04-20-2017, 11:35 AM
Re: Switch rod IN the Great Lakes
Sure you can cast on a lake shore and you can get good distance too.
The most distance I've achieved is with a long rod and a long belly spey line but short skagit heads work just fine and Scandinavian lines for light flies and calm days.
To cast far you have to practice and get good, there is no way around that.
I know people that are very successful catching steelhead and kamloops (our hatchery steelhead) off shore, maybe even more successful than swinging rivers on any given day. People catch large lake trout at the river mouths casting to the far flow on the lake and letting it sink and slowly swing across.
The very best time for shore fishing is to be there at the start of legal fishing a half hour before sunrise. The fish are close, very close so be aware. You never know what you might catch! I have seen 50 coaster Brook trout have been caught and released this year so far. That is great! 20 pound lakers, salmon...a lot of action and food near the river mouths in the spring on a very cold sterile lake, you know the fish are around.
Go to the superior fly angler in Superior Wisconsin.
Generally most spey guys on our end of the lake have one spey rod and one switch rod for smaller rivers.
Stripping streamers work, but tying up a large nymph and stripping that in works really well, looking to the fish as a hatch is starting out of the rocks.
You don't need moving water to cast, that is a myth, you just need water.