J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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How To Get Speyed – Part 2

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 1 of this article discussed Spey casting origins, benefits of the style, a sensible approach to entry into the Spey world, and a few very basics of line elements. This segment comments on rod technologies and line setups in more detail, in particular the tangled world of “tips.” (An echoing of the erstwhile shameless prophesy: A truly unique Spey cast “how to” description is coming later in this article! Hang in there….)

Step Three: Rods

Full-sized (non-casting-competition) Spey rods are usually in about the 12.3-foot to 13.75-foot length range. “Switch” rods are shorter (around 11 to 12 feet, very roughly) because of their goals and the difficulty in attempting to single-hand a mile-long rod; only goliath-esque hands and wrists could manage single-handing a 13-footer for very long. Both Spey and Switch rods feature prominent fighting butts, which double as the grip for the off-hand in a two-hand cast. more…

How To Get Speyed – Part 1

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

I never thought I’d want to cross over to what seemed like the dark side…well, that’s not fair…department store doughballs dragged the length of man-made reservoirs via cannonball-sized downriggers are the dark side…and that’s not fair either…but I’m talking about my own ignorant preferences here. The point is that I never thought I’d gravitate to heaving gaudy flies the size of a goose with surf-length rods using both hands.

But a courageous Chinook who’d been around the world and had come home to challenge my little self-built 5-weight 9-footer changed all that. While I’ll never lose the fascination of tempting wily rainbows with tiny flies delicately offered, I know now that I need some artillery when the big boys cruise on home. more…

New Foam Products from Rainy’s

 Rainy’s was founded in 1971 by Rainy Riding who began fishing with flies on a spincast rod at age five. Today, Rainy’s is a multinational business leading the industry with cutting-edge innovation and the highest quality fly tying materials. They’re particularly well known for foam products and we’ve just added a dozen new items in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Many of the new items include Rainy’s popper bodies which are some of the best in the industry. There are many popper bodies to pick from, ranging from very small Pee-Wee Pops to larger Foam Bass Poppers, to Saltwater Poppers.

We highly recommend the PSP Foam Popper/Diver Heads and the Foam Diver Heads. Depending on which way you point them on the hook shank, they either become a popper or a diver.

We also carry the product that started the foam revolution in fly tying. This is a tubular foam called Rainy’s Float Foam. To read more about Float Foam and its various uses, please read a blog post Rainy’s just recently published themselves.

Tying with Rainy’s Float Foam: The Original Commercially Available Fly Tying Foam