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Spey Casting: Snap T into Double Spey….Ripping


Ripping & Pivoting Toward a D Loop (Snap T Kind of.....)


Spey Fly Fishing: No Abracadabra Here (Feeling the Fit)

Feel Good Tool (SwittersB) Spey Rod/Reel

“The whole “fit and feel” issue dominates the forums, with every third question being “what should I use with my ..” – so I’m in good company. I’m just disappointed that every other response involves someone’s mother – making the learning process painstaking slow as chaff is sorted from wheat, and opinions are isolated from ego.” Singlebarbed on Spey Kungfu

The how to’s of this endeavor are difficult to sort out. Mr. Barton touches on the core issue for many a novice entering this new arena….the inner circle seemingly holds the keys to the kingdom of knowledge and are hesitant to share. The why’s are another issue. The reality is unless you know someone (I have been fortunate to know Matt McCrary, who graciously endures novices) it is likely you will waste considerable money and time before feeling the right outfit is in your hands. The forum world can be pretty daunting as novice offends alpha’s. Singlebarbed tries to help with that learning curve to make a better, informed decision.


Refreshing As A Sno-Cone About Now

26 & Windy...Refreshing Memory Now~SwittersB

26 & Windy...Refreshing Memory Now~SwittersB

It has finally cooled off a bit after several weeks of 90-105 temps. I recall this day in late January. I gave up that day, beaten down by the East wind, the frozen feet and hands and sloppy casting. I was alone…that should have been a tip off…and I finally wore down and trudged back to the p-u. Now, the wind is forgotten and the whiteness seems to be as inviting as a refreshing sno-cone on a hot day. Like many grueling endeavors in life, later the sharp edges are smoother in the recollections.


Spey Line Primer (Skagit’s & Scandi’s~but, realize this is evolving)

I am by no means anything but a novice re spey fly fishing. I am learning just like you and this is a very evolving pursuit, always being tweaked with innovations from the pioneers in the field. I came across this link of a steelhead & spey enthusiast from the Great Lakes region. He has a lot of good, solid, basic info for a starting point, realizing that every expert or wannabe expert may have differing opinions. One has to start somewhere. He covers more than lines. His patterns are a bit different than most NW spey flies, but again, maybe something to be learned and added to the arsenal.   

Modern Scandinavian shooting heads resemble standard WF Spey lines only in a reduced length.  So instead of being 55’ to 75’ long, they’re only in the 30’ to 45’ length.  While they may be as much as 40% shorter, they’ll only be about 20% or so lighter, resulting in a line that is fairly heavy for its length.  This characteristic is required to provide an adequate rod loading when using such as short line…….

 Skagit heads are designed as sinktip lines composed of a very thick, very heavy floater belly, often just a piece of level line, attached by a loop-to-loop connection to a sinktip that is usually made up of T-14.  Unlike Scandinavian heads where length is dependent on a variety of factors, Skagit heads lengths are strictly a function of rod length, being typically 3 to 3.5 times the length of the rod (line length includes the sinktip, but not the leader).


The Spey Rod (the jaw drops more than once; frigging amazing!) )

The Focus

The Focus

As a young man working in the Fly Fishing industry, I have the pleasure and opportunity to see, use and fish all kinds of gear. This can be very exciting, rewarding and sometimes overwhelming! In the past couple of years, I have been introduced to the style of spey casting with a two-handed rod. At first, the idea of this was fun and exciting, but my first shot at it was a total bust, but I promised myself I woudn’t give up. Attending spey claves (more of a fish-story-telling affair than a how-to), spey classes, seminars, on-river practicing with friends and co-workers, Matt McCrary and Jack Hagan, and taking a demo-rod out of the shop and trying myself have helped me progress. Of all the methods of teaching, that have been the most helpful and most inspirational to me, has been having the good fortune of being on the river with Matt McCrary.

imgp4712aHe is a co-worker of mine at the fly shop, but in the last 2 years he has become far more than that. He is a role model of how a man should be, an amazing fishing buddy and teacher, a brother, a friend and when it comes to the two-hander….the best instructor and spey caster out there (in my opinion). Matt is a guide and a busy one at that, but Matt has taken me under his wing in many ways. We hang out in the “man cave” a couple times a week, drink Hamms and talk fishing, where it is going, the new styles of lines, rods and casting. And most of all how to increase my success as a retailer of these products and my skills at using them. It has taken me awhile to warm up to the idea of switching to a two-hander for steelhead, though in the past year or so i have come to realize that this is probably the most fun and effective tool we fisherman have out there.

The pro’s of this style of fishing are endless, but lets go over the biggest ones. Line control: we are fishing an 11′-14′ rod making our mending better and fly control more steady and paced. Casting: we are able to cast great distances with very little effort or exhaustion at the end of the day. Equipment used: in the summer we are using smaller flies and lighter heads and tips, making it easy to cast a long line. But, when casting a Skagit style head, a tip and a fly the size of a dead chicken, the true value of a spey rod comes out.

imgp5501A couple weeks ago, I bought a Sage Z-axis 7136-4 (13’6″ 7wt. 4pc.) two-hander and was given a beautiful Hardy Marquis reel to match it up. The moment I got it all set up, I couldn’t wait to get out on the river!! I put on an Airflo Skagit 510gr. head with an 8′ section of CCT 200 tip looped on the end along with a short leader. Talk about a sick set up. So, today was my first day out on the river. I headed up to Dabney State Park (Sandy R.) after classes and got suited up. It couldn’t have been a more classic fishing day either, overcast sky, drizzling, good water temp, clarity and height and a few fish in the runs. I got out there around 2pm and was practically trippin over myself running to get out there. For those of you who are stepping into this world of steelheading or are thinking about it….do it!! There is nothing on this earth that lives in water and has fins, as crazy and fun to fight as a NW steelhead!! Also, to go along with that statement, there is no better way to go about catching these specimens than with spey rod. My biggest goal today was to work on my cast, use my new set-up and see if I couldn’t rip one out of the seam while doing so, and believe it or not….I did!! A perfect cast (for me), swing, fly movement and run and I get a pull. I got the initial jet upstream and me trying to strip up my running line and getting some line on the reel, but before iI knew it the high-strung torpedo was making a run downstream into the tailout. Well, in the end he kind of schooled me and I lost him, but it didn’t matter. The combination of improving my casts and getting out there, my own flies doing exactly what i wanted them to and fishing the most effectively I have ever fished was the highlight of this afternoon! 


For those of you who have given into the sickness of this sport of steelheading with a two-hander, i feel your pain and frickin’ love it. And, for those of you who haven’t tried it or are too timid, i strongly urge you to take a class, come into a local shop and get some info on it, or tackle it on your own. You CANNOT find a more enjoyable, sick-deadly, rewarding tool in the fishing world…period!! With the technology in rod manufaturing, lines, reels and misc. equipment, this way of fishing is becoming readily accessible to the masses. With rods ranging from $300-$900 and a good reel from $200-$800, the options are out there and a set up can be found in most folk’s price ranges. Though i will say this, when purchasing a two-hander, i have come to find that spending a little extra money does make a difference in the overall effectiveness and fun you will find when using a spey rod.

Until next time, 

Have fun, swing the seams and be safe!!

Tony Muncy


Spey Fly Fishing, Yi-haw!! (Wow Factor to Motivate! Cool Site)

Tibor Nemeth


Beyond and Back

Chronicles of an Alaskan on the fly

Fresh, clean, great visuals, real. Spey to boot. Cool. Hope he stays motivated to continue posting more and keeps up the great work.


Tattoo~Spey Fly (Uliwon Swings For Chrome w/ Cool Tattoo)

Cool tat displayed on Spey Pages. User name: Uliwon, posted the tattoo and a several beautiful chrome behemoths, that took to the swung (er…dredged) fly. Spey Pages is an excellent forum site to peruse and learn technical stuff. Less clicky than many fishing forums…they will treat you with respect.

Springer To Spey

Springer To Spey

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