Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: north. Washington/south British Columbia
Yes, the maneuver we call the Perry Poke must have been employed for as long as spey rods have been around. During my learning phase, I frequently overpowered an upstream lift or pull to an anchor position, and so had to either do some kind of maneuver to bring the fly closer to me, or let it drift downstream toward me, which worked but wasted time. At the same time, I was reading in this forum about something called the Perry Poke, and wondering what that might be.
Now we all know. I think Carl Perry should be honored to have it named for him. "Perry Poke" has a pleasing alliteration. BTW, I don't think is a separate spey cast. Rather, it's a corrective procedure that may be applied to any spey cast that goes astray on its way to a proper anchor point.