Spey Casting With Bruce Kruk
We Sport Fish spent a day on the water with Bruce “the slab-master” Kruk. Bruce resides in Trail, BC and competes in the world championships for two-handed Spey rod distance casting. Join Bruce and We Sport Fish Editor Jim Bailey in this four-part series as they discuss Spey casting on the mighty Columbia river in Beautiful British Columbia.
Part 1 – An Introduction
In this first video Bruce introduces Jim Bailey, We Sport Fish Editor, to the sport of Spey casting. Bruce discusses why the Columbia River is conducive to Spey casting, as well as the equipment, techniques, and flies he uses to target large Columbia River rainbow trout.
Part 2 – Where The Fish Are
In this second video Bruce shares tips on why he considers fly presentation more important than the actual fly used. He explains how physical structures in the water create perfect conditions for the trout to hold as they wait for food to pass by, and where we should be casting to target them when we see them rise. We will also get to see our first few Spey casts.
Part 3 -The Lesson…
In this third video Bruce gives We Sport Fish Editor, Jim Bailey a lesson on the art of Spey casting. Bruce shows Jim the technique to get the fly “way out there” using the two-handed casting method. Bruce also gives us further insight into the setup he uses, and why “heavy duty” gear is needed for the long casts and to bring the fish in.
Part 4 -The Catch & Competing
In our fourth and final installment Bruce discusses how he prepares to compete in Spey casting competitions. During the filming of this segment Bruce also shows us his method for reeling in one of two rainbow trout he landed during filming to mitigate fish stress by ensuring a quick catch and release. After the release Bruce explains how the world championship competition in San Francisco works and how competitors are judged.