Spey anglers have been chasing trout with the long rod for years. However, streamer fishing has been somewhat frustrating because there hasn’t been a Spey line designed specifically with the needs of trout anglers in mind… until now. Airflo recently released my newest line design, the Streamer Switch.
So many of us have fallen in love with Spey fishing. -And why wouldn't we? It's mega fun! Our passion for the long rod doesn't have to stop at anadromous fish!
Join me this Saturday at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn, Oregon for a free seminar on everything you need to know about chasing trout with Microspeys. My talk will cover equipment, techniques and the lessons I've learned from the Deschutes and other fisheries around the country.
Spey fishing for trout is no longer considered a novelty. Anglers have realized that fishing Microspeys covers tons of water with a variety of techniques. -Swinging streamers, wet flies and caddis pupa is deadly on the long rod. More so, indicator nymph fishing with a two-hander changes the game. Dry fly anglers are even finding Spey rods useful for big water stonefly and hopper fishing. Furthermore, anglers are finding how beneficial Microspey rods are for tight casting conditions, mega long drifts and superior hook sets.
Spey fishing for trout may be one of the fastest textures of our sport. For good reason… It’s mega fun and incredibly effective! Like single-hand fishing, there are line weights that can cover many techniques much like #5 weight single-hander. Conversely, there are rods that work well for specific fishing situations. Today’s post covers the full array of two-hand weapons used for chasing trout and the techniques applicable to each line size.
Check out this great trout Spey video from the folks at Headhunters Fly Shop on the Missouri River in Montana. Good to see the growing interest in chasing trout with two hands!
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I recently had the great privilege of helping design a series of "Microspey" rods for the Winston Rod Company. These new mini two-handers are a blast to cast and fish! To learn more about the Microspeys and my design philosophy, check out this interview on the Winston Blog.
I’ve had the great privilege of designing a new series of “trout sized Spey rods" for the Winston Rod Company. Working with rod design guru Annette McClean, we are releasing three models in the Boron III TH Microspey family this September.
The Microspey series and grain windows:
The Deschutes isn't known as a streamer river. In fact, if you ask most anglers that fish the Deschutes on a regular basis they've probably never ever tried a streamer. Most fly shops that service the river don't even stock streamers.