How to Choose Your First Spey Rod – by Jeff Putnam

Choosing the correct spey rod

One of the most common questions that my clients ask me is, what weight spey rod should I get to get started?  Since a spey rod outfit is not cheap, a little understanding of the lines used will prevent you from having to purchase that second outfit because the first was unable to cast the fly you were using or wanted to use. Continue reading

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RIO In Action – Deschutes River

Deschutes River Steelhead Camp From the moment the jet boat backed away from the ramp at Mack’s I had an ear to ear grin on my face. Looking around we were engulfed by massive glowing canyon walls as we buzzed downstream, flying by so many great pieces of swing water. I felt myself slip into the dream that would be steelhead camp for the next few nights. Continue reading

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Getting “in touch” at the Skeena River Lodge – by Pete Humphreys

Skeena River Steelhead

It’s a giant leap of faith to pay the $’s, and fly 3,000 miles from Michigan in the hopes that rivers will be in shape and the fish with be running, especially when it comes to the steelhead rivers of British Columbia. This year we had the typical highs and lows that come with most pilgrimages to fish steelhead out west. Continue reading

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3 Things that Will Help Better Your Streamer Game – by Chad Johnson

big brown

In this article we are going to try to get our streamer fishing a step beyond the cast; which seems to be where we get hung up. I say this is for all you fly heads out there that have gone streamer crazy these last few years. Continue reading

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Two-Handed Trout Anglers Get the Skagit Trout Max from RIO Products

RIO_SkagitTroutMax_Card_LiveTypeIDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (October 1, 2015) – As fall rolls around, there is no better time to swing two-handed rods for trout, and now that many fly rod manufacturers are designing these rods, anglers need a line designed specifically for this purpose; enter RIO Product’s new Skagit Trout Max. RIO is continually designing fly lines built for specific fly fishing scenarios, and this new line is no exception. Continue reading

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Trout Spey Lines Defined – by George Cook

trout spey 2Trout Spey….Micro Spey…”Small Ball” has indeed arrived !  The Spey Angling enthusiast of today has limitless opportunity, be it Trout, Sea Run Cutthroat, Smallmouth Bass, even the various Shad species of both coast. Trout Spey tackle which spans from the 4 and 5 weight Switch Rod Theater down thru the 2 and 3 weight true Trout Spey rods set the stage for some mighty interesting angling adventures. In these pursuits like its bigger cousin Spey Rods, lines are aplenty and with it, a given (expected) level of confusion as to just what is “best”. The line “Conundrum” is our subject today , so take 5 and unspool the mystery as we DEFINE today’s Trout Spey Lines, their selection and use. Continue reading

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