The Sound of Silence….. or really quiet any way

A crisp cast coming cleanly off the water with as little noise as possible.

A crisp cast coming cleanly off the water with as little noise as possible.

I sometimes teach a bit of Spey casting technique, sometimes. I watch a lot of Spey casting. I also hear a lot of spey casting. The sounds produced by spey casts can and often tell me what the problem or casting situation might be. On the other hand a well performed cast makes the sweetest sounds of all.

The truth is most Spey casters are visual learners. I said MOST casters. I can say throughout my progressive and continued journey and education in the art of casting, that as I became more attuned with my other senses I learned more about the process of Spey casting. Simply by the sounds produced or not produced, can give insight into speed, tempo, power application, dips, and stops. Seems like a lot, well it is. Josh Lynn a friend of mine described the sounds of  casting in a way that the noises produced by casting should not effect the harmony of nature. Meaning if you can hear your casts over the sounds of the river (John Day excluded), the birds or the wind on some occasions, something’s not right.

Now I am going to do my best at to give a list of the noises made during casting and the reasons for the produced sounds…again doing my best, lol

One of my favorite photos showing the even removal of the skagit line from the water.

One of my favorite photos showing the even removal of the skagit line from the water.

In the lift and set up sound of a nice kiss a “mwah” as the line breaks the water in the setup of any cast is the sound we are looking for. a loud “GUP” is what i often hear when the line and fly are not under control or excessive power is used to early in the lift.

A loud “Whistle” in any aerialized  part of the cast means….,you have no fly. Better take a peek at the end of the line.

The samurai sound of “WHHHHIITHHH WHHHHITHH”The rod slicing through the air in a rhythmic but quick fashion, but never letting the line touch the water to anchor. The rod never really loads well, at the sametime I hot have seen some interesting casts performed in the manner, and every now and again a good one, lol

A slapping sound of “WHAck” the running line smacking the rod and coming tight to the reel with so much force that the line tends to recoil back toward the caster.

A slurping sound like “QUUUUUUUCKKKK”! is the unmistakable sound of way too much anchor.

The unmistakeable whipping of the line, due to to much accelerated speed will result in a thunderous “CRACK” and possibly the removal of your fly.

A weak crashing or puddling of the fly line in the forward cast can have a few meaning the sound ends up the same with a series of “Plop..plop..plop.plop.plop.pppppllllop”. This sounds is affiliated with the fact there was no based for the cast to load off of. Either you blew your anchor and the forward timing was WAY off or your anchor was so long it effected the trajectory of the line so that all the power was used getting the line off the water and  none left over to propel the line anywhere.

An over loud whisper “Wheech” is the soft but ever present sound made by a cast performed in the manner of proper power application and timing. The best sound a caster can hope to hear,….well maybe an old Hardy reel screaming against the pull of a good fish!

A loaded rod with smooth but deliberate power applied makes for quiet and powerful casts!!

A loaded rod with smooth but deliberate power applied makes for quiet and powerful casts!!

These are a few of the more common noises I get to hear in a day at work. I know some of you will relate to some of them. The great historian Herodotus quoted that “Men trust their ears less than their eyes”. In today’s world this was never more true. If the same sounds is made the same technique is being applied. A gregarious Scotsman once told me “Son a Spey cast should sound like the barely whispered sigh of a satisfied woman, if it makes more noise then that you used too much FN power!” As inappropriate as it sounds he in an odd way is correct. The whisper is what we are all after. Hope this helps some of you.

Classic Winter Steelhead!!! Are you ready??

Classic Winter Steelhead!!! Are you ready??

On another note winter trips are filling fast, so shot me those dates boys and girls so we can get you on the water this up coming Winter Steelhead season.

Been too long, but a lot has happened.

Sometimes they can be big!!

Sometimes they can be big!!

Well I have little excuse for the long space between posts and it wont happen like this again. To start I will say the winter season was awesome for the best winter i have ever had. Thanks to all who floated and fished will myself and Caleb. We hope to make next year better for the winter and spring with AWA’s purchase of a jet boat we will be expanding our river reach and will be able to have more available days on the water. So if you missed out this year we will be ready for you, Just lets us know.

getting the job done in tough conditions at times, stay focused through the entired day.

getting the job done in tough conditions at times, stay focused through the entire day.

Wet days can be the best days!

Wet days can be the best days!

New patterns for MFC next year, all need to be field tested.

New patterns for MFC next year, all need to be field tested.

 

Trout fishing is getting better by the day and dry fly action is not far away.

Trout fishing is getting better by the day and dry fly action is not far away.

Trout season is just starting to get going and if you have not booked you salmon fly dates you had better soon er then later. We have had some good days on the water trout fishing already this spring. The river is a bit high and a little cool but the trout seem eager and those willing to get out have been finding reward. lots of the big Bugs seems to be under the larger stones in the shallows of the river, spells for few bugs to be out in the next good set of HOT days.

Nothing like trout that fight as good as your equipment!

Nothing like trout that fight as good as your equipment!

Now that SOR (Spey-O-Rama) has come and gone, I will have a bit more time to keep up on post and pictures. This year  was a wild one in San Fran for sure. The wildest wind i have ever seen there in the 7 trips I have made. Smart casts were key big cast were rare not the norm. I had to smart this year to even qualify as the wind blow out my left side casts and a potential new World Record. It is all done now and a 3rd place is better then nothing.

The Boy who went big at the top of the awards stand! Nice work Tommy and as always Randy D

The Boy who went big at the top of the awards stand! Nice work Tommy and as always Randy D! Photo Credit Rose Ronie Puali

The Ladies that made the top of the world! Congrats to Mia, Kara, and Whitney.

The Ladies that made the top of the world! Congrats to Mia, Kara, and Whitney. Photo credit Rose Ronie Puali

The seniors division getting tougher every year!! Nice work to Martin, Tyler and Lee!!

The seniors division getting tougher every year!! Nice work to Martin, Tyler and Lee!! Photo Credit Rose Ronie Puali

I really want people outside of the comp to understand the level of skill and sportsmanship this place carries. No where on the planet will you find a better rounded group of casters then there. I see the work that I put in and know these boy are doing as much or more. To all keep it up and my respect to all of my competitors and friends. Also good work to both Big Tommy and Gerard or Randy D as he now goes by, for their achievements this past weekend too.

Spey-O-Rama is a wonderful place for the future of spey casting and histroy of the sport. Look at these wild boys getting ready for a go in the main pond.

Spey-O-Rama is a wonderful place for the future of spey casting and histroy of the sport. Look at these wild boys getting ready for a go in the main pond.

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

Largest Two Handed gathering on the Planet.

Largest Two Handed gathering on the Planet.

Spey clave is just around the corner and so is Spey Nation. I will be presenting and giving classes at each these will be posted on the events page shortly as well. looking forward to both claves and meeting new and seeing old buddies as well. If you want to email me to know more about those up coming classes just shoot one away and I will  get back at you ASAP.

Texas Redfish Trip

Doug with a nice Red from last falls trip.

Lastly we have 2 open spots for the Texas Red fish trip. Info is on the events page with dates and cost. always a fun trip and not a big cost for it.

Texas Redfish Trip

That how to start a good day!

Texas Redfish Trip

Not everything on the flats are Redfish!!

Texas Redfish Trip

The bird and wildlife is unreal.

Texas RedfishTrip

Billy holds one for a quick photo oppurtunity.

Spey-O-Rama 2015, and the Sandy River Spey Clave

Well SOR has come and gone. Congrats to Big Tommy, Gerard, and Gier. These boys showed their best for us this year. As prepared as I was i could not beat the conditions, well not yet. There is always better. Was great to see many of my friends and sports, thanks to everyone for the support. We all need to help Spey-O-Rama grow. The pond is a majestic place and can be unnerving, but a little bit of courage and the next champion is out there right now. who is he.

The best Spey casting competition on the planet!

The best Spey casting competition on the planet!

Next up is the Sandy River Spey Clave. The largest two handed gathering of Spey casters in the world. I will be presenting with about 30 other great presenter to help teach instruct and amuse you. AWA will also be sharing a booth the the one and only Eric Bittman of Trout NV. So come by and say hi ask a few question and lets hear all the fishing gossip.

The worlds largest Spey gathering!!!

The worlds largest Spey gathering!!!

Fishing report: 4/23/2015

Taken yesterday... they are ready are you??

Taken yesterday… they are ready are you??

The idea of salmon flies is not that far away and may even be close then one might think. Trout fishing has improved over the last 2 weeks. Primarily still subsurface but surface activity is only a couple warm days of sunny weather away… If your ready and have some dates you can fish, the sooner the better as the BLM has change a few things on boaters passes this year. A heads up!!!

Lovey chrome Sandy river Summer Steelhead taken in early May

Lovey chrome Sandy river Summer Steelhead taken in early May

The Sandy and Clackamas have been putting out a few fish. fresh summers and the odd Springer is starting to show….If you still have the need to swing a fly for a fresh steelhead we are ready. Caleb was out last Saturday and went 1/3. Thats what we know, more to come. See you all soon.