I had the pleasure of talking with Matt Klara who has been around the spey game for quite a while now. Matt breaks down single handed spey casting and how you can and should get started on it.
We talk about Big Sky Anglers, fishing for trout with a 9 wt, SexyLoops and how he grew up on the Madison spending his summers living out of a camper. Don’t miss this one as Matt shares his huge tip on a video that is incredible in describing how to “fish” a sinking line for steelhead.
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Show Notes with Matt Klara
08:37 – We talk about Modern Steelhead Flies, Jay Nicholas and Rob Russell’s great book on new steelhead flies. Matt was highlighted in this book as a guest tyer.
15:57 – Tom Larimer provided some great tips on summer steelhead fishing in episode 11 of the fly fishing show.
17:30 – Big Sky Anglers is Matt’s current fly fishing focus where he is the social media manager for the shop. He describes a Spey Casting workshop they put on that included Simon Gawesworth.
23:07 – OPST Commando, Air Flo Skagit Scout, RIO Trout Max are all great spey lines for streamer fishing and for steelhead
28:50 – We talk about the 2.5x Rod Length rule Matt uses to choose the right line for your rod.
31:20 – Sexyloops.com is a magazine that Matt has written for in the past. Here is a link to a post by Matt.
32:45 – Big Sky Anglers Blog Link
33:10 – The Echo blog post that Matt put together on the Path of Single Handed Spey
35:00 – Skagit Master 2 is an incredible video for covering sink tips and how to fish them for steelhead
39:27 – The Black String Leech is no secret but is one of the best steelhead flies. Here’s one of Matt’s white string leeches.
47:30 – The Drake Cast with Hank (the greatest fly fisherman)
57:25 – George Tanfield and Justin Spence were noted here
Some of the Show Highlights
Matt talks about his transition from single hand to spey rods. He started fishing the Madison River for trout and was the first place that he started swinging flies with a spey rod. He first fished the Grande Ronde River for steelhead in 2001 and the rest is history.
Matt uses the snake roll very regularly when fishing for trout. He talks about how you can easily get started spey casting with a single hand rod. He also notes that a double taper can work great for single hand spey.
Books and Resource Recommended
Simon Gawesworth’s Single hand Spey by Simon Gawesworth
Skagit Master 2 was huge for Matt
Resources for Spey
Conclusion with Matt Klara
I wanted to give a big thank you to Matt for coming on the show today. He breaks down single hand spey very well and includes what lines work great. He lists a bunch of reasons why you should give it a shot this week on the show.
Please share this episode if you know someone interested in steelhead and spey casting.
If you liked the tips that Matt shares in this episode then click on the link below to get the Steelhead Tips PDF Quick Guide Click here: https://wetflyswing.com/DIY