Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Grand River, Ontario
When single hand Spey casting, I only haul going forward. Don't see much point for the rearward haul going into the D-Loop.
However, when fishing streamers, I often strip the head well into the guides, which then requires it to be worked back out for the Spey cast. To do that I slip line into the set and the backcast of the Double or Circle. With the Single, I just slip line into the backcast.
That slipping of line works just like slipping line into the backcast of an overhead cast. The line has a rearward momentum that we can use to pre-load the rod as we start to go forward.
When fishing on the beach, I'll use a Spey cast setup for an overhead cast. The forward cast from these Spey cast setups have to be gentle as I just need the head out with a bit of overhang. With these setup Spey casts, I have to slip line into the D-Loop as the end of the head starts out in my hands.
On occasion I lose my grip on running line during the forward stroke of the setup Spey cast and the line will sail out over 60' despite my gentle application of power. To a significant degree, that distance is due to the rod pre-load imparted by the line slip. I can feel that pre-load in the rod when I start the forward stroke.
Field Staff G. Loomis / Shimano
Pro Staff Airflo, Simms, The Canadian Tube Fly Company