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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just getting into spey fishing. I have a Beulah 7/8 switch rod that I use on the Salmon River in NY. I started in November and only used it four times due to the weather but will start again soon. Down the road I would like to get a spey rod, but for now use this one to learn the basic casts. I have the Rio modern spey casting dvd and I would like some recomendations for books that will cover most of the things I need to know to fish with a two hander such as knots, lines, types of rods and reels, all the important stuff. Is there one book that does it all that would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 01:57 PM
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Now I gotta remind you, (and you know this) there will never be "one" of anything. You will have more than one type of fly; one type of rod, etc.

However, at this level, since you need a nice intro to the style and also.......the technique of the fishing, reading ideal spey water, I'd recommend you consider Dec Hogan's "A passion for steelhead". It covers the whole essence of the two handed experience, along with some nice diagrams and overviews of each of the required casts.

Like, there's dudes who can cast, but then, really don't "fish" well? Instruction directly from a guides mouth is quite valuable.

Well worth it; a book that can be used as a tool and a coffee-table decoration. Best $60 bucks I've ever spent.

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I also recommend Dec's book.

A look at my book page will give you some more ideas. Everything listed is connected to two handed rods and their use.


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 03:00 AM
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It wasn't that long ago I was in your shoes. Books are great but only take you so far. Personal hands on instruction is hard to beat. I strongly recommend casting instruction via formal class or as mentioned on river via professional guide. That being said, I found Dec Hogan's book and Simon Gaweswoth's book both very useful.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys I'll be calling Red Shed this morning.
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Dec's book is a good recommendation as it gets into fishing the swung fly for steelhead very well.

But some local knowledge for our waters is a good idea as well. Look up books by Rick Kustich. His "Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead" would be a good start. John Nagy's "Steelhead Guide" is another good choice. Bob Linsenman has a good book out on steelhead. Some guys don't like Matt Supinski, but I found his "Steelhead Dreams" book to be pretty good.

Just Google "Great Lakes steelhead" an a whole bunch of good stuff will pop up.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Peter, I'll check it out.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 11:05 PM
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Decs Book

Just started reading it last week and now I'm 2/3s done I'm a rookie too and it has tons of good info. Can't wait to go apply.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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I talked to Mike at Red Shed, big help, thanks. I borrowed Dec's book from a friend and started reading it also, very good so far, I keep wanting to jump ahead but I'll go in order so I don't miss anything.
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