Sunday, February 8, 2009

Her Maiden Voyage


I was going to sleep in, but a new friend was whispering my name. I just purchased a Deer Creek 8wt 11’ switch rod. I rolled my eyes, and pulled myself up by my boot straps. Kissed the wife bye-bye and went to the river. This is the start of my journey I hope we all learn a few things from my experiences!


13 comments:

Dave said...

Forgive the naivete Tom, but 'fly fishing' is supposed to be all about finesse and timing; the rod and line are supposed to do the work. When you put 2 hands on the rod, that's a power move, not finesse. Maybe it's just because the rod's so damn big one hand can't control it??

gribble said...

Yes, when I was in Europe I saw ppl using two handed rods. They were fishing large rivers. I will be fishing large river with this rod, and that was the purpose of the purchase. Take care, and thanks for the input!

Anonymous said...

just getting into speyrodding-been flyfishing fresh and salt over 30 yrs.looking forward to your journey;flyfishing is just flyfishing.....mauro

gribble said...

Awwe the salt I have not been in a while but I love Maine and Strippas, and blues! Swinging a fly rod in the salt is my Church!

gribble said...

If there is a specific topic you would like for me to write about or look into we could do it together, and make this a great learning experience. This sport is about learning from each other and growing. Please, let me know.

bruce said...

Heh... used my 5wt last weekend with a WF S8wt. Going to try more line and a longer rod as well. Half the fun is figuring it out and later we will focus on fish. This seems kind of backwards but its still kind of cold out anyway. BTW just as intersted in local smaller rivers and unweighted flys... I really dont like clousers.

bruce

gribble said...

Bruce, thank you for the reply. When you say local rivers where are you referring too? There is some great fishing to be had with streamers that are not weighted for sure. There are days when I distaste clousers also...lol..

Brian Moffat said...

I am very interested in your experiences with the switch rod. I am just getting into the switch craze with an 11', 6wt. I was just wondering what type of casts are you using and what type of line are you using? I am planning on targeting smaller salmon and trout/steelhead. Gotta wait though as everything is still frozen solid here in the north.
Brian

gribble said...

Brian...welcome to my blog. Where from up north? I would almost say thats a Lake Onatrio Tribuatary your picture is from. I fish the SA Supra 550 Grain Skajit line with T-8, T-11. I'm just developing right now a good D loop so I can have a firm understanding of the basic cast move. I'll move onto a double spey next!

Brian said...

Hi Tom. I am from northern bc. that pic was taken on the kitimat river last spring( Skeena country). I have tried a SA shorthead spey multi-tip cut back 10 feet on my rod and it wasn't too bad but I couldn't fling out heavy tips and big flies very easily. I have just purchased a compact skagit 420 to try out and some lighter t-8 and t-11 tips. I don't like the 15 footers much so I am going to try 10'.
I mostly use the snap t style of casts or the double spey but for some reason i am struggling with the double. Gotta practice for but still too much snow and ice for that. I look forward to followwing your journey,
Brian

gribble said...

Well your at the other side of the Island I see .. lol..Woops! I have always wanted to get out that way! rule of thumb is the head and the belly should not be any longer than 3.5 time the length of you rod! The 15 footers will come in handy when overhead casting.

Brian Moffat said...

Hi Tom. I don't know if you have seen it or not but over on speypages in the techniques forum is a thread title "Mo' skagit". There is a cool video clip of a simple double spey. check it out if you haven't already.
Brian

gribble said...

Kool Thanks!