4 thoughts on “Home of Salmon Fishing – The River Spey

  1. Very nice. You don’t see many fishers who can Spey Cast very well with an old, fully taped-up spliced cane two-hander these days. I blame it on SAGE, you know … as soon as the firm produced its first, early, Graphite II 15-footer in the mid-late 1980s, all my old cane (three of them) and later glass rods (five of them) were either sold to a misty-eyed Collector Type or went into the garden to support tomatoes ….

    1. Hello Paul!

      It has been a long time since the Rio Grande 🙂 I know this post is a little out of context but I hope life has treated you well. My youngest son is keen to start fishing – any recommendations for a starter rod pls?

      Your ever intrepid photographer, and translator…

  2. PS – If memory serves, that early SAGE two-hander might have been a 14-footer. Whatever length it was, it might just be still be on the Rio Gallegos in southern Patagonia where I left it with a friend who, along with another Argentine fisher, used to arrange Mel Krieger’s Argentine Introduction To Flycasting days for till-then meathead spinfishers and snaggers all over Argentina. My friend, a superb, self-taught single-handed caster who even Mel thought exceptional, had seen me flailing away and even catching with a two-hander on the semi-hurricane days of wind that you sometimes get on the Gallegos (and on the Rio Grande on The Island further south – make that all of The Far South), days of ripped off and flying to the horizon fishing-vehicle doors and a river running in high foam-flecked waves, days when flyfishing is almost impossible, especially with a single-hander. That 14-footer, I am now inclined to think it was, made the impossible just about possible, if not actually particularly enjoyable.

    Boote out.

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