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How To Get Speyed – Part 3

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

Part 2 of this article discussed Spey rod and tip technologies. This final segment rounds out the basic tips discussion, mentions leaders, reels and flies, and then takes an irreverent stab at painting a verbal picture of the cast itself.

Many anglers make their own tips from level T-material (which is readily available in cuttable lengths of 30 feet), and a few make floating tips from old floating lines (like I’ve done; and if you’re going to try this, good luck finding new level floating lines in the weight you want anymore! …nobody seems to make level floating lines anymore, and store clerks will literally laugh in your face for asking…but never fear because DT lines will serve–DT floating lines give you a chance to make two tips that have tapers, plus six to ten more that are level…WF lines will be hard to make a tip in the weight you want because the line weight is averaged across that 30 feet of compound WF taper and you won’t know the true weight of any tip you make…plus you’ll waste a whole line making a single tip). more…

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…