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The Mystic M-Series 3113-4 Switch Review

Nov 10, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Gear Reviews, Spey Nation Presenter, SpeyNation, Trout Spey  //  Comments Off on The Mystic M-Series 3113-4 Switch Review

 

Disclaimer:  I bought this rod the first time I picked it up and it’s permanent home is in my truck.

Finish and Initial Thoughts:  The Mystic M Series 3113-4  switch rod has a sleek finished black blank with black wraps and silver wrap accents making for a handsome no nonsense appearance.  According to Mystic’s website, “The componentry of the M Switch rod is first class from top to bottom. Featuring titanium quad leg stripping guides, super grade custom handles, light wire stainless snake guides, alignment dots, and the kind of craftsmanship Mystic is known for.”  Mine came in a sectioned off that off black cordura case embroidered with an orange Mystic Logo and zippered padded top flap.  The rod is 11 feet 3 inches long with a longer full well forward and lower handle than other switch rods I have seen.

Balancing the Rod:  The Mystic M Series 3113-4  switch rod weighs in at a puny 4.75 ounces and I tried a few reels on the rod and it seems to balance nicely with about 3.7 ounces (My Lamson Litespeed 2) to about 5 ounces (an old Farlow Serpent I have lying around).  Whether you’re a clicker or disc drag kind of fisher, that’s up to you and I use both depending on my quarry.  I hardly ever notice this rod is in my hand.

Lines:  Mystic recommends a grain window for the Mystic M Series 3113-4  switch rod  from 205 to 230 and a quick session with the rod makes it clear that this is a standard 3 weight switch rod.  I fish my standard 5 weight Wulff Ambush TT Taper, (18 foot head with at 215gr) a 10 foot RIO Floating Poly Leader and a 7.5 foot tapered leader to about 3x.  This rig casts buggers to a weighted size 4 and all the wet flies you can throw at a trout.  I have also casted the 6 weight Ambush (18 foot head at 235gr) that I found too heavy for my liking and a SGS custom Scandit head Steve Godshell made which is 22 feet (215gr) and is smooth for you scandi casters out there.  Personal preference for my trout spey is an integrated line/head that I can strip in streamers past where the loop connection would be if necessary.

For Overhead casting, Any single hander 5 weight line (I have used both the Wulff Triangle Taper and Rio Gold)  will work just fine.  It’s a great rod to swing until you find rising fish.

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The Goods:  Casting this rod is what a 3 weight switch/spey is supposed to be.  Just plain fun.  Let’s be clear, this is a rod to through buggers, small streamers and wet flies.    Mystic’s website explains about the entire series “Our Switch rods are designed to load deep into the mid-section, but provide plenty of reserve power in the butt of the rod for fighting big fish,” but let’s be realistic, it’s a 3 weight and this particular rod can only be asked to do so much.   That being said, I have regularly hooked and landed brown and rainbow trout up to 24 inches while that’s a challenge this rod is up to the task for, it still bends delightfully for trout in the 8-15 inch range.   Find a pod of 12 inch smallmouth bass and you just might put permanent smile wrinkles in your face.

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Confidence:  Some of the trout speys I have wiggled over the years seemed a bit thin walled and made me nervous either casting longer lines or fighting larger fish.   You never want to have the threat of exploding graphite to damper your enjoyment streamside.   That isn’t the case with this rod.   I will caution that even though this rod can be leaned on during a cast without fear of exploding, it really excels and launches line with little effort.  If you can’t be happy with a 3 weight throwing 70 feet then you shouldn’t be throwing one no matter what manufacturer makes it.

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Summary:  Trout Speying is supposed to be fun and I get a kick out of taking fish on the swing.   When I bought my first trout spey rod, I bought it as a toy and to play around with.  It quickly became one of my favorite ways to fish for trout.  I have used switch and spey rods to fish trout on many of the larger trout streams and tailwaters in the Northeast and it just keeps getting better and the Mystic M-Series is the one I grab most.

Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Aug 13, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Casting Video, Spey Fishing Video, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Travis is a perennial presenter at Spey Nation.  2 years ago at the Spey O Rama in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Casting Club, dubbed the Spey Casting World Championships, Travis Launched a world record distance cast that hasn’t landed yet.  So when Travis speaks about Spey Casting, you should listen.  It should be noted that I have watched Travis try and mimic common spey casting mistakes and his muscle memory is so acute and perfect that his bad spey casts are better than my good casts.  Take a look at this video if you want to know what spey casting is all about.

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 2

Jul 12, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 2

Simon Gawesworth came to Spey Nation V and gave a great presentation and graciously answered our questions.   Here he is again laying it down for us once more.  Part 2 of 2

 

Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 1

Jul 11, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 1

Simon Gawesworth came to Spey Nation V and gave a great presentation and graciously answered our questions.   Here he is again laying it down for us once more.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Jay Peck

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Jay Peck

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Jay has been sharing his experience through his guiding and his writing and has been fly fishing the great Lake tributaries for more than 35 years and has been tying flies for most of this time.

Jay has been applying his experience as a guide for the past 20 plus years. Fishing the Lake Ontario tributaries from western New York to the Salmon River from fall to spring.

Along with being an expert in fishing Lake Ontario’s migratory fish, Jay is also an accomplished spey caster and has developed several techniques and fly patterns for fishing the tributaries. A few of his flies are featured in the book ‘Steelhead Guide’ by John Nagy.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Andrew Moy

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Andrew Moy

We’ve had many supporters at Spey Nation with us from the beginning.  Andrew Moy, Owner of Tight Lines Fly Fishing in Parsippany, NJ has been one of them.  Between giving one of the most informative presentations every year to donating overnight stays at his 2 cabins on the Beaverkill, Drew’s generosity knows no boundries.  He’s also one of the most approachable guys I know in the industry.  If you have a chance to talk with him before or after the show, take advantage of it.  He takes front and center at 10:00Am on Saturday.

Owner of Tight Lines Flyfishing, if you are interested in spey casting, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Whether you are new to the two-handed game or have some experience under your belt, shop owner Andrew Moy can help. To date, Andrew has taught over 1000 anglers both basic and advanced techniques and has demonstrated for numerous fly fishing groups and organizations. A lesson or two will demystify the art of spey casting and you’ll be on the water on your own in no time.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Will Turek

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Will Turek

2:oopm.  Be in front for Will Turek:

WillWill Turek was born and raised in NE Ohio and has been professionally employed in the Fly Fishing industry since 1995.

Will spent 10 years on the West Coast working for Fish First! in Northern California. While at Fish First! he gained considerable experience developing instructional fly fishing courses and on-stream clinics. As a licensed CA guide he lead walk/wade and drift boat trips on such notable rivers as the Yuba, Feather, Lower and Upper Sacramento and Pit Rivers. He has taught fly fishing classes for East Bay Regional Park District, Chico Area Recreation and Park District, and Chico State University’s Adventure Outings. In addition, he was an associate faculty member of Butte College where he taught a one-credit fly fishing course.

In 2005, Will moved back to OH to work with Midwest fly fishing icon Jerry Darkes’ Angling Consulting Services. As a fly fishing manufacturer’s sales rep he represented such brands as Bauer, Fishpond, Korkers, Nautilus, Pacific Fly Group, Rio, Scientific Anglers, Scott Fly Rods among others. In addition, he designed educational and sales presentations for continuing professional development of manufacturer’s dealers, sales reps, and pro-staff.

In 2008, Will joined Greg Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters as their Spey specialist with a focus on education and single person swung fly guided trips.

 Will first received his FFF Casting Instructor Certification in 1998 and was recently recertified in 2009. He has 13 years experience teaching both single and two-hand casting and fishing technique and is particularly passionate about casting and fishing with two-hand rods. Since 2005, Will has actively promoted spey casting and swung fly techniques throughout the Great Lakes region through his Midwest Spey instructional spey casting programs and private lessons, www.midwestspey.com.

Will is a frequent presenter at fly fishing clubs, fly shops, consumer shows and spey claves throughout the Great Lakes Region. He has appeared in The Steelhead Chronicles DVD by Jerry Darkes and in an episode of the Joe Thomas’ Reel Life show aired on ESPN2. He has spent time behind the camera as well filming several episodes for D’Arcy Egan’s Outdoors Ohio sportsman show. He regularly contributes to Steelhead Alley Outfitters’ blog www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.blogspot.com. He has also been published in Midwest Fly Fishing. He is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders.

Will has chased trout, steelhead, salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, carp, muskie and striped bass in CA, OR, ID, UT, CO, MT, MI, IN, KY, OH, PA, NY and Ontario, Canada.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Travis Johnson

Jun 24, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Travis Johnson

Right about now Travis Johnson’s Plane should be arriving.   He’s the 3:00pm presentation for the Spey Nation on June 27th.  Last year at the annual world spey casting championships in San Francisco Spey O Rama, he launched a world record distance cast that hasn’t landed yet.  He’s one of the most powerful spey casters I’ve ever met and you need to watch his presentation.  He’s also a become a good friend over the last few years coming all the way out from Oregon to show us third coasters how it’s done.  He likes it so much that he leaves the native land of steelhead every fall to fish with us on the Salmon.   So let’s make him feel as welcome as he has made us.

travisTravis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 7 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.  Follow Travis through his blog Steelhead Chaser.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call 541-591-3936.

Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace.  He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francisco’s prestigious Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Michael Mauri

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Michael Mauri

As Spey Nation 2015 moves on to about 9:15am on June 27th, one of the major business partners of one of newest companies to join the Spey Nation family Seele Fly Rods will take front and center of our little natural amphitheater space.  Specifially exciting is their full line of fiberglass switch and spey rods.  Can’t wait to wiggle them

Michael MauriRecognized internationally as an outstanding fly caster, Michael was born and raised in Germany and caught his first fish at age six in a small stream in Bavaria. In 1983, at age 12, he first devoted himself entirely to every facet of the sport of fly fishing.

Since 1998, Michael has participated in international shows and conducted single- and double-hand casting workshops around the globe. As a professional fly-fisher, he has guided throughout Europe and the United States. Welcoming new challenges, he continuously hones his skills while – at the same time – coming up with new designs for his own products just as he long did for equipment offered by leading firms in the fly-fishing industry.

Michael is an innovator in all aspects of fly fishing and his years of martial-arts training allowed him to create the Effective Fly Casting Technique, or EFCT, based on natural movement, which is easy to learn – whether for a beginner, novice, or seasoned casting veteran.

Michael’s life is all things fly fishing; he even met his wife Emily at a Fly Fishing Show! But put him in his element – on the waters of the world – and he becomes one with nature, just like when he was six years old in Bavaria.

Don’t miss an opportunity at shows or otherwise to join one of the most respected instructors in fly fishing and casting including all aspects of single-handed and double-handed spey casting and overhead casting.

In 2013, Michael and Mike McFarland teamed up to form a new rod company. Seele Fly Rods (pronounced zay-luh) based in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, USA. Seele offers, worldwide, high-end graphite and fiberglass fly rods, including Spey and switch rods. All Seele fly rods are entirely built and handcrafted, piece-by-piece, in Bellwood.

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