Trout Spey and Switch Rods
My favorite trout rod is a Trout Spey
When it comes to finding Trout Spey and Switch rod gear in North Georgia, you will be hard pressed to find a shop that even speaks the language or has a basic knowledge-base of the subject. What's the solution to purchase Trout Spey and Switch products?
As a man once said: "Go West, young man, go West!"
The States of Washington and Oregon do not charge sales tax on Internet sales. Nor do most Washington and Oregon fly fishing suppliers charge shipping over a certain dollar amount. This is great news for the North Georgia enthusiast taking up fly fishing "Spey-Style". Since local shops either do not carry, or hardly carry, any products that support this aspect of the sport of fly fishing, my recommendation is to turn to some of the very best shops in the U.S. that "Speak Spey".
Prior to going whole hog into buying a Trout Spey or Switch rod outfit, first consider taking some Spey casting instruction for this style of fishing. Additional guidance about rod choices, reels, lines, and actual fishing applications will be provided as part of the instruction session.
North GA Rainbow caught on the swing.
Location: Soque River in early February.
Rod: Redington #3 Trout Spey, 11’-3".
Used the same rod to fish both dry flies and nymphs that same day.
Air Temp: In the 50’s
The day overall...
Approximately 30 fish hooked on dries, nymphs, and streamers; Not all landed. Primarily fished size 18 flies with the #3 Trout Spey rod. Thought that I’d test a new streamer pattern of mine late in the day. Three grabs in under 15 minutes! Not bad for a new fly pattern.
Consider learning how to use a Trout Spey rod and then book a guided trip.
Fly Shops that really know the Two Handed (Spey) World
Three of the best Western-based fly shops are listed below:
The Fly Fishing Shop
Owner: Marc Bachman
Marc is also the primary organizer of the annual Sandy Creek Spey Clave which is the largest gathering of Spey (Two-Handed) enthusiast's and industry suppliers in the nation. There are two other large Spey Claves held in the U.S. but this is the Grand Daddy (usually held in the month of May).
John & Amy Hazel, Owners
The Deschutes Angler and the Deschutes River are legendary. John Hazel, single handily, introduced fly fishing with a Two Handed Rod in the United States long before anyone in the U.S. knew anything about Spey Casting. Amy Hazel is also in a class all by herself. They run guided Steelhead trips on the Deschutes as well as 3-day Spey Camps on the river where you can learn from the very best in the industry. When it comes to fishing the Deschutes and their Steelhead, no one knows more about the subject. Like all other shops in Oregon, they do not charge any sales tax. The folks at Deschutes Angler are wonderful to work with either in person or on the phone and can answer any question that you throw at them. Experts in their field!
Gorge Fly Shop
Hood River, OR
Owner: Travis Duddles
Celebrating over 25 years of business, Gorge Fly Shop is a full service company dedicated to providing the best customer service possible. Located in the small town of Hood River, in the heart of Oregon and Washington's Columbia River Gorge.