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Single hand Trout Spey :
A final word

Trout Spey is most productive on lowland rivers and estuaries with good numbers of trout.


Trout can be effectively targeted by swinging or stripping streamers, fishing soft hackles, during or outside of mayfly hatches, or swinging dry flies during an evening caddis hatch.


The advantages of Spey casting compared to conventional overhead casting with a single hand rod, are:


1. Incredible fun
2. Casting tips and streamers that require a rod two or three line weights heavier
3. Casting with no back room
4. Less impacted by wind
5. Less time with the flies in the air
6. Greater ability to control streamer depth through tip selection
7. Less tail wrap with mobile streamers, e.g. rabbit flies and woolly buggers
8. Aggressive hits on a tight line are addictive


The cool thing about a 5wt single hand outfit is that you can nymph or dry fly your way upstream with a standard fly line, then switch spools/reels and work your way back downstream swinging streamers or soft hackles on a Skagit or Hybrid head.


Or you can mix and match according to the water, or what does or does not work on the day.


And don’t be surprised if you start using your new found casting techniques with regular floating fly lines to reach places you previously considered un-fishable.


Single hand Trout Spey : Getting started with a 9 ft 5wt rod

+ Getting started
+ Rods and Skagit heads
+ Sink tips for Skagit heads
+ Tippet for Skagit heads

Intermediate Skagit heads

+ Hybrid heads
+ Floating tips for Skagit heads
+ Running lines
+ Cost effective approach
+ Learning to Spey cast
+ A final word

What is Trout Spey

+ How it all began
+ What is Spey casting?
+ Fly lines
+ Sink Tips for Skagit Heads
+ Single versus two handed rods
+ Effective Spey flies for New Zealand Trout and techniques for fishing them
+ Favourite Trout Spey outfits
+ Conclusions


Single Hand Skagit - Science behind the magic

+ Where it all began
+ Head design
+ Sink tips
+ Casting heavy sink tips
+ Running lines
+ Reels
+ Rods
+ Intermediate heads
+ Favourite outfits
+ Conclusions

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