If you recall my post on my goals for 2016, you’ll remember that I discussed my desire to become a more proficient two-handed angler. I’m not a hack, but I have a long way to go before I’ll be satisfied. We don’t see too many spey and switch rods in this part of the country, and to some extent there is good reason for that. There are, however, plenty of rivers and situations where a two-handed rod will open up new possibilities or, at the very least, provide a hell of a lot of fun.
Lately, I’ve taken to fishing a 3 wt. switch on one of my home rivers when the water comes up. Paired with a 250g Scandi head, I can deliver small soft hackles and medium sized streamers to pockets and through runs that might otherwise be difficult to approach. I’ve swung up a few decent fish and have been surprised by how many fish on what many consider to be a technical river will eat a swung soft hackle. There’s definitely something cool about a tight-line take, and I plan on exploring more possibilities. There will be smallmouth this summer, and I’m hoping for a few stripers on the Chattahoochee as well.
So, I’m left with a few questions. Do any of you fish two-handed rods in the South? If so, where? Also, why?