Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Great post, thank you. I also agree, much of that covered here may be overlooked by new casters, especially those more interested in instant gratification/result and a shorten learning curve using shorter rods/head outfits and snap/circle/poke... whatever style cast rather than single spey with longer line.
Another aspect that may be overlooked by new casters is the use of the core muscle group when initiating the cast with a 'tummy crunch'. Sometimes I will start the new caster in the 'key position and have them tighten their stomach mussels, driving the rod down vertically with minimal rotation (rod tip doesn't move very far). What they usually discover through feel is how much bend they can create in the lower rod sections. Follow this by adding bottom hand back into the sequence.
"Less top hand" - A wise spey jedi.