Switch and two hand rods are a blast to cast and fish. The longer rod and spey casts allow an angler to cast a lot of line in a tight space. The real value of the longer rod is achieved when the angler has the bottom hand applying the effort and the top hand guiding. Many times the muscle memory from single hand takes over and the angler “over uses” the top hand and the bottom hand is not applying effort. When the angler learns to engage the bottom hand, then the full value of the longer rod is realized – resulting in casting more lines with less effort. There is a drill called “flip the tip” that trains the bottom hand to engage in the cast. Doing this drill 15 minutes once a day for 10 days will train the bottom hand and un-do the muscle memory. You can watch the following video as Dwight Klemin demonstrates the “flip the tip” exercise.
Are you interested in learning or improving your spey casting? then join George Cook, Dwight Klemin, and Mary Ann Dozer as they teach the following:
SPEY CASTING CLINIC MARCH 4, 8:30AM TO 4:30PM Bryant Park, Albany Oregon
To register for the class, call BackCountry Fly Shop 541-230-1706 or order on-line.
On Saturday, Dave and I explored new steelheading water for us! We headed to Drift Creek – that flows into Alsea Bay. I have to say this is a nice piece of water that has lots of potential for steelheading. The challenge! Getting there isn’t for the faint of heart. However, if you are willing to do the “time” then you will be treated to a special steelheading spot. The hike is just about 3 miles and it all gradient! The altitude change is 1000 feet – there is a small flat section in the middle to catch your breath but the first and bottom 1/3 will definitely got our heart rates going. Well at least it did for Dave and I and we are both over that 50 mark!
I swung with my 9 1/2 foot Sage Rod and a Rio 310 Grain short Skagit. I left my switch rod at home concerned about the casting space. My shorter rod got me to most of the water – but I could have just as easily brought by Sage Switch rod with me. Dave dead drifted with his 10 foot Sage rod.
We were clearly early for the steelhead – but none the less we got on the water and discovered a new spot for 2012.
Dave and I explored the Salmon River above Stanley Idaho, yesterday. As a fly fisher, you know, that the passion is always there and when you hook into a big one – the excited kid always comes out! So enjoy my enthusiasm of hooking into a large fish. And yes – you can chuckle at “our not to professional” netting of the fish. We had a great day! I was using a Sage Switch Rod with a Skagit head and T-11 12 foot sinking tip and a JJ’s Special.