Spey Fishing: "Stop; Don't; Flee!"
On his new Unaccomplished Angler blog, author Kirk Werner suggests “If you don’t spey, don’t start” (he even offers a link to the bumper sticker). “I was becoming convinced that I didn’t enjoy standing in a river in January during a cold, steady rain, fishing in vain for a fish that only existed in the history books. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the thing I didn’t enjoy was standing in a river in January during a cold, steady rain, repeatedly casting a heavy single-handed rod in vain for a fish that only existed in the history books.” A very entertaining read, even if you could care less about fishing in face-numbing weather.
But if you really must, casting instructor Rob Kolakowski offers a good introduction to picking the right spey line for the job in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune.”Skagit lines are quite aggressive and used to cast big flies and heavy sink-tips at closer ranges. These lines are available for single or double hand rods. They were first available as shooting heads, but now I also see them as a full lines with running line attached.”
Video: Steve Rajeff describes the three main styles of spey casting