My favorite cheap running line is Berkley Big Game Ultragreen #40lbs test. Its cheap and shoots great. It sinks though, but for the price thats not a deal breaker. It requires good stretching just like the more expensive Varivas Airs which doesn’t sink as much and shoots like crazy. Varivas AIRS, a monofilament line has…Continue reading The Best, Cheapest, Favorite Mono Running lines: Use and Disposal
This is a video to watch over and over for me personally to improve my Comp Spey Technique!
Particularly with today’s modern Scandi lines… There is no need accelerate a flat V loop in order to create high line speed on the forward cast. Its true: All we need to produce high line speed is a healthy V loop. A healthy V loop Is void of any and all slack. Actually I’ve produced…Continue reading Exposing a Spey Casting Myth: Scandi Lines: Single Spey
Norway’s Geir Hanson I have found myself that when I keep my top hand elbow tight to my ribcage, whether it be for short heads and switch rods or long rods with long lines, it really cleans up my cast!!! It helps me, a bunch, especially when I find myself getting sloppy. …Continue reading Simple Spey Casting Secret
This is a post written by Riveraddict aka Ed Ward on Speypagesand it is an excellent read for anyone wanting to learn about swinging flies for winter Steelhead. Since I’ve got nothing better to do right now in Texas, here’s my advice on LEARNING it. Keep in mind that this is based upon my OPINION.…Continue reading Swinging for Winter Steel
When the rod passes your position, your shoulder, it must be rising,….Robert Gillespie One of the Golden Rules of Spey Casting according to Robert Gillespie is this: (on the sweep) when the rod passes your position, your shoulder, it must be rising, whether in the straight line incline or the climbing curve. Here is…Continue reading Proper Spey Casting Technique- the Golden Rule of Spey Casting
I have not had the pleasure of meeting Jay personally but when I’m near Eugene I love to stop by the Caddis Fly Shop and pick up a few of his amazing creations. He is a fly tier, creator, writer, with such a laid back style that he looks like he is just playing at…Continue reading Jay Nicholas, Prolific Tier of Cool Steelhead flies and Spey Enthousiast
Coolest Spey Store on the PlanetBearded Beauty The Clearwater Spey Clave was a blast. A wet blast. It rained like crazy. We did our presentations on the river, and in the afternoon we did informal Spey lessons with some of the best in the business. Bruce Kruk, Zack Williams and Whitney Gould. These people are…Continue reading Poppy’s Clearwater Spey Clave
I want to throw a bone to my friends who come to this site regularly. Although I have made so many mistakes here, including negligence and incompetence (loosing my email list, maybe twice) people regular users still check in and I want to show my appreciation by dropping some value bombs by way of sharing…Continue reading A Spey, Skagit, Scandi Casting tip for readers of this Site
Yup, I decided to try LinespeedJunkie for a change. I like it. And it is true that I am more of a Junkie than a Jedi in the wide world of Spey The term Jedi in fly fishing terms is very lofty. It is just my brand, I don’t consider myself a Jedi. I consider…Continue reading More Power, Line speed, and Efficiency…LinespeedJunkie
Here are a few other thoughts on the OPST Smooth … Its fully integrated. Allows stripping in all the way to the sink tip It must be air mended ….video on the way I think some el’ Slicko line dressing would add to its shooting sweetness No Coily mono no knot through the guides It…Continue reading I’m High on The OPST Commando Smooth
Update: My new favorite Rod! Not that I go around trying every inexpensive fly fishing combo in the world in order to find the very best possible, but I do think I’ve found a winner. Watch the following video to see why I like the Cortland Fairplay fly fishing outfit. Last Summer I picked…Continue reading Best fly fishing Combo under $100 may be the best fly rod combo under $200 update 9/15/19
Since I’m an affiliate of Big Y Fly Company I thought it would be nice to post his interview of Ben Paul by Big Y Fly Company. Big Y carries a variety of OPST Skagit Heads, Shooting lines, Sink Tips, fly tying stuff and more, including a cool…Continue reading Big Y Fly Interviews OPST, Micro Spey, Commando and More
Glenn Ness is one fishy Dude. He is now offering to paint your catch! And guess what? It is not expensive!!! I took the above photo of Glenn. Chances are, he had just picked my pocket. One would think that I’d be a little miffed about that but I hold no contempt for a guy…Continue reading The Art of Glenn Ness
My Buddy Mike and I returned to one of our favorite rivers last weekend. A few years ago at this time of year we did alright on a different stretch of river, each landing a nice Steelhead. Catching Steelhead has a nice way of taking the pain out of the frozen blocks of ice that…Continue reading A Skagit and Spey Casting tips, tricks, basics, and Essentials Video featuring Mike!
Originally published in 2016 What do you do when you get a text message from a friend inviting you on a “just bring your lunch” trip to fish XYZ creek? You leap up in the air, click your heals together, and start building peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have the uncanny ability to surround…Continue reading Surround Yourself With the Right People!
Spey rod review. Spey rod shootout. Whatever. Consider this a Spey rod review in a shootout fashion that has taken place over years. I only recommend Spey rods or two -handed rods that I have owned, cast, fished or have heard very good reviews myself. I get a commision from a spey rod sale off…Continue reading Spey rod Reviews for the Working Man
Conditions were right for a casting video on a fishing trip with Charlie to a local haunt where we are often skunked, but hey. We made a high Slow Skagit double Spey video Using my beloved Beulah Classic 12’7″ two-hander with a 500 grain Rio Skagit short, old model, 10′ of t14 which I hate on this…Continue reading Skagit Casting Made Easy (er)
My latest video with some bad casting by yours truly, with mending, line control, and random tips, followed by a couple really good videos by Ard Stetts and Patient Pete, Two really, really good fishermen. Also, I threw in a few more videos from seriously fishy fellers (SFF) Zach Williams, and Jon Hazlet, etc. to…Continue reading The Mother of all Mending Your Spey Line Posts
1) Squeeze the Rod with your bottom hand and relax your top hand. This will help you use your bottom hand throughout the cast whether you are casting midrange or Skagit Casting for Distance. 2) Sweep with your bottom hand as much as possible. This will prepare you for using the bottom hand during the…Continue reading 23 Tips to Improve your Skagit Casting Distance and Power
The North 40 Fly shop just came out with this new 40 plus minute video featuring Klaus Frimor at the Montana Trout Spey Clave this year, hot off the press! It’s touted as a Scandi casting crash course. Klaus is hilarious of course and gives the Skagit guys a pretty hard time, all in good…Continue reading Klaus Frimor’s Crash Course on Scandi Casting
The most important elements in Casting a longer Spey line a long distance are anchor placement, a taught, powerful V loop, with no slack, and it doesn’t hurt to have a long, powerful forward stroke. I think a great way to practice is to work mostly on the V loop and anchor placement before worrying…Continue reading Setting the Anchor in The Single Spey Cast
I love this guys teaching technique and casting style.
As far as the Perry Poke goes I usually pitch a wedge of line way out in front of me and cast it more like Ed Wards Snap T. I find it a very powerful cast for creating line speed used by some great casters such as George Cook and Josh Lynn. I love the…Continue reading Perry Poke Skagit Cast – Ed Ward Style
I had the opportunity to practice with my competition rod on a quiet lake under optimal conditions for casting and videoing so I decided to try to improve on my single spey presentation. I thought I could make it short and sweet but I rambled on more than my original single spey how to…Continue reading Single Spey 2.0, Longbelly
Robert Gillespie is a highly respected Fly and Spey Casting instructor. If you are interested in learning more about spey casting technique there are some great articles on Robert Gillespie’s Website.
There are no rules, other than It must be fun. It has to be a happy day. Dad needs to be in a good mood, the entire time. It’s like training a puppy. It’s not about demanding that the puppy obey, it’s more about building a bond and establishing a rapport with the puppy and…Continue reading 15 tips for Teaching a Kid (teenager) to Love Fly Fishing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtrSbHRMFBo Janusz Panicz. My mentor in all things Scandi What is the difference between Scandi and Underhand Casting? First, I would like to thank Llandogo who had this to say about my Underhand casting Goran Anderson style Video: I have used the underhand style of casting for many years and your interpretation is excellent.…Continue reading The Difference Between Scandi and Underhand Styles of Casting
Thanks to Poppy at the Redshed Fly Shop I was able to implement the try before you buy plan and try a couple Airflo Skagit Scout heads and a 10′ OPST Micro Spey floating tip. I picked the Airflo Skagit Scout 180 grain as opposed to the OPST Commando head because I wanted to…Continue reading Single Hand casting the Airflo Skagit Scout & OPST Micro Tip
Skagit casting isn’t really much different than any other style of Spey casting. It should be slow, smooth, fluid, effortless, beautiful, efficient, and effective. Hot off the Press: 23 tips to improve your Skagit Casting Power and Distance. 1) Cut the hook off of your fly, stand in one place and practice for an…Continue reading 21 Tips to Improve your Skagit Spey Casting
In honor of the late Johnny Kuehn I am featuring this cool spey rod I built using Mieser components, including nice cork and a very expensive reel seat. Unfortunately my rod dryer malfunctioned and the rod ended up with some carpet fuzz and bubbles in the finish epoxy so the rod is not exactly “pristine” in…Continue reading The Art of…Me- Anlgers Roost on Mieser Components
This is a post written by Riveraddict aka Ed Ward on Speypagesand it is an excellent read for anyone wanting to learn about swinging flies for winter Steelhead. Since I’ve got nothing better to do right now in Texas, here’s my advice on LEARNING it. Keep in mind that this is based upon my OPINION. Keep in…Continue reading Bullet points: Swinging Flies for Steelhead
Really good review of the Sage X Spey rod by Tropher Browne