ATTENTION: Spey Rod folks
I've been fly fishing off an on for a long time, but I just bought my first two-handed rod (used and cheap on eBay--I'm on a tight budget), a 8/9 LL Bean. I really don't need a 2-handed rod, but I've always loved the spey casting techniques, and I'm hoping to find more usage for it whenever/wherever possible. I live nowhere near salmon or steelhead waters, so all uses that I have planned for the rod are unusual, so I'd like whatever advice can be given to help with line selection and tactics. I like to fish from a float tube, both for bass and trout, and I'm hoping the extra length will make casting easier. I expect a standard floating 9-wt. shooting head with multiple sink tips to work fine for bass, but is it possible to rig up a leader system with a line this big for topwater trout? I have a lot of old floating trout lines, and I was thinking of making some looped sections to step down the line between head and leader: has anybody done this, and what should I plan around? I know it's obviously not designed for presenting midges in a stillwater situation, but if I'm fishing streamers from a float tube and fish start rising, what could I do to be at least a bit more stealthy?
FWIW, I teach overseas, and I'm hoping to talk my wife into a trip to Kamchatka, so maybe I can use this rod for what it's designed to do ... or at least that's what I dreamed about when I put in the bid.
Question by Jan J. Mudder. Uploaded on April 27, 2012