Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you...
Remember all that excitement last month about Trout Speys? We'll, I don't know if it had something to do with all that excitement, or maybe the Single Malt of the Month Club, but I pack all my stuff up into Poul's camper and we set off for Alberta. I fish cutthroat on a little creek in eastern BC for a few days before we get to the Bow, then the Bow ends up being lousy so off to the Livingstone we go. There I fish 1 day with my single hand yellow 388 and then say "ok, time for the trout spey tests!" Into the rod storage chest I go (really the space between the outside wall of the camper and the inside of the truck bed) and I search...and search...and search...until I find a 9ft 4 wt but no 11ft+ lightline rods!!!
It appears that I somehow managed to grab the wrong rod from the warehouse. Great. Two weeks on trout water but no trout speys to test.
So, instead I spent a ton of time speycasting my single hand rods (except to dry off a fly I didn't use an overhead cast a whole lot throughout the trip) and thinking "wow, this would have been a great place to test the trout spey!"
Soooo...it appears the trout spey will be an on going project. Now with fall steelhead season rapidly approaching there won't be a whole lot of time left to do the trout thing, so I'll tinker with the concept and play around with some graphite and see what I come up with.