Posts Tagged ‘Spey Fly fishing

16
Mar
11

Fly Tying: Fish Envy?

Worse than anatomical envy is fish envy? As I perused FB tonight, I observed one pic after another of large steelhead and trout. Big fish, big flies? I mean it is so enticing, so powerful a draw. And yet, there I sit. Squinting even with my 2x googles. Bobbing back and forth to come into focus on a size 24 hook. Tying the simplest fly of a single strand of Krystal Flash drawn out to take the kink out. A simple tiny craft yarn was used for the thorax. Tying a small fly (midge), of late, has become a tying right of passage. Yet those slabs…… Fish envy is a nagging attack on your self worth. Look at April Vokey with yet another beautiful fish, then look down at the dime. Hmmm? Identity crisis and at my age.

15
Feb
11

Spey Tying & Fishing: The Under Employed Rebels

 

Fisheads Flies 'n Lore

Via Spey Heads (FB) for Fish Heads Flies and Lore

Indulgent individualism? Rebels without a care? Whatever, they help tweak the realm, even if you hate them, envy them, support them. Sometimes fish bums are akin to foodies, the well traveled, the spoiled few….you want to just slap the shit out of them. Then again, you like knowing them too.

 

05
Feb
11

Fly Fishing: Excitor Seduction………….

08
Jan
11

Fly Fishing: Reading Winter Waters

Sandy River at Oxbow (SwittersB) PP

STEELHEAD ON THE SPEY RE READING HOLDING WATER

“Let me remind you that good “fly” water for steelhead, summer or winter, is 3-6’ deep and the current has the speed of a nice walking pace. I like to add that structure can play a key role as well…..in the Winter…we are looking for water that… the current has a nice walking pace speed if not slower. Structure is still very important to help stop and hold fish as they are moving upriver.” Jason Hartwick


25
May
09

Whitney Gould @ Rogue Angels (if you need new shoes to complete the outfit…do it…guys too)

 Rogue Angel Whitney Gould posted an excellent recap of how to’s re spey fly fishing for women and really for anyone. Great advice on the heels of the Sandy River Spey Clave.
Whitney Gould~Sound Advice For All Fly Fishers

Whitney Gould~Sound Advice For All Fly Fishers

“I started thinking, How is this different from buying a pair of new shoes when I have 10 pairs already in the closet? And I came to the conclusion, It doesn’t matter. You feel you need those pair of shoes to make an outfit complete the same as needing to buy a new rod to make a fishing experience more complete.”

29
Jan
09

Spey Fly Presentation (Fly lower than end of sinking line…diagonal not horizontal)

I read this piece from the very helpful Hooked 4 Life Spey Series and thought how many years we have shortened our leaders to be in line with the end of a heavy sinking line. The flossing of fish has always been suspected with fish. The leaders of spey rods are definitely growing in length to accommodate the tubes, and the dynamic of the spey casts. Hooked 4 Life has excellent, thoughtful info, much of which is relevant to NW two handers.    

angle-spey-swing

http://www.flyfishusa.com/newsletter/021504/ (diagram source; suggestive of angle not length)

“All of this to say that I now firmly believe that it is essential for good steelhead presentation for the fly to run well below the level of the lowest section of your fly line and that the fly line should never come close to the level of the fish. Sinking, straight-line presentations using short leaders, cannot meet this requirement.”

“…I have improved my hookup rate significantly since going to longer leaders on my sinking lines.  The use of thin fluorocarbon leaders and fast sink rate flies, ensures that I do not have the line near the bottom and the fly near the top.”       http://www.hooked4life.ca/glsteelhead/Presentation_Issues.html

22
Nov
08

spey fly (sparse, translucent, life like)

Reflection by T. Muncy, 2008

Reflection by T. Muncy, 2008

15
Oct
08

Spey Fly Fishing, Tube Flies and Another Box of Materials

Sage Z-Axis Rods with Ross Momentum and Loop Reels strung with Scandie heads ready to go.  Cruising the washboard between Mack’s Canyon to Maupin.

So, this recent trip to the Deschutes River to spey fly fish created several followup desires: continue spey casting to help engrain the mechanics. Not next year but real soon. Also, to expand the tying repertoire, learn to tie tube flies and balance the shooting heads to the rods we will be using.

The spey casting and line-rod matching can take place away from the house. However, the tying of flies has suddenly taken over the dining room table. Tubes, feathers, Artic Fox, ribbing and such have expanded on a daily basis.

I had just cleaned up the dining room table in an effort to make amends for my long term occupation of the table and adjacent areas. Then within a day of returning from the Deschutes R. the dining room table was once again occupied, not with trout fly materials, but with a whole new niche of tying materials.    

1st Tube Fly~TMuncy

1st Tube Fly~TMuncy

The introduction of Spey fly fishing and tying into our seemingly overflowing fly fishing world seems like too much in what is already so much to keep up with, use and store. Ha! Erleichda! More fun. 

07
Oct
08

Deschutes River Steelheading (‘Stick to your favorite patterns and swing them with confidence’)

“A note about the effect of the White River:  The Deschutes fishes just fine when it is a greenish ~ white color.  It seems like so many people are calling the Deschutes blown out when it is in a good slightly tinted color.  I assure you the fish can see quite well.  And lets not forget that this same color so many people seem to hate on the Deschutes is the color we are all hoping for in the winter.  So if you show up and the Lower Deschutes is a little off colored, don’t worry about and just keep fishing.  The fish don’t care, and neither should we.  Now when the Deschutes is a nice milky white color….well that’s a different story.”

http://www.fisheyesoup.com/fishing-reports/states/Oregon/1/

Green Butt Skunk

Green Butt Skunk

McCrary Tube Fly

McCrary Tube Fly




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