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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Snake Roll Question

I have been getting a white mouse when trying to do the snake roll.
1. Any idea what I am doing wrong?
2. When I start the snake roll should the rod be pointing down stream towards my line or in the direction I want the cast to go?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 12:07 PM
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dunno about number 1 but when starting any spey cast the starting position should be the rod tip pointed directly at the line...

the snake roll

Line straight downstream, slow lift to 11 o 'clock accelerate the rod forward to to 2:00, accelerate back to 11:00 while raising the rod into the back cast. then do a forward cast

you may start out with a relatively large and round snake roll, as you gain skill it should become more of a smaller more slanted elliptical along the casting plane

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Rob's 11:00 and 2:00 example applies to a cast when current is running from right to left. For river right, it is more of a 1:00 to 10:00.

And no, there should be no significant white mouse.


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thats because on the other side of the river is single spey territory

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Is the "white mouse" occurring on 1) the pick-up/original lift, or is it on 2) the forward stroke of your delivery after the anchor is set?

If 1) then you need to apply a bit more of a vertical or "shot-gun" lift to break the surface tension. The spiral or snake should be air-born.

If 2) you are probably waiting too long before you deliver the forward stroke. The anchor should barely "kiss" the water before you start your delivery.

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