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    Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Whos done it and howd it work out for. Thinkin about picking one up for stripers this year. I have some experience with the two hander, jus want to know how it works for you guys. Thanks, and spring is comin

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Go see Jim Freda seminar at the Somerset show. I went last year. He is a master surf caster with a Spey rod.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    If you want to spend the bucks, pick up Rich Murphy's book on striped bass fishing. As far as I know, many spey casters use overhead cast in the surf. But on Youtube, I saw of a video of an angler explaining how he sets up an anchor in the surf. He does in on a few inches of water.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Striper fishing is very much well worth it. Beats the hell outa trout fishing. There are lots of places to hit these fish and ways around the crowds for sure. I woudlnt say you need a switch rod but they do help. I have used my 10 ft rod before on the surf and it does fine and then I didnt need to buy another rod for steelhead.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    I almost never use a Spey cast with my two hander in the surf, but nearly always use a two-hand cast. Simply flop your shooting head out beyond the rod tip, lay your running line in your stripping basket, and make one false back cast with the head and fire the rod forward, shooting out the running line. Traditional spey casts in complex moving water along the beach is difficult at best although it can be done. Most of us using two handers do the simple two-handed cast as I described. You should easily be able to shoot out at least 140' - 180' of line with a two hand rod using a two hand cast.

    The guy you want to talk to is Andrew Moy from Tightlines Fly Shop. He was casting these and teaching spey and two hand casting before Jim Freda saw his first fly rod caught striper. Jim's claim to fame is not fly fishing, no offense to Jim. He's a boat captain and a good one. Nobody in NJ is as hooked into two handed surf fishing with a fly rod as Andrew.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    I almost never use a Spey cast with my two hander in the surf, but nearly always use a two-hand cast. Simply flop your shooting head out beyond the rod tip, lay your running line in your stripping basket, and make one false back cast with the head and fire the rod forward, shooting out the running line. Traditional spey casts in complex moving water along the beach is difficult at best although it can be done. Most of us using two handers do the simple two-handed cast as I described. You should easily be able to shoot out at least 140' - 180' of line with a two hand rod using a two hand cast.

    The guy you want to talk to is Andrew Moy from Tightlines Fly Shop. He was casting these and teaching spey and two hand casting before Jim Freda saw his first fly rod caught striper. Jim's claim to fame is not fly fishing, no offense to Jim. He's a boat captain and a good one. Nobody in NJ is as hooked into two handed surf fishing with a fly rod as Andrew.
    Rusty, you and I spent a day fishing the surf on Sandy Hook, and you taught me everything I know about surf casting.

    Still haven't caught a fish...

    But thanks!


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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by Everybody's Friend View Post
    Rusty, you and I spent a day fishing the surf on Sandy Hook, and you taught me everything I know about surf casting.

    Still haven't caught a fish...


    But thanks!
    So you finally admit it.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Do you boobs really need to fly fish in the surf?

    Hell no and it aint over now.......

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouser Trout View Post
    Do you boobs really need to fly fish in the surf?
    Nothing like the tug of a large striper, the line-ripping of a False Albacore or the jumping of a nice blue on a fly rod! I have yet to leave even the finest trout water on my best day with a sore arm, but that happens with some regularity when you get into saltwater fly fishing. Especially if you hit some blitzes. And it's a good sore and one that only a cold beer or three can cure.

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