I spent much of last Autum's prolific salmon season fishing a certain slough that was stiff with pink salmon, then later with coho and chums. Because of the slough's slow, eddying currents and because the salmon responded best to actively stripped flies, it was really a single-handed rod proposition. One day, though, I took along a new spey rod that I was eager to try out.
The cast that quickly suggested itself was as follows: With the retrieved fly in near the rod tip, I would shake the rod sideways, back and forth, until the line pulled itself out through the guides. Then I needed only to throw a D-loop behind and punch out a forward spey cast. The shaking took about 6-8 strokes, and went faster if I let the line flow directly to the stripping guide rather than over my index finger.
I'm sure this is nothing new, but I haven't encountered this cast, which I called the Shake-and-Bake, in the literature. Does anyone have any experience with this casting method, and does it have an established name?