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David Sparks Ph.d Winter Fly fishing
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: December 13, 2017

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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t go fly fishing so I called Sportsmen’s Warehouse Sales Associate Keith McDowell for advice. “The rod lengths vary for your steel headers on styles. A lot of the guys now are going to spey rods which are 10 to 11+ feet. A lot of guys up here are swinging flies. We do get a few guys who drift the nymphs but big thing now is swinging flies on a spey rod. With a spey rod you can get away with a six or seven weight but your standard 9 foot fly rods, you’re going to want to run at least an eight weight. We just don’t have that length and backbone to them as you normally do with your spey rods. The big difference between your spey rod and regular fly rod are going to be overall length. Spey rods are in general one and 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet longer. They use a special line. They are a two-handed caster so it’s not like your regular fly rod. But with your spey rod on larger rivers you’re going to be able to shoot that line out there further.

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