Join Date: May 2002
Location: GGACC to the Aleutians
Same 6 Steps in Every Spey Cast
In preparing a Spey Casting handout, I wrote the following to help new Spey casters grasp that all Spey casts have the same elements. I would be interested if newer Spey casters thought this was helpful.
When I use the term "every Spey cast" I refer to the swtich, single, snake, snap and double Spey casts.
EVERY SPEY CAST HAS THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
1. Start position: rod tip at water with line washed tight downstream.
2. Lift the rod to free line from water.
3. Reposition the line to place the anchor in desired position.
4. Sweep to D-loop, with rod ending in key position [Key position for an average cast without obstructions is 1 o'clock.].
5. Pause while D-loop forms and anchor aligns 180 degrees from target. [Exception: continuous load technique has no pause]
6. Forward cast.
Note: Switch cast, single Spey and snake roll combine steps 3 and 4 in one fluid motion.
HANDY PNEUMONIC FOR THE ELEMENTS OF EVERY SPEY CAST
S – L – R – S – P -- F. Start, lift, reposition, sweep to D-loop, pause, forward stroke. You can remember S-L-R-S-P-F by “single-lens-reflex [camera], sun-protection-factor [sun block]. The pneumonic describes two things that should accompany every angler.
Last edited by Bob Pauli; 08-02-2009 at 02:06 PM.