Spey Ghillies Guiding Service
The Training Ground
If asked 20 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
Loop Opti Series
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.