01-15-2012, 01:48 PM
Re: What are you using for steelhead?
Originally Posted by pinkygonzales
I have noticed that, fyshstykr. Spey technique is a huge thing here, but it's such a debate as to what style is "best." I do find it interesting that it's famous for its use in heavily brush-covered areas when we have several very wide rivers with plenty of room for an overhand technique. And then of course there's always roll casting when space is limited.
What was it that convinced you to go two-hand out of the gate?
My first time Steelheading was with a good friend who uses a two handed rod, he was willing to work with me, and another person offered the use of his equipment. It was something totally new to me then, now, honestly the tradition & romance of the two handed rod with Salmon and Steelhead fishing is the driving force.
As far as the debate....I wouldn't pay attention to it. I will nymph when drifting from one spot to the next if I'm not rowing (I usually am
), but as soon as I'm at the top of the next run I'm using the two hander.
You mentioned "wide rivers and plenty of room for an overhead cast".....to that I will say much longer cast (if needed) and ease of casting with a two handed rod once you get through the initial learning curve.
Two handers are a lot of fun to use, I'm planning to use one for the rivers I frequent for trout this year.
"I've never missed a Steelhead by waiting too long. It's true, but I've missed plenty trying to set the hook too quickly."