Guiding Services

Spey Ghillies Guiding Service

Having spent a lifetime with a rod in my hands, I can demonstrate and instruct on the complete range of Spey Casts. Whether it’s Overhead, Single or Double Spey, Snake Roll or Snap T / Circle Spey, I can help you either brush up on a rusty technique or simply start from the beginning. Please drop me a line and we’ll arrange a suitably convenient time.

The Training Ground

Tackle

otIf asked 10 years ago to recommend a one general-purpose rod to tackle the Spey, I would have said it would be 15’ in length and rated 10/11. The line to match the rod would have a mid-length head of around the 65-75′. Now however due to the advancement in tackle and techniques, especially over the past few years, my rod of choice for novice anglers would be around the 13-14′ mark with shooting heads of various densities. One advantage of a fishing guide is having the opportunity on a daily basis, to test almost every rod & line combination on the market and one fact is abundantly clear; casting a Salmon rod has never been easier! One piece of advice that I would offer is that like guns, golf clubs or any other personal sporting equipment; if you get a combination that suits your style, stick with it! Most importantly, try before you buy and whilst testing, ignore the manufacturer’s label and cost (if possible). 

Loop CROSS S1 FLY RODS

The Loop Cross S1 fly rod series is the sngle most important revolution to occur in fly fishing since we introduced the large arbor reel over 20 years ago. It’s that big. If the large arbor provided revolutionary function that made the fly reel exponentially better, you won’t believe the difference Cross S1 construction makes with fly rods. We could write an entire book on the adventure that has led to the Cross S1 series of fly rods. We could look up and write down all the available superlatives that are yet unused by other manufacturers (not many left nowadays), but the only way to truly describe what we mean is to hand one to you and let you test for yourself. If there has ever been a time in our history of development of high-performance fly fishing gear where Loop merited a “look” and a test from the fly fishing world, it is now. Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used the new 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that just must be experienced. We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the Loop Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-meters or 30-meters while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.shing.

Loop Opti Series

Loop reels have always been leading the way. They still do. For more than twenty years they have been producing large arbor reels. With the new Opti Fly Reel they’ve entered a new era. This reel has an even larger arbor and a narrower, uniquely V-shaped spool. This means a faster retrieve and less line memory. When you retrieve the line it automatically falls into place with very little help from your fingers. Of course the Opti reel has our silky smooth and powerful Power Matrix drag system. The drag system, which is totally waterproof, saltwater resistant and features the smoothest available start-up, is also found in the upgraded Evotec G4 and the Classic-reels.erly!

The Kinermony Killer Flamethrower

I would like to personally recommend Duncan Egan’s flies to you. Duncan is a professional fly-tyer, an excellent fly fisherman and his flies are second to none. Pictured on the left is the Kinermony Killer Bottle Tube. This Fly was tested throughout 2008 with exceptional results and since then has gone on to catch thousands of Salmon worldwide. I have also worked closely with Fulling Mill over the past few years and the complete Kinermony Killer range are available by clicking the link below. For less than the price of a dram of Speyside Malt Whisky, you can add an extra dimension to your Fly Box.

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