Kane Klassics advanced “Side Drifting” Bamboo Fly Rod and Graphite rod recently under went very successful testing. I experienced some outstanding fishing for large Steelhead with my Friend and Guide, Mike Assink: email@example.com , Phone: 541-863-1568. The Umpqua River in Oregon is fantastic for these rods and the following techniques described onward.
Over the course of several trips, together with Mike, we developed an indicator fishing technique, which equaled or did better then the spinning method of side bouncing egg patterns. The rods I designed are 10 1/2′, providing lots of mending and critical hook setting quickness followed by superb fish fighting shock absorbing action. The graphite rod is a 4 pc rod with fighting butt and the Bamboo Fly Rod is a 3 pc with fighting butt. Available in 7 – 12 wt line sizes.
The length of the rods assured easy casting and long leaders to meet the critical depth to put the drifted egg imitation or nymph in the fishes face. Other trips and testing showed these
longer rods excelling at other Steelhead fishing techniques as well. Swung flies, using spay casting and just dead drifted indicator fishing has shown exceptional control. A longer rod is a tremendous help in fighting a large Steelhead. I’ve often said its like a burr in a hound dogs fur, the fly is stuck and you can effectively fight the fish using the rods superior shock absorber action over its length protecting tips and knots.
Many times over a long fight I have mentally counted how many knots are being worked and will they hold. The proof is in the pictures.
To order any of these capable fly rods see Kane Klassics Bamboo Fly Rod and Graphite link: http://kaneklassics.com