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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Help!! Spey casting has gone to pieces

Overnight I have gone from being an average spey caster to a complete novice and a poor one at that. It started about a month ago when BA lost my rods on the way to Russia, I had to use the rods at camp which were very nice but way too fast an action to what I am used to, by the end of the week i was liking the fast action of the rod and putting out a good line. When i got home I was finding it very hard to adjust back to my slower actioned rod and only 1 in 3 or 4 casts was going out correctly. Most of the time the last 2 or 3 yards are not turning over and landing in a heap. I think that i may be trying too hard and thinking too much about what I am doing. I need help and fast as i have gone from a chilled out fisherman that loves casting to a frustrated monster.
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Slow down and let the rod work.
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Focus on the basics:

Start your cast with the tip on the water
No slack on the dangle with the line straight down stream
Lift with slow even tension
Smooth acceleration/lift
Pause with a positive stop to form the D Loop
D loop under tension forming the cast
Anchor with the end of the flyline pointed at your target
Smooth acceleration & application of power with a high hard stop

If possible, find a local spey instructor to spend some time with you on the water and help diagnose what is happening and help you through it.

and...S - L - O - W DOWN.

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When my casting goes bad

I take in some line until I get the stroke back, then add a little line at a time to maintain the cast. I find this helps me because I have a strong tendency to over power my rods. Aaron gave me this tip.

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Pause with a positive stop to form the D Loop

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Focus on the basics:

Start your cast with the tip on the water
No slack on the dangle with the line straight down stream
Lift with slow even tension
Smooth acceleration/lift
Pause with a positive stop to form the D Loop
D loop under tension forming the cast
Anchor with the end of the flyline pointed at your target
Smooth acceleration & application of power with a high hard stop

If possible, find a local spey instructor to spend some time with you on the water and help diagnose what is happening and help you through it.

and...S - L - O - W DOWN.

Chris
Keep in mind, there is some controversy over this positive stop on the backcast. If you watch someone cast like this, you will notice that the rod unloads at this point and then must be re-loaded on the forward stroke. Some refer to this as "shocking the rod."

Not to say that this method is wrong. For some people, I guess it works. However, the way I learned was to keep the rod under constant load all the way through the stroke. The load varies, mind you, according to the rate of acceleration, but the rod will remain under continuous load. Drift maybe, but not a positive stop.

I will agree on what has twice been said. Slooooow Down. Especially with slower action rods. Relax and let the rod do it's thing.

I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.
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Wilbert:

Take heart, even Tiger Woods has off days and "slumps"! It would be helpful to know what equipment you cast/fish normally, and what equipment you used in Russia.
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I was using a 15'1" #10 Sage in Russia (can't remember the exact model) and I normally use a 15' B&W Powerlite Speycaster or Norway with a 65' #10/11 Ian Gordon line. I have had time to stop and think what i am doing and have a friend watch me to spot the mistakes that i cant see / feel. I went out today for 2 hrs and was casting well with only 1 duff cast the whole time I was out and I managed to get a fish so all in all i have had a good 2 hrs fishing.
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