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Single Handed Spey 101

Posted by Chris Dore on September 26, 2020 at 1:45 PM



There’s been a lot of discussion of recent surrounding single hand spey techniques, and rightly so. However, roll casting has been around since the beginning of time and if you’ve been pulling your line into place to facilitate a roll cast delivery then congratulations, you’ve got it…to some extent.

 

Over time the tact...

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Winter Stealth

Posted by Chris Dore on July 16, 2020 at 11:45 PM



One thing I don’t get is how much time, effort and patience anglers put into being stealthy over the summer months and how that all goes out the window on winter time waters. These are still the same fish with all the same senses and sure, while the character of many winter rivers may see the fish less affected by a heavy footfall, you will sti...

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Wait for the Weight - Setting the hook on the swing

Posted by Chris Dore on July 6, 2020 at 2:50 AM


 

A recent river session with a good mate found us talking about short grabs - those hits to the swung fly that just never seem to convert into hook ups. My feelings were that they can often be turned into a hook up if the angler simply does nothing, and then a little bit of something. Follo...

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Streamer Advice

Posted by Chris Dore on September 20, 2018 at 9:35 PM


Matthew writes:

“Hi Chris. Thank you for all the helpful articles and posts that you write. One in particular that I really liked was your article on the Dore's Mr Glister with the list of materials and the way you fish it etc. Using stuff I had amongst my tying stuff I hav...

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Galloups Antacid

Posted by Chris Dore on September 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM

Well the brown beetle are now truly taking to the wing however we don’t always wait until beetle season to tie on a terrestrial. Galloup’s Antacid is a favourite of mine from the grassy, front country streams to the high country wilderness. Its subtle, uber ...
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Rules of Engagement

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2018 at 9:40 PM

1) You will never, never...never never never ever flick a tangle free from the rod tip.



2) If I say its a fish, its a fish.


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Stoneflies

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2018 at 8:55 PM


I personally don’t use stoneflies a lot in the waters I guide but they allow you to really go to town on profile, accents and importantly for big, come eat me legs, let’s talk more about this...


A good stonefly imitation is my go to in deeper, rocky runs, ...

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Thinking More = Catching More

Posted by Chris Dore on August 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM


Swinging sexy water. Don’t just fire out random casts thinking they will work. Identify structure in the water ahead of you and think about how your fly will present to fish holding around that structure. How fast / slow will the fly pass through the bingo zone and should it acce...

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Options are Good

Posted by Chris Dore on August 5, 2018 at 4:50 AM




Having a variety of flies, in a number of patterns and profiles, along with a variety of heads and sink tip options sure makes a difference on those slower, winter days. Add in a bit of imagination and a few different retrieves and you not only increase your options, but renew your entheusi...

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Fishing the Mr Glister

Posted by Chris Dore on July 25, 2018 at 9:40 AM


So I’ve received a number of messages this week as to how I fish Mr Glister streamers. Do I just swing it, do I strip it? Well, it all depends on the water etc and how the fish are reacting.

In larger, deeper pools I will often fish them slow and deep across and down, letti...

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