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Old 03-03-2006, 04:00 PM
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Just bought my first spey rod- Scott 11' 9" 6 ARC ( on ebay) for use on the Penobscot, Kennebec and anywhere else it will work. I have basically never cast these rods beyond lawn casting at a show. What's the best way to get started? Can I lawn or snow cast- what's the best video or book? I would like to be proficient enough to give it an early season try on some landlock rivers up here in the woods of Maine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:36 AM
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First, match it up with a line that suits the pursuits. In this case I would guess that you are looking for a floating line possibly with exchangeable sink tips. I don't know the grain range for that rod but you would either look it up on the Rio line chart (sponsor: www.rioproducts.com) or contact Scott rods directly (google).

Then I would suggest a few options -

- take private casting lessons from a certified instructor
- join a group class from a capable instructor
- study videos

in all cases practice, practice, practice.

In your area, Topher Browne is the key resource you might contact in Maine. He is a pro over at Bean's school. I am FFF certified and reside in the Boston area.

For video, I suggest Simon Gawesworth's new Spey video (3 dvd set). He suggests a few others on the DVD that you might consider, if necessary.

Once you get the basics there will be plenty for you to work on. I think your goal of working landlocks this spring is achievable and you should definitely go for it!
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:55 PM
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Thanks Juro- The Orvis website was selling their "Short Head" floaters for $19.99, so I bought a 6 and a 7. Probably match up with a Battnekill mid-arbor and start practicing. Our season opens April 1 and I am itching to get up to Grand Lake Stream and see what I can do at the dam pool with it. After two full seasons up here, I can see the utility of spey or two-handed as there are places we just can reach with conventional roads and the rivers are largely unwadeable in those spots. I went with the light rod as most of the fish I will be chasing will be 20" or less. Looks like you guys had a great time on Acklins, I got back from Eleuthera last week and I'm hooked. I actually didn't fish as much as I thought I would just because I was having so much fun cruising around the island. I'll be back there or somewhere in that neighborhood next year, no question. See you on Monomoy this summer maybe. I fish out there with a friend as much as I can. Black 19' Cape Codder.
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:29 PM
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I have that rod, and fish it with a 7wt. steelhead taper.
LL.Bean will be having a Spey demonstration @ their flyfishing fair (coming up, I forget when). I suspect that Topher Browne will be giving the demo, and he is very helpful. I would definitely consider taking a private lesson with either Juro or Topher. This will allow you to take full advantage of the begining of the season.
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:14 PM
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Thanks Eddie. I think that is this weekend, so I'll miss it. I need to get down to see Mike Holt and he'll "hook" me up.
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Hey titleguy -

Definitely let's hook up this season on Monomoy! Acklins is amazing. I will pick your brain on Eleuthera then.

As a side note, most rods that match up with the 7wt SA steelhead taper like the Rio 5/6 windcutter too and it comes with tips optionally.
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