Oh say can you spey?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Ed Call, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Oh say can you spey? Updated in post #22!

    This thread and your responses have been great. Thank you all. I have a new question posted down in entry #22 of this thread. If you don't mind checking it out and letting me know your thoughts on just getting started I appreciate it greatly.

    Well, I've been thinking about this spey side and pondering giving it a whirl. I have no idea what the hell I'm doing, but I'll start with the fabulous WFFF Search Tool. Any input on how to begin using my soon to arrive TFO Deer Creek 13'6" 8/9 would be appreciated. I'm sure I impluse bought something but it did not cost me too much. Joe might even say that the money is going to a good cause. Thanks in advance, and if you stumble upon some dude that looks like my avatar totally wound up in a fly line tripped over into the surf and bobbing in the waves...pull me to shore if you please!
  2. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Go to a sunday spey deal at aatf.

    WAkefield,
    cds
  3. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Thanks Charles, I have been trying to schedule a weekend to hit that session. I will be doing that for sure.

    Go Sox!
  4. Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    Why screw around? Mike Kinney designed that rod with Bob Meiser. Suck it up, drop the coin one time only and spend a whole day with the old Jedi master himself. Call Mike up and with summer days being long as hell, you get more bang for the buck. Really it kind of amazes me that any newbie would buy one of Mike's rods and not head right out to spend a day with Mike himself to learn the meat and potatoes about those sticks. Just a thought, but any time spent fishing with Mike is special time. Tight lines Duff
  5. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Well, I guess whatever the coach says the player should do. Cool input coach, thanks. I was trying to learn on the cheap, but spending the money for the right instruction is always a smart investment.
  6. TrevorH Active Member

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    I would 2nd the idea of contacting Mike. I got Mike to help me out for a day last fall and it was money well spent.
  7. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Since I don't know crap, any chance anyone knows Mike's digits? Coach? Trevor? I know that I should know, but of course I don't. Thanks.
  8. TrevorH Active Member

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    mikekinney dot com
  9. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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  10. FT Active Member

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    For those that don't know this, Mike is at the All About The Fly's Sunday morning spey casting get togethers at Ben Howard on the Sky. Mike is found teaching newbies to spey casting and helping those with a little bit of spey casting under their belts become better casters. He is a fine gentleman and a great spey casting instructor, as well as a terrific guide.
  11. Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    Those are things I am not in tune with being in Hawaii. FT just came up with some more big time info. So mumbles, hit up a couple free sessions and grab a tip or two and match that up with a full day of actual steelheading and complete one on one attention with Mike and you will be rocking. Far more than you realize now. Tight lines and good Skagit fishing. That whole system fishes very well and makes sense on our bigger rivers, especially in winter when 18 feet of T-14 gets busted out.;) Mike's number is 360-435-3778
  12. SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    mmmmm, MKS taper-
    got to stop now, I'm getting wood.
    congrats Mumbles! Don't forget your bottom hand when you're casting that MKS!
    Bob
  13. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I would spend some time learning to cast it before you spend the money for a guide trip. You will get more out of what the guide has to offer if you aren't spending all of your brain's resources figuring out casting. Most early days with clients look like they are trying to drink from a firehose, at least for the first couple of trips. So much relative information is being handed out and it is often much more than they can process or store. Add that on top of all the physical mechanics a new style of fly fishing requres and it becomes frustrating or even worse, real work, trying to stay on top of it all.
  14. fullerfly Calvin Fuller

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    Great rod! The Skagit 650 smokes on that thing. Good Luck!

    Cal
  15. Will Atlas Guest

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    any skagit line in that grain window will do nicely. I am personally more impressed with the Airflo skagit. Mike does casting instruction and I think he does a deal in the summer where you get a couple of guide days for a really reasonable price. Spend the first day doing casting instruction, its worth your coin if you've got the money. The only other thing I can say is go fishing alot and dont be satisfied with mediocre casts. I see alot of people who really plateau in their spey casting because they are happy to just get the line out there. Spey rods are tools which can give you a considerable advantage if used properly.
  16. Porter Active Member

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    Mumbles get out to AATF :thumb:

    I tried it and didn't care much for the spey thing...but maybe when I'm older...damn long rods and pissed off floppin large fish are hard to deal with :)
  17. Banzai FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs

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    Mumbles, if Saturday fits your schedule better, get in touch with Aaron Reimer at River Run Anglers in Carnation. He has a Saturday session starting at 0900 til noonish on the water as well. Great teacher, and a lot of other info as well. Helped me out a LOT. Now I'm hardly a risk to myself or others in the near vicinity... :). As a matter of fact, I could probably use a tune-up before I hit the rivers in earnest. Wanna carpool up? Other Kitsapers?
  18. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Thanks everyone! I will get the rod next week and will try to get to the Carnation/Monroe events on a Satruday and/or Sunday so I can see just how deep I stepped in it this time. I'm really clueless to much of fly fishing and now I'm adding an entire new process. When we stop learning we stop fishing, so I guess this will keep me busy for a while. I'll likely be in touch with some of you to ask questions as I get rolling. I have to get some single handed fishing in on the beach too, so much to do, so little free time.
  19. fredaevans Active Member

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    It's better than that. Mike is one of the few instructors who teach not only casting but actual fishing with a 2-hander. Spent a day at one of his classes down here on the Rogue and learned more about the fishing end than I thought I already knew.
  20. Salmon Chaser Wannabe Spey God

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    Watch your fly and anchor placement man,, you can do yourself some serious damage trying to bust a big cast with no idea where your anchor is or should be. Good luck and seriously man,, slow down and kepp that fly away:eek:
    Salmon Chaser