Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: White River Tailwaters
Never Speyed Before — Help, please.
O.K. I've never used a two-handed or spey rod before. I am vacationing in the Northwest in June (In Portland and on the Olympic Peninsula) and would love to go fishing for steelhead. However, I am having trouble getting guides to respond to my queries (Apparently, they have plenty of work and don't want my money). I need help with everything. I have read a great deal about spey rods and just when I think I have a handle on things, I'll read something that makes me realize I now know less than I did before I started reading. I need help with equipment. What setup do I need to fish for steelhead in the pacific northwest — Rivers like the Willamette, Hoh and/or the Skagit? I plan on flyfishing and using a spey rod. I live in northwest Arkansas and fish for trout on the White River Tailwaters. I use a Redington 9 ft. 5 wt. rod. I don't want to spend a fortune. I would like to stay under $400 for a rod. Also, what are the better rivers around Portland and in western Washington to fish for steelhead in the first week of June? Any and all advice and information is appreciated.
John Henley Jr.