In this episode of the Fly Fishing Podcast I had the pleasure of chatting with Pete Humphries to cover spey casting, steelhead fly fishing and Great Lakes tributaries. Pete does an amazing job breaking down the steps to spey casting and provides a bunch of tips.
He covers Great Lakes steelhead fly fishing with a focus on Western Michigan and talks about many of the people who helps him become an expert. If you are new to spey casting or struggling with your cast this is the perfect episode for you.
Click below to listen to the Podcast with Pete Humphries:
Show Notes with Pete Humphries
6:30 – Pete discusses some of his home rivers and notes the Muskegon River that is nearby.
7:15 – Feenstra Guide Service – This is the guide service that Pete works for and Kevin was one of the first swinging guides in Western Michigan.
8:20 – Rio Wind Cutter was one of the first lines Pete used when he first started swinging flies.
10:17 – Pete discusses his first steelhead on the fly noting that it was a fall back female.
12:38 – Andy Murray was a famous fisherman who worked for Hardy.
13:40 – Federation of Fly Fishers Casting Instruction
17:39 – Mel Krieger
21:05 – Rod and line for great lakes steelhead
22:20 – Pere Marquette River and switch rods
24:00 – How to fish off both shoulders effectively to avoid issues with the wind
28:20 – The importance of a slow circle C especially with sinking lines
40:20 – 4 Keys to a Spey Cast
41:15 – Train track analogy on the forward cast.
50:45 – Rio Scandi Versa Tip
56:14 – The Hang Down 10 – Just let your fly sit and hang a little longer than you think
58:20 – Rio Cleaning Pads
1:01:30 – Temple Dog Style Flies are Pete’s go to for steelhead.
You can reach Pete at Feenstra Guide Service if you have any questions or want to connect.
I wanted to give a big thanks to Pete for coming on the show, he over delivered on all of the great tips he offered. Do you fish the great lakes or western Michigan? Was this show helpful? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Click on the button below if you want the PDF Quick guide to the top steelhead tips from our guests on the podcast: