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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2004, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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beginner spey casting help

Can anyone point me to any online tutorials (free) for spey casting? Or even short video clips would be great too. I know a private lesson would be optimal, but I cant justify the cost, especially when I am just fishing the feather river.
I have a tfo 6 weight. My progression went like this:
1) started overhand casting. Kind of tiring
2) started using 2 hands, dominant hand above reel, left hand bellow.
3) figured out line should be on water and line should be tight.
4) then just basically chucked the line, kind of like someone pitchforking hay (tip starting at about 2 oclock, ending at 11 oclock).

Does the cast I am doing have a name? If it does what do I have to add to do some of the more complicated casts?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2004, 02:09 PM
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Well for a $40 a year speypages subscription Dana have put together 39 videos and 30 multiple page spey casting newsletters that are better than any thing out there on the web. I think anyone you ask who is a subscriber the will tell you $40 is a bargain. Especially because they are continually updated and 2005 promises to being a lot more video and instructional writings.

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Spend the $40 and become a subscribing member. That will allow you to download some of Dana's video's and you can see what spey casting is really all about. Another suggestion is to purchase Simon Gawesworth's book "Spey Casting", published by Stackpole Books and practice,practice,practice. Someone in your area might be able to suggest a good shop to visit and talk with the people there. Happy Holiday's
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I agree with Sean. Dana has lots of info. I would also pick up Derek Brown's video.

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Yo Steve...

I also agree with what the others have said but I would get the Hazel tape in place of Derek's. I like them both a great deal but I think the Hazel's tape will help a beginner more. From my point of view learning the Double Spey and the Circle C casts to start are your best bet. That rod rocks with an Airflo Delta 6/7.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2004, 06:20 PM
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RIO's video (also now available on DVD) "INTERNATIONAL SPEY CASTING", which features Simon G. as the main instructor is excellent and it along with Simon's new spey casting book (as mentioned above) will provide you with a very good start. Also, the amount of info Dana has available is well worth the subscription.
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I have to suggest Hazel's video. It is excellent for a beginner and well divided on the DVD to let you move between casts easily. Their techniques work best with short belly lines. I have been fortunate to also have had spey casting instruction from them and they are excellent teachers.

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