Go Slow Mo Fo

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By Jeff Hickman Ask any Spey casting coach or steelhead guide what they find themselves saying most often during the day and most likely it's the words, "slow down". I have often joked about just getting a tape recorder to say it for me on repeat. But...

Sunday Classic / Anchor Placement When Space Is Tight

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You could write a book about anchor placement in Spey casting. In fact, I feel sure several have been written. Rightfully so, since anchor placement is the foundation on which a good Spey cast is built. For those who are not aware, the anchor is where...

Sunday Classic / Working a Steelhead

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I had the opportunity to watch my friend Jeff Hickman work a shy Steelhead the other day and his effort was exemplary. Swinging flies for winter steelhead is a game of numbers, very small numbers. It's a given when chasing winter fish that there may be...

Sunday Classic / The Fish Gods and The Temple of Swing

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A STEELHEAD IS CAUGHT ONE WAY AND ONE WAY ONLY, ON THE SWING! The temperature of the room is getting kind of warm. The fishing banter takes on a surly tone when one of the guys mentions bobber fishing. This is steelheader slang for nymphing under...

Speyitis

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By Jeff Hickman THE MOST COMMON FISHING PROBLEM I SEE AMONG SPEY FISHERS WHO CAN CAST WELL IS OVER CASTING. I refer to this plague as Speyitis. Just because you can cast all the way across the river doesn't mean that you should all the time. I...