Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
I've tried many pastes, concoctions, antidotes and hearsays ... the solution is to keep water off the guides.
Here is what I do :
- pick a fishing length that gets you into the "fishy zone"
- cast that length of line only
- keep your line tight with the reel to avoid shooting line
- resist the urge to strip in line
For the reasons mentioned above, in cold air temperatures I leave my shooting heads at home. I only use traditional belly lines that are effective within the range/length of my "fishing zone".
Typically, a 65' belly line will cover most of my waters that I fish during the cold weather months. If I venture to larger runs, I will step up to a 75' belly or more often a full DT line.
I also prefer full sinking lines during cold weather. It reduces ice build up on the line and naturally gives me a slower swing.
Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??