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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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I just found this site and registered. I've fished as long as I can remember and have been building rods for almost 20 yrs. We recently moved from Montana to Sequim Washington. I plan to start fishing the west end rivers. It is clear Spey and Switch Rods are the way to go. I work out of state three weeks at a time and then am home for three weeks, until next summer when I pull the plug on this second mini career.
I have two weeks left to work in Wyoming then home to build a couple of rods for myself. I ordered a spey and a switch blank and components. I have been reading a couple of books while at work and a spey video. I have no doubt this site will help me a lot. Hey, I have to get at this soon, can't take 5 yrs. to learn, I'm 61. Single hand fly fished for many years and it's time to learn spey.
I hope to meet someone to fish with once in a while and will be wide open to any help, tips etc. I can get.
could not have found this site at a better time!! Hello to all.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 04:37 PM
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Hello Doug,
Happy to be the 1st to welcome you to the community. Sequim is a pretty neat little city, I'm only familiar from driving through on the way to the west-end. I lived in Puget Sound close to 20 years before work put me where I'm at now, but it's only temporary. My wife and I plan to finally settle down in Wetern Washington within the next 9 to 12 months for good. I'll be making my yearly pilgrimage to the OP Mar/Apr time frame for a couple weeks of angling. Perhaps we can arrange to meet. There is a large community of spey anglers in the OP, I'm sure you'll be well-greeted.

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Lots of great information on the site and people to go along with it. I am in the Coast Guard, transfering next year and the USCGC Active out of PA is on my list, so you may have a neighbor. Switch/spey is fun! not only on the rivers but the strait and Puget Sound for salmon, SRC and bottom fish. You have came to the right place for info and fishing friends!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 07:26 PM
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Hi Doug, welcome to your new home from the other side of the Continent. This place is addictive and full of info. Spey is so much fun. Enjoy, ask questions often.
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Hello Doug,

You've come to the right place to learn the language of Spey. There are so many excellent people here who will answer any question you will post so don't be shy.


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all the kind welcomes. Now I will be doing some reading here and am sure many of my questions will find answers. When I feel stumped or confused, and determine it is not beceause of age, I will start asking for help.
Again, thank you all for the warm welcome, I feel like a kid with a new toy!!!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 06:12 PM
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Add my warm welcome; but from Montana to Squim-ish?

That aside, if you're reasonably good with a one hander, you'll shift to two in minutes. All the same applications directly apply. 1hander and lots of 'fault' cast to change direction; with a 2hander you remove all that fluffing around with the placement of your anchor. From there, the 180 degree rule applies.

Well, with a two hander you can get pretty sloppy with that and still make a reasonable cast. Thing fluffs up? Just go right (as in ASAP) into a Perry Poke and your good to go 98% of the time.

Love that cast; makes me look like I know what the hell I'm doing.


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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 10:00 AM
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Doug, be sure to check out Waters West in Port Angeles. I live in Eastern Washington but fish the OP rivers when I can. Waters West has a great inventory of fly tying materials and are very helpful. Mark
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