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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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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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Quick Spey Tip - Fish out that Retrieve

Posted by Chris Dore on June 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Stripping streamers is one of the most efective methods of flushing out fish right? So why do so many spey anglers fish out the swing, then rip the line haphazardly back upstream in preparation of the next cast.

I often take in a couple of strips then let it hang, then repeat. Maybe ‘pump’ the rod to...

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Swinging Smarter for Winter 2018

Posted by Chris Dore on June 3, 2018 at 4:35 AM


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 ...

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Stripping 101

Posted by Chris Dore on August 17, 2017 at 7:15 PM


Yo! Let’s chat about a rather important aspect of swinging that most two hand tyros neglect...


Undoubtedly the sexiest part of your routine with compact head systems is seeing a tight, straight D or V loop being transitioned smoothly forward and sent off...

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DIY Sink Tips. The Low-down

Posted by Chris Dore on August 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM


When it comes to sink tips for two hand fly fishing we really are spoilt for choice. Flo tips and Salmon / steelhead weight polyleaders cover a wide range of angling conditions and are designed to be very angler friendly, however it is the nature of fly fishermen to tinker and...

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Spey Tip - Easy Loops in Airflo Miracle Braid

Posted by Chris Dore on June 2, 2017 at 2:10 AM


We've been selling a lot of Airflo Miracle Braid of late as the local spey scene look for an easy to use, super long shooting running line for lighter / shorter heads. A question we often get asked is 'how do we loop this to our backing & head?'


Splices are often ...

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