It was all the rage when I was last out in Cape Cod, basically a bunch of guys using shooting heads off a salmon rod, which works no question. A few smarter guys were using them for working the currents, rips etc. Spey casting got them into places without much backcast (Cape Poge Gut etc), but more importantly it was the ability to mend more line and control the fly. But it all kind of fell apart as They found that although they could hook stripers, landing a decent one was next to impossible due to the lack of lift in Spey rods. I would imagine now that they will have upgraded to power of the rods.
Yea, I know what you mean. I tend to walk my fish into the edge when it's a good un. 14ft rods aren't the
easiest when the fish comes under your rod top.
However, the line control with a long rod is incredible. 1 shot casts, massive mends, slows that fly across
the current so well. And, you still have more chance of a good Bass in our shallow gutters on the fly than you ever
would fishing for Salmon or Sea Trout on a migratory river system.
I know of guys who have fished for years and years, speycasting in the rivers for salmon spending thousands
of pounds. Bass are a very viable target here in the gutters and the big spey cast, IF the wind is right
is a far cheaper option.
They would also be very useful in many estuary systems as well.
I have to admit that although I have spent many hours fishing for (and catching) salmon, I really don't rate them as a fighting fish, pound for pound bass can and often do scrap far better than salmon.