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Epic DH13 Two Handed Spey Rod Review 0

Spey rod reviewI’m going to go straight into it, best and funnest rod I’ve ever cast! Usually spey rods these days are geared up for the ever increasing popularity of shooting heads, not a bad thing by any means, but throw in some marketing regarding their versatility with all lines, then there’s usually a wolf at the door. The Epic was truly progressive / responsive. This rod threw effortless tight loops, and accurately placed casts, even at 130 ft. thanks to the quick tip recovery! Even lazy casts, dead straight!

More Pie - tips for fly casting weight 2

Fly Casting TipsCasting heavy bead-head nymphs and big cone-head streamers brings a unique set of casting challenges that can not only be frustrating, they can break rods, hook ears and cause plenty of tangles and knots. Here are a few simple pointers to help avoid busted rods, damaged pride and the inevitable macramé that results from these heavy weight tangles. 

Get a Grip. Fly casting grips part III - Finger on top grip 2

Finger on top fly casting gripChristian Stixner,  a good mate of mine from Germany (and expert Cane rod builder) favours this grip, not only is he one of the smoothest casters I've seen he can most certainly punch out a very long line using this grip

Get a Grip - Fly Casting Styles - Pt II the Key Grip 3

Fly Casting Grips - the V gripImagine you are holding a set of keys and about to unlock your front door - that’s pretty much it. Knuckles facing up and out, palm down, heel of the thumb down on the grip. You'll form a nice V between your thumb and forefinger.

Get a grip - Fly casting grip styles 8

Fly casting grip styles Carl McNeil

Most fly casters are pretty well focused on improving their fly cast, but few of us give much thought to how we actually grip a fly rod.

Over the next few posts we’ll take a look at the three most commonly used grips and their pro’s and con’s - no particular grip is right or wrong, but each does have some influence on how you move a fly rod and deliver a line.

Making the most of it - 15 Spey casting tips from April Vokey. 9

Spey Casting tips from April Vokey15 tips and common errors that I see regularly on both winter and summer-run steelhead trips. Of course some of these are not always errors — some are occasionally sound techniques — but nonetheless here are some personal observations that I hope will be worthwhile.