Fly Fishing Favorite Fall Memory: Mastering The Snap T

Fly Fishing

Fall, for me, is steelhead time. It's a time to head to the Pacific Coast or the Great Lakes region to track down anadromous rainbow trout — born in a river, and hardened in the ocean.

My favorite fall fly fishing memory is mastering a cast called the "Snap T." Don't get me wrong, I'm no expert on the Spey casts handed down from generation to generation, and from Atlantic salmon fishermen on Scotland's River Spey, to North American steelheaders. Spey casting is both a skill and an art. Like golf it can never be fully "mastered" — it's just too complex and there are always subtle ways to improve.

But last fall, on B.C.'s Kispiox River, I had an "aha!" moment one blue-sky afternoon, where the anchor dropped into place without having to eyeball it into position, the D loop reached back over the rocks along the shoreline, and the rod shot forward in a straight line that sent a perfect loop reaching out across the beautiful lines of the Sportsman Pool. Not long afterward, a gorgeous steelhead — 1,000 miles from her feeding grounds in the Gulf of Alaska — came to my hand.

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