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Making the most of it - 15 Spey casting tips from April Vokey. 7

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.

Tips on Skagit Tips - Spey casting tips from April Vokey 2

Rio MOW Tips Spey Casting TipsThe first Spey line that I ever purchased came packaged in a box as thick as an encyclopedia.

Like a book cover designed to culminate my curiosity, the word ‘Spey’ prominently highlighted the box’s crisp edge and sold me on the promise of its contents. Encyclopaedic was not far off from what I held in my hands.

Rich with knowledge and the possibility of growth, the comparisons were evident — the difference being that with an encyclopedia I had an idea of where to start.

Tips for Top Fly Fishing from a New Zealand Guide 1

Fly Fishing tips for New ZealandIt has been quite noticeable over 25 years of guiding that fly fishers rarely practice their casting techniques from one year to the next, often leaving any practice to only when they fish. Fortunately, I am heartened to say, that is gradually changing among many of my clients. Practice can clearly reduce frustration “in the field” and undoubtedly increases success and hence personal satisfaction.

Like a Good Scotch, Be Smooth. 5 Tips to Improve Your Fly Casting. 2

Fly Casting VideoBecoming a good fly caster is a little like being a proficient musician, it takes time, practice and some knowledge of the theory behind it all. Here are 5 simple tips that will help improve your fly casting.

Floating fly lines vs sinking fly lines - The AFFTA system for rating fly line weights 0

The AFFTA fly Line Standard Floating fly liens vs sinking fly linesWhich weighs more, a floating fly line or a sinking line? It may surprise you to know that they both weigh the same - at 30 feet anyway. Or at least they should.
For example, under the AFFTA system for rating fly lines a 5 weight fly line is a 5wt regardless of whether it is a floater, a sinking fly line or an intermediate.

Fly Cast Friday - Fly Casting in the wind - the three L's 0

Fly casting dealign with the wind casts that catch fish Carl McNeil

I get a lot of anglers and customers asking about our fly rods and casting in windy conditions. The short answer is that battling the wind has more to do with technique and skill than the type or action of the fly rod being used. 

Understanding how to deal with the wind is one if the most valuable skills a fly angler can learn. Getting comfortable casting in windy conditions will not only afford more success on the water it will open up a lot more fishing opportunities whether they be on the river or out on the flats.
Keep the three L's in mind: