Alexander Grant switch cast
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Switch cast. I spent all day yesterday at Craigellachie on the spey enjoying the cast that Grant invented 100 hundred years ago.
How is it done?.
With line out, lift the rod high and slow (in front of you), at around 10.30 to 11 then the turn your wrist (out) the way, quite sharply, you can even screw the bottom section with your lower hand. The line will lift off the water very quickly and give you a perfect D or bag, part two requires you to keep your upper hand and arm very high, The result will produce a line completely in the air and with practice, only the fly will kiss the water.
The distance acheived is surprising and very easy, just remember that the travel distance of the rod is 10.30 infront to 1.30 behind you, just keep the rod high and turn your wrist, thats all.
To finish, Mr Grant did not like the traditional speycast because it required 2 lots of effort to use the line. His cast requires no effort or turning of the body and with a greenheart of 18ft, plus a very long silk line. The rest is history.
Speygillie will be teaching this cast over the next two weeks in BC