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truchin
03-15-2009, 08:30 AM
Dear Byron will there be anything regarding spey casting or tube fly tying?
thanks
jose

Byron Begley
03-15-2009, 08:25 PM
Hi Jose,

Rick Pope who owns Temple Fork will be there and I'm sure he has experience in Spey Casting. But, there is no planned Spey Casting special events. Lefty probably has experience in that method. Maybe we should do that in 2010. There are going to be a lot of people at Troutfest with varied skills.

Byron

buckeyetrouter
03-16-2009, 04:58 PM
Hey Byron.....I am going to be in town for the weekend of Troutfest. If anyone needs some lessons in tree branch casting I would be willing to help. I typically can catch a limb on 2 out of 3 casts :p(hope that doesn't sound to bragadoshish)(?spelling)....catching limbs is just something that comes natural to me so I'm sure I could help those who otherwise get thier fly in the water and miss the beautiful branches of the GSMNP.

Again, please don't take this as bragging, I'm just very confident in my abilities to get the fly into the trees. BTW, if anyone has any extra flies, I seem to be running low for some reason....:eek:

God Bless & Good Fishing
bob

BlueRaiderFan
03-22-2009, 12:44 PM
I'm doing a class on Fish Avoidance.

Byron Begley
03-23-2009, 07:20 PM
My class will give anglers good information on how to fall down or in without getting killed or hurt. I have vast experience on the subject. Been thinking about a book.

Byron

Treecatcher2
03-24-2009, 11:59 AM
I have similar skills but for this year I have started by casting while in the tree. It cuts down on the steps. Also due to economic conditions I have started to leave the flies off my line. I save money by not leaving flies in the trees and I catch almost as many fish!:biggrin:

ZachMatthews
04-06-2009, 01:26 PM
I'll be there, if people want to try to play around with some spey rods, but the best person in the southeast to talk to would be James Buice, who is the local rep for Scott and William Joseph (as well as others). James is a very accomplished spey caster who spends a lot of time each year steelhead fishing in British Columbia. I can say without reservation that he is the best spey caster in Georgia (out of about three of us. :) ).

Byron, if you haven't invited James up, you should ask him - I am sure as a rep he'd appreciate knowing it was happening at any rate.

Zach

Byron Begley
04-06-2009, 05:53 PM
Hi Zach,

James is invited and I'm fairly sure he is going to be here. I'll call him. He's a good guy and angler. He should have a booth for his product lines but I don't handle that so I don't know. I bet the lady at the top of this page can cast a spey rod. Thanks for your great photos. I look forward to seeing you both at Troutfest. I'm trying to arrange for a helicopter for you and the other press folks to get some photos from above at the event. I would do it but I would be shaking so much my pictures would be blured. Did you buy a D700 yet?

Byron

truchin
04-06-2009, 06:21 PM
Byron do you have any spey rods & reels /line at lro?
I'd like to give that a try.when i go i'll ask you to introduce this gents.
take care
jose

ZachMatthews
04-06-2009, 10:12 PM
Wow. Byron that would be pretty amazing. Hopefully we could get up there early in the morning if possible to get the light cutting across those peaks. One of the highlights of my life is the time I went up with a guy training for his hot air balloon pilot's license. (The FAA actually regulates those balloonists pretty thoroughly). We floated over Nashville; it was amazing.

I am going to give you a call tomorrow to ask about some of the details of the banquet, etc.

Thanks man,
Zach

PS In all seriousness, I am sure James would be willing to put on a spey casting demo if he was asked. And he's without question the best spey casting teacher you're going to find this far South. :)

Byron Begley
04-07-2009, 06:12 PM
I talked to James today. He is our rep for Scott Fly Rods, William Joseph, Cloudveil, Dr. Slick and other companies. He has been planning to come. He will donate $1,000 worth of merchandise including a Troutfest special edition Scott Fly Rod for our Auction and Banquet and get a large booth in the National Manufacturers tent. I asked him to bring spey rods and he will. He will be here for the banquet and the two day Exposition. You will like James.

Byron

PeteCz
04-07-2009, 06:46 PM
I bet the lady at the top of this page can cast a spey rod. Thanks for your great photos.

...What's the deal with that picture? Was she two handed casting downstream? I've wanted to ask for two years now, but no one else seems to think anything odd about the photo.

Is there a story in there somewhere?

ZachMatthews
04-09-2009, 09:26 AM
She's swinging a soft hackle; I caught her lowering the rod after an across-and-down cast. It's a very good technique with a switch rod (which is what Lauren's using). For wider rivers (which this really wasn't - we were playing around with the tackle), what you might do is set up a 'cast' of two or even three wet flies (either leave a lot of tag left on each eye knot or tie clinch knots to the bends of hooks to attach each subsequent fly). Throw a split shot in there at the top of the system. Then cast across the river, using either an overhead cast or a spey cast, and slowly swing the entire system downstream. You'll slay them in a caddis hatch. This is basically traditional Atlantic salmon fishing modified for trout conditions.

Best,
Zach

mlstiehl
04-11-2009, 11:28 AM
I heard from Ken that he will build three rods for the event.
Rods are normally sage rods.
The winner of the drawing can pick anyone of the 3 rods.
Will have 3 different lengths, to appeal to more folks. In the past most rods have been 7'6" rods. Thi year he is going to make a 7'6", 8" and a 9' rod. Only one winner and can only pick one rod.

Arctic Grayling
04-25-2009, 11:58 AM
She's swinging a soft hackle; I caught her lowering the rod after an across-and-down cast. It's a very good technique with a switch rod (which is what Lauren's using). For wider rivers (which this really wasn't - we were playing around with the tackle), what you might do is set up a 'cast' of two or even three wet flies (either leave a lot of tag left on each eye knot or tie clinch knots to the bends of hooks to attach each subsequent fly). Throw a split shot in there at the top of the system. Then cast across the river, using either an overhead cast or a spey cast, and slowly swing the entire system downstream. You'll slay them in a caddis hatch. This is basically traditional Atlantic salmon fishing modified for trout conditions.

Best,
Zach

That's interesting. I've fished a ten foot seven weight Winston BIIx for rainbow fishing for a couple of years, but not really as a spey rod. I added the eleven foot rod this winter. I want to learn some spey casts for that rod and use it to fish for coho in tight conditions.

James Buice
05-03-2009, 01:17 PM
I will have one or two spey rods on hand ;-) Zach has given me too much credit, I'm a hack at it, but should be able to practice and be able to get a 30' cast out by the time the fest rolls around. I'll have several lines from long bellies, Scandis, and skagit style heads to toss for those interested. I think Kent from TFO is bringing a few two handers as well.

As for swinging soft hackles, some guys are using 4wt speys over on the Caney some (from what I understand) to do just that. Pretty effective tool for swinging softies on the bigger tailwaters. Lots of line control.

truchin
05-03-2009, 05:58 PM
James i'm glad you'll be arround to teach us!!!i'll be there on saturday and will look for you so we can arrange some time/place to gather. Please bring a variety of rods so we can see what we should buy.
Thanks
jose