The SA Skagit Extreme Intermediate, Better Casts, Better Swings, More Fish

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In the end it all comes down to this. A better head means more fish. I had the opportunity to try out the Scientific Anglers Skagit Extreme Intermediate head while fishing the Deschutes river this September. It didn't take long for me to fall in love....

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...

Spey Casting Diagnostics Checklist

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By Jeff Hickman SPEY CASTING IS A PROCESS REQUIRING SEVERAL STEPS TO BE FULLY COMPLETED IN A SEQUENCE. To effectively and consistently make good spey casts you need to focus on these steps, especially when learning. But even veteran and advanced two-handed casters also need to focus...

Making the Switch to Two-Handed Casting

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THE UNION IS DIVIDED, BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER. Not since the rivalry of cats vs. dogs has there been a break like the one between two-handed and single-handed casters. Much of it stems from some practical issues of sharing the water but there's more to the story....