned my back to it and waited it out then back to fishing. When I got back to the camp ground there were tents everywhere except where they should have been!!! A real mess - luckily we did not have the trailer canopy rolled out when we left!!!
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100KPH (60+ MPH) in Ireland Rain and hail

ended up over head casting a 15' spey rod

and caught my first Atlantic Salmon late in the day- and seriously - then the sun came out

I'd go with the 20 or so limit if i was not so far from home with so much invested
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Likewise, it depends on when & where I am. If I'm fishing 30 miles from home & it gets that bad then I'll say "screw it" & go to the pub for one (maybe two) on my way home.

If I'm on one of my weeks holidays in Scotland with a return drive of over 1,000 miles invested into it + rent for the beat & hotels or B&B's etc. Then I'll fish as long as I can stand up & get a line out without smashing a rod - I won't claim to enjoy this, but I will admit to being stubborn!

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On the Deschutes, blustery winds, especially in the afternoon/evening are common in the summer and fall. They are typically fickle in both force and direction. Until the force becomes strong enough to blow mist across the surface, I try to time my casts in between gusts. Often, one can see a gust approaching from quite some distance up, down, or across the river.
When the predominant wind is strongly in my face, I head for camp and try to drown my sorrows with beverage; so it ain't all bad.
Agree! In some places on the Deschutes, when the wind blows across the top of the canyon, it sometimes hits the basalt walls and then screams right in your face, if you are on the "wrong side" of the river. That's when I head for camp and the adult beverages.

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It all depends on where I am. If I've paid a small fortune to be there, I'll figure it out no matter how hard it's blowing, kind of a challenge, either that or I'm cheap and hate quitting knowing what I paid. If I'm just fishing 20 to 30 is about it, I find it challenging, at least for awhile, then the Irish Whiskey starts calling louder and louder.
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When I have to cast 3/4 down stream to get my fly to land straight across things can become rather trying ... then I try to think about it as "good practice".
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I normally fish a 370 gr. scandi on 12ft -6 in. Deer Creek. when I can't cast that into the wind I go to a 460-470 gr. Skagit and cast side arm, parallel to the river. You loose a little distance but it works well. It takes a bit of practice but it keeps you fishing. When I can not longer get 70- to 80 ft plus leader, I call it quits. If the wind is from my left, right or from behind it has to be hurricane force before I quit. I just put the hood up on my jacket and get at it.
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I try to use the wind as my friend.....
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