Sunday, November 05, 2006

Spey Rods and Steelhead

Roger Phillips of the Idaho Statesman has a story about spey casting for steelhead. Recently I found out first hand that knowing how to cast a fly rod has nothing at all to do with knowing how to cast a two handed spey rod.

Merchant picked one of the most challenging ways to land a steelhead. He was fly fishing with a two-handed Spey rod, named after Scotland's Spey River. Spey rods are popular for steelhead fishing because an angler can rollcast long distances with no backcast. A 12-foot Spey rod is considered short, and the standard for steelhead fishing is 13- or 14-foot rods. Some are as long as 16 feet.

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