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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys! Took a video of myself doing some skagit casts with my GoPro. Let me know what you think. I'm using a Decho 4119 with a rio skagit short 325 grain, a sinktip polyleader and a streamer on the end. Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ0Py7aElNo

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Just a random thought.

You're standing in shallow water so it probably doesn't make much difference. But out in deeper water let the head sink a bit longer. Skagit's are a sustained anchor, so that 'anchor' has to really sink to provide rod loading.




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looks like he's shooting 20-30 feet. pretty sure the rod is loading okay
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Very nice; effortless.

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Thanks for the responses! I am definitely in shallow with a light fly on so my distance is almost maxed out for me on a few of those casts. After watching myself though I did notice that I am stopping way to low on the forward cast, I feel like I should be aiming for a bit higher stop. Also that first cast has a dip in the sweep which would become a bigger issue if I was wading deeper. Thanks for the tip fred, I will try a more sustained anchor next time out, I guess then you would be able to sweep a little faster creating a more powerful D-Loop and flexing the rod more? Do you ever worry though that the current pulls your line downstream which then creates a mess on the sweep?

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Thanks for the responses! I am definitely in shallow with a light fly on so my distance is almost maxed out for me on a few of those casts. After watching myself though I did notice that I am stopping way to low on the forward cast, I feel like I should be aiming for a bit higher stop. Also that first cast has a dip in the sweep which would become a bigger issue if I was wading deeper. Thanks for the tip fred, I will try a more sustained anchor next time out, I guess then you would be able to sweep a little faster creating a more powerful D-Loop and flexing the rod more? Do you ever worry though that the current pulls your line downstream which then creates a mess on the sweep?
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You're right, the first sweep begins with a sharp downward motion--not helpful.

If you create a stronger anchor via longer soak time (as Fred correctly suggested) speeding up the sweep (your thought) might just drag the anchor. Flexing the rod more deeeply is the better notion.

When I observe a low, powerful finish on my own forward stroke (not my best work), I review previous portions of the sequence to determine whether effort was lacking or wrongly timed such that I had to apply excess force at that late stage in order to get a workable cast. I wish I could state that more clearly, I hope it was understandable.

As for current pulling your line downstream at the lift over or set--place the anchor higher, keep your rod tip well inside and low, let 'er soak--you'll be pleased with the result.

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When I look at my own efforts, there are many flaws...
Haha sounds like I have many flaws to work on as well! I will try the longer soak next time around and see how that goes. A bit deeper flex would be nice, especially with the slow action of the Decho. Practice makes perfect though! If I can get it figured out now then I will be laughing when I get to go steelheading one day!

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your easy caster i see ,this is good,fine,rod loading good ,some skagit caster i see doith with muche hard casting.
speycasting its easy/slow not shooting out the big stuff in 2 sec.
your on the right way, have you try some with e snake,working olso good,look out for the wind with snake,tesame with snaps with wind in your face.
try some with the left arm ,sometime you need in some bad wether conditions
my friend the wind, mostly not.
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Your casting is all done by use of the arms, adding body rotation will allow you to use the larger muscles of your body making the casting easier as you strive for more distance.


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On an un-related note, how close was the GoPro to you when you filmed this??
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That little Decho is a sweet rod, and I liked the 325 on mine. It responds well to as slow as you can make yourself go, and keeping your circle up and around relatively low will, I think, load deeper into the rod as you come up and over and forward.
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Nice

Looks pretty good to me, good management of ur running line, it's a lot easier when we arnt waist deep casting.
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