Has anyone used spey tactics, whether it be flies on single handed rods or small spey rods and flies to target landlocks on Lake Champlain Tribs? I have done a small amount with some success. Just wondering and curious for some input on sink tips, flies ect? Thanks
11-08-2004, 04:03 PM
No spey techniques for me so far, but I'd be interested in swapping info with another Champlain fisher. I am on the VT side. How has your fall been?
I've used Spey casts to cover small LLS streams in New England with success. Mostly using floating lines, but any line can be converted into a sinktip for swinging flies by replacing approx 15' of the front taper with a (roughly) matching section of hi-density flyline -or- use a polyleader but be aware that heavy things after the fine floating tippet are not great for casting.
Any singlehand rod can spey cast well with practice, but for medium / large rivers one of the newer 5/6wt spey rods is the ticket.
Good flies approximate smelt in this area, for salmon go with attractors or imitate the forage species IMHO.
hit one of the New York side streams on Champlain this weekend, water temp dropped 8 degrees in one week due to snow falls in the high peaks, turned the fish off I guess because I got no hits. Tried a 9 1/2 foot six weight with all sorts of flies from Mickey Finns to traditional spey flies to egg patterns