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Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,420
Posted By speycracker
Re: Cheap backing or substitute

Lots of good information here. If you wind on your own backing, assuming 30lb. dacron, how much tension should you use? I once had a reel where the backing got buried into itself and would not come...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,420
Posted By speycracker
Re: Cheap backing or substitute

has anyone used mono as backing? Is this a good idea or not?
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 06-30-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,897
Posted By speycracker
Re: Yeah It's Heavy but Man Does It Ever Cast!

Ard,
My 15' rod is a #10. Casting a 7 or 8 in the same length must be amazing. With advancing age I am more careful to use tackle and techniques that don't stress my joints and soft tissues.
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Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 06-29-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,897
Posted By speycracker
Re: Yeah It's Heavy but Man Does It Ever Cast!

cb,
You are so right. A 15 foot rod plus a 15 foot leader plus 45 feet of line outside the rod tip gives you a 75 foot cast. no stripping, false casting, double hauling, or line management...
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-09-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Re: Uplining

Silver

That's pretty much it.
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-09-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Re: Uplining

Diver Dan

That is the best solution. I bought my first two handed rod (Sage brownie) 25 years ago and still fish with it 90% of the time. The 6 weight is a custom rod and a gift to me from my...
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-09-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Re: Uplining

Silver creek

Freshwater bass are my primary target with that rod and I sometimes use a small Colorado spinner with a bushy fly.

Wjc

Excellent post. You mentioned elbow pain and that is the...
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-08-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Re: Uplining

To answer my own question, I came up with about 215 grains outside the rod tip and about 40 grains inside the rod tip. The grains outside are roughly equal to the first 20 feet of a WF11 line but...
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-07-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Re: Uplining

Thanks for your input. Time for a question. I was casting with about 20 feet of WF11 line outside of the rod tip. This should be about 220 grains out side of the rod tip and 110 grains inside the...
Forum: The Fly Cast 05-07-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By speycracker
Uplining

I tried casting my 9' 6 weight rod lined with a WF11F SWT line. My strokes were slow and lazy with no abrupt stops. Roll casts were getting out to about 60 feet and Belgian casts may have been...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2012, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By speycracker
Re: Large arbor reels

I usually balance my two handed rods with heavy saltwater reels. My 15' Scott likes a 13 ounce Billy Pate Tarpon. I would suggest the following experiment:

Cast your two handed rod a few times...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,713
Posted By speycracker
Re: Castwell's knot - Old flyline to leader knot

There is a knot in Joan Wulff's book that is similar to the Castwell. The tag end of the fly line goes back through the leader loop and has an overhand knot tied in the very end of it for extra...
Forum: General Discussion 10-27-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,948
Posted By speycracker
Re: Fly fishing with back pain

Find a good Yoga instructor but not some 20 year old who has just started teaching. You need someone who can cater exercises to your particular situation. Don't try to learn Yoga out of a book. ...
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 10-07-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,897
Posted By speycracker
Re: Yeah It's Heavy but Man Does It Ever Cast!

I'm a new member and this is my first post. I have used my 15' Scott off of my guide's boat on Georgia's Lake Lanier many times. Casting a sinking line in near darkness is an adventure with my...
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