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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-08-2007, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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IMHO,one mistake I see casters make is: on a double or a snap,they keep their rod at mid body height and they dont place the rod to or inside of a imaginary line extending from their body perpendicular with shore.They also rush the return from that imperfect placement.It all happens too fast.I believe in putting the rod tip in the water and taking at least a 1001 count,maybe even 1002.By doing this,literally "all" your line is stuck in water film.There is no dry line slack.As soon as you begin the next move you begin the load and without any line noise.No abrubt collison of change of direction.By coming around past 180 degrees you get a longer smother rounded path from which to smoothly accelerate your load.Thinking about it you also get a longer period of loading[the horizontal distance plus the greater vertical].The count or hesitation gives it more stick and load and assures that you are moving to the slow beat of a waltz.Riveraddict tought me the hesitation..Farrar preached the waltz timing comparison. Now I know some great casters that make the first placement at mid body height[George Cook,Dana,etc].Last time I fished with Riveraddict he kept his rod very high, but swings around way past that imaginary line. But I am saying that, if you have trouble, there is another way to rid yourself of slack and it is a way that does not lead to a secondary problem of too much speed and or quikness,or wavey ,noisey line.Noise robs you of power and distance and good placement.Sometimes we solve one problem only to develope a new one that results from solving the first problem the wrong way. Beau

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It is my opinion that teaching a new Spey caster to not pause after the initial lift of a double Spey invites a sudden release of the line from the water resulting in an inadvertent cast of most or all of the fly line's head upstream.

Of course that sets up the triple Spey!

I agree with Beau [I think] that the rod tip should touch, or nearly touch, the water at the completion of phase I of the double Spey.
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