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Old 01-30-2009, 07:03 PM
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... While I was at the Somerset FF show I saw all kinds of vendors selling Spey Rods & people carrying them out left & right. My question is ,

, How do you land / net a fish when you have 14' of rod in your hand?????

What's the advantage / reason for getting, a spey rod.
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I just went to a fly fishing show and they had some one from Norway demonstrating spey casting. I know nothing about it but from what i gathered if you are on big water and or there is little room for back casting they are great. It takes litterally no effort at all to cast 100 feet. I tried it out and having never done it before i could easily throw 90 feet.

If your on a medium or small creek though i think it would be a disadvantage.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:36 AM
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The biggest advantage to fishing a spey rod is that you can make long casts with limited back cast room. Also, spey casting is a less tiring. As to landing fish, I'm relatively new to spey fishing, so I use my old "pier landing" method.

When the fish is close, I strip in line - instead of feeling in - then I raise the rod tip and let the slack line slip between my finger and the rod butt. This brings the fly line close to me so I can grab it.

I should warn you: The biggest hassle I had when getting started with spey casting was not matching the line - more specifically the length of the belly - to my spey rod and my fishing situation, something the videos I watched didn't talk enough about.

I fish stillwaters from a bank. So I eventually learned that I needed a short-belly line so I could retrieve a lot of line after each cast and not need a lot of back casting room.

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:13 AM
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leave out 14' of line and turn up river have the fish swim along side of you and then scoop up in net or tail them..
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... While I was at the Somerset FF show I saw all kinds of vendors selling Spey Rods & people carrying them out left & right. My question is ,

, How do you land / net a fish when you have 14' of rod in your hand?????

What's the advantage / reason for getting, a spey rod.
Have a very devoted wife/girlfriend in waders with a net with you

Seriously, spey fisherman usually try to scout out a area where they can beach the fish. Also angling your rod back so you can grab the line. When you get a fish in close you should be careful not to high stick as you can break your rod.

Spey rods offer a serious advantage in that your fly is on the water a larger percentage of the time. Using spey casts on your single hander is also very beneficial.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:14 PM
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The biggest advantage to spey is line management and length of drift IMO... not casting distance.
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