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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.
Above; a nice rainbow and some Wilkinson Sunray tubes that the trout grab.
Above; An orange tube design and small Green Butt Dee pattern both very good patterns.
Above; One of my best Sculpin patterns and a salmon who took a small shank tied fly.
Above; A typical fall rainbow and the fly that will catch them.
And that’s me looking way too serious, I’m working on my smiling fish pictures but most look like this.