Monday, January 30, 2012

"King Of Spey Rods" By, Mr. Doug Macnair

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“The King Of Spey”
(Big Water)

A lot of water has passed over the dam since I last communicated my thoughts to do with the gentle art. The fact is, I’ve been sick; when you’re sick, testing rods, reels, and/or lines is sometimes darned hard to do. However, you can do as I did and gather together a bunch of periodicals and read what the experts have to say about the latest hi-tech gear to enter the marketplace.

It was while I was ill that John Kuehn of the Angler’s Roost began telling me tales of his latest acquisition – a 14-foot spey rod. As we talked, one thing became very evident – he was excited about the prospects for his new product. A few days later, John called again even more excited’ He said, “Guess what, one of the rods that’s out West sent a line sailing somewhere over 150-feet.” Now, 150-feet is a long way and easily worthy of attention among fly fishing advocates of the spey rod and “Big Water!”

I decided to review what I had previously had to say on the earlier arrival of the two-handed spey rod to North America and decided that a couple of comments were worth repeating. “It strikes me that in a relatively short period of time, fly fishing with a two-handed rod has gained a tremendous amount of attention and popularity, especially with fly fishers who chase steelhead and salmon. Just think, a few short years ago, the majority of these fly fishers were still tossing flies with a single hand. In fact, the growth has been so swift that the classic Spey rod – the traditional two-hander – has already given birth to derivatives such as the ‘switch rod’ and the ‘Skagit rod.’”

“Equally surprising is the price man manufacturers are asking for these two-handed graphite sticks crafted from various powders, resin and scrim. I’m beginning to think that something in the range of 500 bucks must be a bargain, since the really good rods – according to the manufacturer – cost $700 or more.” That’s a lot of money and not necessarily true.

“Up until now, I have tried to ignore the clamor about spey casting and two-handed rods. Old age and another round of cancer had convinced me to rest on my laurels as a one-handed caster’ that is, until John Kuehn again came along and asked me if I would evaluate a sample of his new Spey rod. I guess you could say John re-ignited my interest in fly fishing. (I am so glad he did – when you lose interest in things you love, you die)”

“And, what a fun trip this has been... If nothing else, it proves old dogs can learn new tricks. Spey casting is fun, easy, graceful, and, believe it or not, allows for the transfer of many things you already know. One thing is certain, if I can learn the spey cast, you can, too...”

Under his eBay banner of Angler’s Roost Enterprises, John offered four Spey models:
12-Ft., 3-piece, 7/8 weight.
12-Ft., 4-piece, 5/6 weight.
12 1/2 Ft., 4-piece, 9/10 weight.
13-Ft., 4-piece, 7/8 weight.

All of these rods were and are fabricated from IM-6 graphite with reinforcing scrim in the deep self-seating ferrules. These rods feature accouterments usually reserved for the top rods of the competitive lines: high quality Portuguese cork grips, modern lightweight titanium anodized aluminum reel seats, stainless steel single-foot guides, tip-top and folding line keeper. The deep mahogany finish, with matching dark wraps, made these rods especially attractive.

However, what proved to be the most amazing attraction in today’s world was then (and now) the very reasonable cost and the outstanding performance given by these rods.

With this backround, John has brought another outstanding rod to the spey rod community – a rod that consistently gets rave reviews from all who toss a fly a “country mile” using the magic of spey casting. And yes, it is the rod that started this article. After gathering facts, comments, and tidbits from the folks who have spent years longer than I have on the major rivers of North America, I decided Johns Kuehn’s new 14-foot IM-8 Spey Rod deserves the name, The King Of Spey!

And, why not? The young King Of Spey is acclaimed by those he serves well and faithfully and has but few detractors. As the word spreads regarding his deeds in countering the deceit and cunning of Friend Fish, his army of followers grows. Indeed, the King Of Spey may well be your answer for a new-perfect long-range rod.

Remember the earlier mention of a rod out West and 150-foot casts? If you do, there is a bit more to the story. While pursing contacts for more info, I ran into a gentleman I wish I had run into years ago. His name is Stephen Godshall, the owner of a small company called Spey Works located in Medford, Oregon. I’ve concluded that Steve knows more about spey rods, spey casting, and spey lines, (down to the finest detail) than anyone else I know. He has to – Steve makes a living building custom spey lines specifically designed in weight and taper to perform on your rod. Thus, he needs to know not only the specifications of the popular commercials rods of today but how a specific rod feels and how a line performs in the hands during the cast. Only then can he design and build a line for your spey rod, and do it for the most reasonable cost.

Little wonder that when Steve wandered down to the banks of the Rogue to try John’s new 14-footer, he had with him a small group of fans and clients to whiteness the outcome. You guessed it right; the 15-foot cast came from this little venture. But Steve added, “Doug, the best cast had to have been 175-feet or more- the fly simply disappeared into the bushes on the other side.”

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At this point I mentioned to Steve that I was having trouble casting the rod that in the near-future I would nickname the King Of Spey. Steve’s reply was quick; Doug, you’ve got the wrong line – I’ll get one in the mail today that is matched to the characteristics of John’s new rod.” He did just that. The line arrived. I rigged it, cast it, and stood there flabbergasted. The rod that recently felt uncomfortable in my hands suddenly came alive when the cast was made with Steve’s line.

1. My thanks for the use of this photo go to The Rogue Web, Medford, OR. (The Rogue River, as some of you may not know, is big water and, therefore, an ideal setting for using the spey rod.)
2. My thanks for the use of the wonderful photos of the spey cast to Steve and his friends and associates.

For you folks that may have followed my writings know that for over twenty years I have argued that the most important part of the fly fishing system is the fly line; more important than the rod, the reel, of for that matter, how much you paid for either one. In over twenty years, nothing has come up to change my mind.

Obviously, Steve thinks a great deal of John’s new rod. He remarked, “You know there are a bunch of rods being brought into the States that look cosmetically very much the same as John’s rods. But that’s where the similarities end. They do not make the cast like John’s rods, regardless of the line used.”

“Why"?” I asked. “We all have our words, Doug – mine happens to be focused on the single word, efficiency. John’s spey rods are more efficient during the cast and that degree of efficiency gives the line the ability to soar with the eagles. It is a ball to watch.”

I learned a lot more from Steve than space permits here. Suffice to say, if you want expert help in perfecting your cast, remember that importance of the fly line. Drop Steve Godshall a note:

2890 Farmington Ave.
Medford, OR. 97504
Phone: 541-840-2594 Fax: 541-774-8812

I will offer my opinion on what I consider to be the finest inexpensive Spey Rods in the world. The King is a fine rod that offers far more in service and value to its owner than the money the owner paid... Available in 3 models, a 5-6, 7-8, and'/or the 9-10, will more than suit your “big” waters and your cast.

By the way, any long-range spey rod needs a reel to feed it line. I am very pleased to report that John has introduced a new line of reels. From my experience so far, they are my favorites of almost and fly reel on the market regardless of price. John refers to the group of five as the 200 Series. The smallest of the group, the 200, is perfect for light fly rods; the remaining three are sized upward and feature sealed bearings and one of the smoothest drags I’ve had the pleasure to play with. I must say, even Jaws will shake his head. It follows that the entire series is fabricated from bar stock aluminum. And just wait until you see the price! Unfortunately, there will be those who say, “Any reel at this price has to be junk.” (Regrettably, this is the sort of “foot in mouth” disease that reminds me of the old parable about casting pearls before swine.)

If performance means a lot to you, and not necessarily the axiom, “the more you pay, the more you get,” by all means contact John Kuehn. Give him a call at 716-565-9838 or email him at Better yet, visit his website

End Notes:
I confess to all, the secret to a graphite fly rod is to be found in the rod maker’s mind when he or she brings together a concept of the taper, wall thickness, and length. And then adds the graphite powder, rosin, and scrim that when mixed make the thing a rod, after being wrapped around a mandrel... and baked in an oven. Regrettable, many rod builders would have you believe there is a methods to their madness. Perhaps...

Copyright Doug G. Macnair, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Furled Steelhead Leaders

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spey Furled Leaders Now Available For 2011!

October 5, 2011

"Spey Furled Leaders For Fly Fishing"

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Cutthroat Leader Co. of Meridian Idaho has just launched a brand new line of Spey Leaders. We interviewed Mike Morin, Owner of Cutthroat Leader Co. about this new announcement by his company. When asked, "What makes your Spey Leaders better than your competitors?" Mike smiles and says "In the past 10 years of furling leaders this new product line has me most excited. First of all I still enjoy furling leaders one by one. This new Cutthroat Spey Leader line are the longest leaders we have ever produced. If you have ever had an opportunity to cast one of our ultimate dry fly leaders you understand how delicate of a presentation is acheived do to the lack of memory in the leader. Our new Spey Leader has the same great performace but the length and strength is increased while not sacrificing any of this performace we are known for in our other furled leaders lines. After numerious tweaks to the development process we have now forumulated a leader recipe that we feel changes the game. Other industry professionals have been impressed. While on the Boise river during a demo session with our new line I had the opportunity to watch Michael Bantam of Dreamcast Idaho shoot line all the way down the river while spey casting our new spey leader line. Our new line of leaders had him smiling and quite impressed. According to Mr. Bantam our spey leader presented a fly like no other leader he had ever fished in the past 30 years. This was quite a compliment and I knew we were on to something. We made slight changes to the taper and length and are now producing our first line of Spey Furled Leaders." You can contact Mike Morin for additional information at his website located at Fine Furled Fly Fishing Leaders By Cutthroat Leader Co. :

CutThroat Leaders recommend the following leader lengths for various spey/switch rods.

9'-0” Leader for 10' thru 12' rods
10’-0” Leader for 12' thru 13'6" rods
11'-6" for 14' thru 15' rods

5/6 wt leaders have a breaking strength of 8-10lbs
7/8 wt leaders have a breaking strength of 14-16 Lbs.
9/10 wt leaders have a btreaking strength of 16-18 Lbs.

Tippet ends are either Shorb Loop or Tippet ring.
More energy for better turnover. Your fly is “tight-line fishing” immediately after the cast. Extremely durable, out last the typical poly leader. Woven in stretch, provide amazing over-strike protection.

Our 10-0” & 11’-6” Spey Leaders offer unparraled enegy transfer from rod to fly. Unlike tapered leaders made from monofiliment or nylon, every bit of energy from the cast actaully travels through the furled leader, your casting and presentation WILL improve.

The Dry Fly / Skating leader will allow you to drop a fly onto the water with a fully extended fly line/ leader/ tippet. This means you are tight line fishing immediately. We recommend that you apply your favorite paste type floatant to the upper third (butt section) of the leader. This gives you just the right amount of stick needed for swinging wet flys as well as droping large skating flys as desired. These leaders are very durable and and can last and entire season.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lake Float Tube Fly Fishing With A Furled Leader!

Lake Fly Fishing Out Of A Float Tube is improved with the use of a Furled Leader. After interviewing various float tube fly fisherman many of them had never heard of the use of a furled leader while depth fishing in a lake or resevoir. Many just use a typical mono leader with a full sink fly fishing line. The issue lies in that the typical mono leader carries memory and can coil when being trolled behind a float tube. This mono type leader is what most lake float tube fisherman utilize. Now with the advancement of modern technology and combined with a timeless traditional furling technique used by master fly fisherman around the world for centuries you have the introduction to a sinking Furled Thread Leader.

For the most accurate true drift furled leader there is none better than a thread leader. When trolling at depth the leader will present the fly unlike any mono leader on the market. An exact and steady sink rate can be acheived and since these leaders have a built in tippet ring (notice picture to leaft) it also makes for simple tippet changes. Many lake fly fisherman use a 24 inch or a 36 inch standard mono leader with their rigging. With a typical tippet length of 7ft. to 8ft. for best performance. Note for the very best performance possible veteran's stillwater fly fisherman fish with a long tippet, short leader and a overall steady sink rate of 3.5 inches per second with the entire rig. The best option for trout fishing out of a float tube is to run the Cutthroat Leaders 24 inch Nymphing Thread Furled Leaders. Click Here To SHOP

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October 2, 2011

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Nets – Deep Bag & Catch/Release
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