With that long spey rod, when fishing off the beach, I found it easier to tuck the rod under my armpit and use a two hand strip. Really slows down the chaos...Hey All,
I've lurked the forum for a while before finally signing up this year and lurking a bit more. This place has been a great resource and I'm glad I joined. I've spent my fly fishing life of some years now on small and medium sized rivers in WA, but I started searching in earnest/vain for steelhead the past two winters. This summer, I've taken to the salt for SRC and salmon.
I've been trying the beaches on Whidbey (West & Ft. Casey) lately and haven't tied into anything yet. I've got a 9' 5wt and a 13' 7wt spey rod. The 5wt has been cast in hopes of SRC from Ala, and the spey rod has had a Skagit line or a Scandi line on it with the dream of a coho or two keeping me going. Seriously considering a 7/8wt single hander with a shooting head for beach salmon, but it's kind of moot if they don't really show up before the season closes.
Anyways, I was out at Ft. Casey on Saturday morning, and despite fishing with maybe 2 dozen others along the beach in thick smoke and fog, vibes were really mellow. One guy on fly gear said he saw a fish chase his fly, a gear guy reported a jumper, and in 5 hours of fishing the flood tide, I saw exactly one coho hooked and brought to shore (on gear). It was a form of validation that there were other dudes out fishing, and another form of validation that there simply wasn't much or any meaningful catching going on.
The Scandi line was great for moving a dense medium sized pink and purple thing out to current seams, but stripping to the leader was definitely a PITA that I didn't do often with the shooting head and 2-hand rod. Occasionally, frustration with running line (no stripping basket) and current/surf conditions would result in a 'hulk smash' overhead/aerial cast, but when things were right, the line was awfully nice to cast. And, that overhead cast was kind of fun....if only the rod and line were easier to handle on the strip.