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A Good Shot

In short, I am a Spey caster who uses floating lines ranging from 45′ Scandi lines to 70′ long bellies. I know where the best water to swing flies for salmon and trout are on my regular rivers and believe that positions me to be a good guide to other long rod fly fishers. I am just now beginning to update the website with what I hope will be useful articles about the flies – tackle – and techniques I use here to feel some life on the line as often as I can.  Please keep the site bookmarked and check for new posts as we head into 2015. Your comments and questions will be answered promptly as long as I am home and not working at the cabin.

Fishing the 2 hand rods here is the very best way to approach the various conditions on the rivers I fish. They allow for casting a wide range of fly sizes and weights and will enable the skilled caster to reach the holding water where those fish are at. I have begun using a lot of tube flies and Sculpin patterns with great success. The few flies I’ve posted above are all proven fish getters and I will be providing some step by step tying posts as January takes over Alaska.

For those who are new to the Spey rods and wanting to learn how they work I have a matched set of rods and lines especially for instruction and for your use. The outfit rods are 11 and 1/2 foot Hardy Swifts in 7 weight and are lined with 475 grain Beulah Elixir short Scandi lines. They are easy casting and make learning the basics a snap as in Snap T. There are also 13′ eight weights for once you have the basics working and the longer rods will enable you to reach more fish.

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Above; a nice rainbow and some Wilkinson Sunray tubes that the trout grab.

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Above; An orange tube design and small Green Butt Dee pattern both very good patterns.

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Above; One of my best Sculpin patterns and a salmon who took a small shank tied fly.

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Above; A typical fall rainbow and the fly that will catch them.

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And that’s me looking way too serious, I’m working on my smiling fish pictures but most look like this.



  1. January 11, 2015

    Yeah, ya gotta lighten up, Ard! After all, it’s supposed to be fun!

    Nice lookin’ water you’re splashin’ around in!

  2. June 4, 2015

    Hey, Thanks for providing a little information on spey fishing. It’s a style I have done for a number of years now but don’t feel like I have it nailed down yet. I have set a goal to become an expert over the next year. Expert? Yeah, I know – Sounds weird. I just want to feel like I am as comfortable with the spey as a single handed rod. Hey, I’m not an expert with a single rod either but am trying to get there. I look forward to staying in touch with you as you post more.


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