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2つ目は、北海道、屈斜路湖の思い出を語っているところです。「最近の日本訪問で、ライト・ダブルハンドでメイフライのドライを使ってアメマスを釣るのが面白かった。」と言っています。日本のことも海外で伝えてくれているのが嬉しいです。（ライト・ダブルハンドとは新製品のSwift Mk II Double Handed の 11'6" #7 4pc、13'0" #8 4pcあたりだと思います。）
Scotsman to demo his country's famous cast
By Paul Bruun
August 9, 2006
There is no lack of wonder that springs to mind at the mention of Scotland. From the luscious tartan plaid woolens to the fierce Robin Hood-like ambush antics of William Wallace, the thrifty population and North Sea surroundings of this magnificently rugged countryside are all memorable.
It is easy to discuss Scotland's notoriety for great distilleries, the game of golf and a penchant for pummeling British invaders. Scottish games, ice climbing, thorny heaths, haggis and patron bard Robert Burns will intrigue the world forever.
But it is this idyllic country's second longest river that charges Speyside aquifers and forms the foundation for the worldﾕs most noted distillers that makes the above history but a footnote. Traditionally, Scotland's greatest salmon and sea trout river, the Spey, features erratic wind and often heavy streamside cover. Ages ago these dual headaches gave birth to a form of two-handed fishing and casting that appears to be growing in popularity at the same rate as IPods and internet access cell phones.
The sport is called Spey casting. Obviously, to get the hang of this discipline, common sense dictates learning it from someone who hails from the British Isles. And on August 19 and 20, Andy Murray will be in Jackson to host several Spey casting and fishing clinics. Ironically, this coincides with the local Scottish Festival. When he isn't traveling the world teaching and fishing, Andy and his family live in the Borders area of Scotland.
For over 20 years, Andy has been the House of Hardy professional caster and instructor. He was born in County Durham in the north of England where his grandfather was a gillie and gamekeeper. So his field and river roots run deep. For those unfamiliar with Hardy, it has been the name in both British and international fly fishing gear almost since Shakespeare.
I've never met Andy Murray personally, but friends from all over the country where he's taught and demonstrated say he's the best they've ever seen. He's a frequent guest on the BBC as well as European and Canadian TV. He's demonstrated for the American Fly Fishing Museum and the highbrow New York Angling Club and was given honorary membership to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco.
Spending a day on a river with Andy and a long rod is approximately the same as getting baseball tips from Derek, golf help from Tiger or basketball handling concepts from Michael. The only difference is that the casting class fee is much less expensive!
Spey casting was originally designed to allow the average person to fish the brawling rivers of the British Isles and northern Europe for Atlantic salmon and sea run brown trout. The sweeping casting motions, when coupled with a 12- to 15-foot-long rod and two hands, easily propel an extra-long fly line a great distance and with relative ease. It is easy to reverse the process when changing sides of the river. Add modern tackle refinements such as lighter weight and enormous strength in rods, lines and reels and the Spey game has leapt light years forward.
About a 15 years ago the Spey infection began in lower North America. Two-handed rods were already popular on the great Atlantic salmon rivers of Canada and had made their presence known in Iceland and in Russia as its salmon fisheries emerged. Ten years ago some of the Midwestern and Pacific Northwest steelheaders were beginning to swing the longer rods for sea run rainbows. Then wealthy yanks began hauling 12- to 14-foot Spey rods to Tierra del Fuego to cheat the enormous winds in their quest for the Rio Grande's giant sea run browns.
What began as a minor cold has turned into a full-scale Spey epidemic. Spey-a-holics are repopulating everything from steelhead streams to striped bass beaches and normal trout streams. Some friends brought their lighter Spey rods out to Pyramid Lake in March to launch sinking lines at this Nevada pond's fabled giant Lahontan cutthroats.
Lacking a nearby salmon fishery, Jackson isn't exactly a regional Spey tackle proving ground. But there is more than just a growing interest in this technique among our well-traveled anglers, including one gentle lass who recently subdued a nearly 40-pound Atlantic salmon in Canada.
Even if you aren't planning to visit the River Spey, Tweed or Tay or tackle the Babine and Skeena this year, Andy's visit presents a marvelous chance to see what this Spey casting avalanche all about.
In a recent e-mail conversation, Andy explained that he suspects that Spey is becoming bigger in the U.S. because it enables the caster to change direction drastically with comparative ease and also to continue casting when restricted by trees in the backcast area.
Andy continues, I also feel that there is a romanticism surrounding Spey casting which is very beautiful to watch. It involves less effort than conventional over-head casting therefore enabling people to cast for longer. For example, older fishers can continue for longer periods of time without getting as tired as they would with over-head casting.
That last point really hits home with me as I nurse my right shoulder at the computer keyboard after only a few hours of pitching foam ants around the South Fork on Sunday. Overhead casting is our traditional ﾒback cast, forward cast style done with single-handed fly rods. Spey refines a type of roll casting that is both easy and efficient.
Andy further reported that he recently returned from Japan, where Spey casting is also growing in popularity for the same reasons as he mentioned above for the U.S. Not surprisingly, his favorite recreation is fishing for Atlantic salmon (he's from England so that's a given!) but he says that saltwater is a close second. He has used double-handed rods for giant tarpon, striped bass and swinging flies for trout. He says that fishing light two-handers for white spotted char on a dry mayfly was great fun during his recent visit to Japan.
Andy concludes that Spey casting should be taken up for the sheer joy of it. And he quickly adds that it is not just for two-handed rods. It can be executed perfectly with a single-handed 5-weight as well. It is lots of fun, and everyone should try it!
Space is limited for each session. Contact Howard Cole, High Country Flies resident Speyophile (733-7210) for more information and to sign up for Andy Murray's Spey casting and fishing clinic. A beginning class is scheduled for Saturday, August 19. Sunday will be a more advanced session.
Personally, I like the older fishers part. Kilts and tweed caps are optional.
Paul Bruun writes weekly on his adventures and misadventures in the great outdoors.
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