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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Alaska and when the silvers are in it is a great time. My problem that I am having is in order for silvers to strike there is generally alot of stripping involved and I end up with just about 2 or 3 feet of line out the tip of the rod. I am new to spey casting and I was wondering if there is a good, quick technique to get the line back out to start another cast??

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 04:28 PM
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I would think no different than what you would do with a single hander - flip tip back and forth shooting line; do a couple of roll casts shooting line; overhead cast shooting line are all options. There is no real easy way when you only have a few feet out the tip as this does not give much mass to really help you shoot some line but if you just flip tip or drag back and forth with tip close to the water and use the water as stick on the line that you are releasing this could be the easiest way
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I waited awhile before answereing this, becouse i figured someone would have the answere.. to me the answere is to get back out there and find out how to catch the darn things with a proper amount of line out to recast.. Hold the pole higher, fish from shallower water, fish fruther upstream whatever.. Thats what fishing is all about.. Conquering the the unknown, finding what works when everyone else is scratching thier heads.. First answere the questions, why are they hitting at the end of the pole? Is it the stop, the speeding up, the rise of the terminal tackle?, the change of direction, the speeding up as it comes to shore out of thier reach???? .. the answer is in trial and error.. Tis easy to eror, hard to try til you die.. , you can do it!!!.. The reason im giving you this answere is becouse by the time you do all the line extractions you could have cought a couple more fish that day... .. Dave
May be your stopping and dropping your pole at the end of your retrieve , they instinctively hit herring when they drop after they smakked them swimming thru the school in the ocean... . Try retrieveing into a comfortable length, strip off a couple yards of line and let her sink, pull the line tight, ready to set the hook if you have a customer,, shotgun rise and start your cast..
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 05:38 PM
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Silvers and Stripping

dear jrwAK,
I understand your frustration - after stripping there is no line to cast and you waste huge time with your fly out of the water getting a belly to cast, as discussed in some of the previous comments.
Perhaps there is a tip or two I can impart - when these work I think I'm a genius - when they don't I'm still the same old Idiot of course.
From the beach or a point, fish the seams caused by tidal flow (incoming is good) just as you would fish the softer water just inside the seam on a river - cast bait fish patterns across the rip, shooting some running line, and swing it across into the slower current, timing your depth. They seem to prefer the slower current speed side while still swimming up current. Seams will move up and down the beach as the tide evolves.
I think that schools of more than one silver (as observed from a boat) will follow the fly and loose interest unless stripped hard. Hence the technique of a hard, BIG two or three - three foot strips, let SINK, (count seconds to judge depth), then STRIP!, STRIP!, STRIP!- LET SINK - STRIP-UGH!! - HOOKUP! WHA HOO!!.
When you have stripped in your running line and the belly is at the tip or at your casting spot, snake roll and shoot running across the seam, mend, move down the seam, swing, etc, etc
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