Using Spey rods and Switch rods on the Great Lakes

If you have missed the surge in popularity with the use of two handed rods, then you must be lost on some isolated trout stream. The use of Spey rods has changed the way many of us pursued migratory fish.

The development of modern rods and lines has made fishing migratory fish both easier and more efficient. The use of spey rods and switch rods has, in the Great Lakes, created a revolution in the way we are pursuing our Lake run fish.

For us, the use of both Spey rods and switch rods in our fishing is on an equal level of popularity. With traditional Spey rods we have the ability to make long cast efficiently and cover big sections of water. The switch rods allow us to fish smaller rivers and creeks more efficiently and precisely. For the Great Lakes fishermen, both styles of two handed rods have an important place in our toolbox.

I have traveled to the west coast to learn the techniques of the western steelhead fishermen. I have also traveled to the Gaspé Peninsula to learn the techniques of the Atlantic salmon fishermen. From this, over the years, I have developed both fly patterns and techniques to use for our unique Great Lakes fishing conditions.

When fishing the Great Lakes tributaries one must always keep in mind that conditions can and do change quickly. Over time, I have found that the Skagit and skating line are the most practical and can be quickly tailored for the given fishing conditions of that day. Also we must remember that most of our rivers are medium size or small rivers. The shorter driver head makes casting and covering the fishable water considerably easier. Spey rods are such an efficient casting tool that we have to keep this in mind when setting up rods. It is easy to over cast.

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