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    Spey Course

    Just completed a one day Spey casting course- pretty damn informative. Learned four basic casts and more importantly how to analyze any problems and hopefully correct them. Now practice, practice..

    Mike
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    How's this coming?

    Orvis has introduced a new Clearwater spey rod series. I'm thinking I could chase smallies on the Kankakee (a very big river) that's about 90 minutes from Chicago.

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    Steven, I took the course then every damn river in Alberta flooded, so I never got to practice till Fall in BC. It took a few hours to get into the swing of things, but it is really not that difficult. It's a lot of fun and has its place, but I still prefer my single handed unless you're fishing big water with a lot of double hauls. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks. Not much available for a course here.
    The 12' 6" 6wt spey is wider than most of the creeks in the Driftless but would work well on the K3, I think.

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    I have much the same size rivers here. I took my lessons in Calgary on the Bow R. Lots of people fish the Bow with 5/6 wt spey or switch rods. You certainly can reach parts of the river that would be difficult with a single hander. You can learn the casts from videos, YouTube, etc., but lessons really help with the learning curve. I would think there would be something in the Chicago area for lessons, I took mine through a Calgary area Flyshop.

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    There's a very well-known Wisconsin guide/instructor named Bob Blumreich, who runs Silver Doctor Fly Fishing. He guides in the Driftless during trout season and then for salmon/steelhead on the Lake Michigan tribs. I've shot him an email about possible instruction come spring. I know in the past he's done a group thing on the Milwaukee River, but was thinking about an individual lesson.

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    All you would need is a couple of hours for the basics and you could figure out the rest fairly easily. We had 4 in our group and it was fine, one on one would be perfect. I tried to set up something for me and my buddy, but the guy who gave the course wasn't in town long enough to accommodate this..

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    One other thing, it is best not to buy any equipment till after the course as there is a lot of black magic in setups.. Hopefully the guy who gives lessons can supply the equipment..

    Mike
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    Good advice

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