spey instruction on the Snoqualmie...

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by speycast, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. speycast

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    Hey all,

    I went to the Snoqualmie this morning to get professional help on my spey casting. Aaron, first of all, is awesome! He taught me more than I have learned from reading books and watching videos. All in 2 hours!

    He showed me a few times, the double spey, and then handed me the rod and sent me on my merry way! The first rod I cast was the CND Custom 14' 9 weight. What a great rod! It and I worked well and cast just wonderfully. The second rod I tried was the Heritage ( I think 15") 9 wt and it was also a nice casting rod, though a little light for me. I prefer a slightly heavier rod. The last rod I cast was the CND Expert Steelhead! WHAT A ROD! It was like we were meant to be together! It fit comfortably and when casting it felt like it was an extension of my arms, it was that easy to cast.

    I also met Jim (Old Man :thumb: i believe), kent, and alpinetrout ( i think, I don't remember his handle, but I remember his name) and a few other guys from this site. I can honestly say everyone I met was wonderfully friendly and a blast to talk too. Everyone was throwing some serious line today!! I can't wait to do it again!

    speycast
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Did you try out that Cortland? Just think that you get to do that every Saturday morning. I will be back now that my glasses were found and maybe I can work out my problem. So see you next saturday?

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  3. speycast

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    Hey bud,

    As long my wife says it is okay, you can count on me being there.

    No, I did not, however, I tried that CND Expert Steelhead, WOW!!!! :thumb:

    I think I met windtickler??? Let me know if that was you John. I am really bad names. I think I said everyones name liek 10 times in my head to remember them, but forgot the handles (screen names.)

    speycast
     
  4. Wayne Jordan

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    Just curious... What do you guys use for line on your spey rods?
     
  5. speycast

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    I use the Rio Windcutter multi-tip. However, I tried a few today that were awesome to cast. I am waiting for Aaron to reply as to which lines were on which rods that i used today.

    speycast
     
  6. Old Man

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    A vast multitude of different lines. Wind cutters,Mid spey's.Air flow. Aarons got reels set up for mostly beginners to try out. If you want to try something else he could set it up as all you have to do is ask. He also has a multitude of rods to try out also.

    Jim
     
  7. sinktip

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    I think you are referring to the CND Steelhead Specialist not the Expert. CND rods come in three series: Expert, Custom and Specialist. Only the Specialist line is named though (Skagit Cast, Steelhead, Salmo Salar and Thompson).

    I have yet to cast the Skagit Cast but the other three are outstanding rods. Both the custom and expert lines are great as well but have a diff. action than the Specialists. Nobuo designed the Specialists for "hardcore spey fishers" and as such they have a faster action than the more value priced rods.
     
  8. speycast

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    I read that on the website too! I guess I should have paid attention to detail. That is the ADD in me coming out! LOL

    speycast :professor:
     
  9. windtickler

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    Yeah, that was me standing next to you tying knots in all kinds of lines. I thought you forgot ;). I ran your shooting head, and then two mid speys through my St. Croix, a 7/8 and an 8/9. I'm more confused than ever, it seems they all work. As usual, Aaron came over, took my rod, put a sick amount of line out, and convinced me not to change a thing (gotta rethink that business model...).

    I keep coming back to the Heritage 14' rod though. I love that thing. I almost bought one Sat. I just wish they were planning a travel version of it.

    I'm flying out this weekend for Christmas, but I'll see you guys after the holidays. I think these sessions are great and a great place to meet people from the board. I can't believe the effort Aaron, and Jack, put into those classes. Anybody ever do a little mental math to see how much gear they bring down to that beach?

    While waiting for Andy from Everett (who ahem, blew me off :bawling ) I even tied on a fly (egg sucking leach) and worked back through that section. Got one bump, but there was a lot of pressure on that water.

    Somebody lent Kent a 9wt Sage with a full sinking line. I'd never fished one of those before. I couldn't even lift it out of the water. I lent him my rod to practice double speys (which he picked right up), and sent him to River Run to make his Sage fishable. Hope he joins the board.

    And speycast, let's get together sometime and look over your treasure map. Any Raging River spots on it?
     
  10. Andy

    Andy Workin in a sweet mullet

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    I know, I know. Bad Andy:beathead Wish I could say that my decision to sleep in, stay at home and tear out carpet was a rational one.... I have heard that one can make some pretty irrational decisions under the influence of alcohol... . :beer2
     
  11. Old Man

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    I don't think that my book has anything on the Raging but thanks for reminding me because I have to print up the one's I have for the Skagit and pass them along to another person.

    Jim
     
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    >I keep coming back to the Heritage 14' rod though. I
    >love that thing. I almost bought one Sat. I just wish
    >they were planning a travel version of it.
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    Hey Tickler, we met a week ago. Phil, with the goofy hat. You have to try the Cortland Aaron has. It's 5 pieces, and priced at about $200. You'll like it when it becomes available on the market.
     
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    I remember. I was casting that Lamiglas 6 piece, also a nice rod. I did try that Cortland this weekend. I liked it fine. But I just click with that Heritage. I think it's a little faster. The Heritage just seems to make it that much easier to cast. I've cast almost every rod there and no matter what the price I keep coming back to that one.
     

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