Who invented skagit casting

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  1. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

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    That's the way the Snap-T cast was invented but not sure about Skagit casting. I suspect that they all had a hand in the development of the technique.
     
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    Jimmy Green introduced two handed rods (16') to the Skagit. The first guys who got blanks from Jimmy were Harry Lemire and Bob Strobel. They refined the rods into what became the Sage 9140-4 about 1986, plus or minus a year. That led to other folks mentioned, Mike K., Dec H., John F., Ed W., Scott O. and others climbing on the bandwagon. I think Mike gets credit for doing more line experimentation than most. Jimmy initially was casting heavy shooting heads overhead. Harry and Bob developed what they called a "pop" cast with a shooting head in a floating belly, sinking tip configuration. But if Harry and Bob, oh, and Jimmy's friend Al Buhr, refined the Spey rod, Mike and the others refined the casting technique. Somebody ought to write all this shit down before we forget it.

    Oh, and I didn't jump on the two hand rod bandwagon for a long time for some strange reason. I guess I thought it was more of a novelty than anything, and I was plenty busy catching steelhead on my old single hand rod.

    Sg
     
  3. mosshole

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  4. Salmo_g

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    Mosshole,

    Thanks. Hardly know what we'd do without your contribution to the topic.

    Sg
     
  5. Rayne Rivers

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    Salmo,
    You're message box is full...
     
  6. Leroy Laviolet

    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    This has been a good history lesson , not what I thought !
     
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    Salmo has the short version down pretty good. There are a ton of other people involved that most have not heard of. Many hours spent at the old fly shop in Mt. Vernon, on the river, at the tavern over a beer or over morning coffee discussing different ways to do things, different line configurations, construction techniques, rods, reels, you name it. The well knowns and the not so well knowns all contributing what they learned that day, that season, that run. The Skagit style was invented, developed, refined, and made what it is today by the amalgamation of many people's experiences and experimentations.
     
  8. NomDeTrout

    NomDeTrout Fly Guy Eat Pie

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    Hey I'm just stating random things that I hear from people here and there.
    I'msure theres alot of info skewed but in the movie Drift, Hazel says him and few buddies brought up spey rods. Doesn't say much about skagit casting, but hey I was just throwing names in.
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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  10. Leroy Laviolet

    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    Classic !!!!!!!!! Love it !!!!!!!!
     
  11. miyawaki

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    Casting Skagit lines is a variation of a spey cast but spey casts are not Skagit casts.

    Leland.
     
  12. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    it's all in the anchor, man.
    agree with Leland.
     

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