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Spey Casting From A Drift Boat

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Anyone have experience spey casting a streamer or hopper/dropper rig from a drift boat? Do you find you have to make adjustments to your line management because of the the tight space in a drift boat? I'm thinking of buying a Winston TH-Microspey soon mainly for swinging streamers along the banks and from a boat.

 

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Spey cast may times from drift boats. Never had a problem even with 3 guys at the same time as long as they are reasonably competent casters. You do have to situate your people where they have a batch of water in a direction for a comfortable water load. But you don't need much space.

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Ranger, I’m not sure if this is what you mean, but you might consider a skagit or scandi style line with a head length that is about 3 times the length of the rod (give or take) as opposed to a more “traditional” spey line with a longer head. If you’re sharing a boat with guys using single handers then chances are the rower is going to position the boat accordingly, which means you’re probably going to have a hard time getting the entire head of a spey line out there to load the rod properly. Otherwise, it shouldn’t be too bad because the boat is moving at a speed that is similar to the water, which would be more like practice casting on a pond. The worst case scenario would be if the boat was stopped, which isn’t bad at all because it would be the same as standing on the bank.

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Spey fishing from a drift boat is easy (if you know how to cast). No different than casting from the shoreline. Very effective.

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Thank you all. I will give spey casting on a drift boat a try after the Bow gets back to normal in July.

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How did the spey casting from the boat go?

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