Going back to the reel life...

I’ve been fishing tenkara and other fixed line methods almost exclusively for the past few years. I’ve reserved fly rod and reel fishing almost exclusively for warmwater fish like largemouth bass and carp. Unlike many tenkara acolytes, I don’t view it as a total replacement for all fly fishing needs. In fact, I’ve experienced the opposite: tenkara has reignited my passion for rod and reel fly fishing! One of the things that I always found frustrating in fly fishing was my inability to make those long “glory” casts. You know, those 100 foot casts with a super tight loop that lays out just perfectly. I spent way too much time trying to learn to cast far without thinking about presentation or approach.

Lately, I’ve discovered the ease of two-handed (aka Spey) casting. I now have a 6-weight switch rod set up with an OPST Commando head. While I’m far from being a spey casting master, I am casting farther than I ever did in the past with far less effort. And the mechanics of the spey cast have me thinking about the possibilities of water-loaded two hand casts with long keiryu and carp rods!

Walleye caught at Hillsdale Reservoir on Echo SR 6-weight switch rod, 300 grain OPST Commando Head, 12’ 96 grain “Run” sink tip and a size 4 brown Complex Twist Bugger.

Walleye caught at Hillsdale Reservoir on Echo SR 6-weight switch rod, 300 grain OPST Commando Head, 12’ 96 grain “Run” sink tip and a size 4 brown Complex Twist Bugger.