Join Date: May 2002
Location: GGACC to the Aleutians
Thanks to all for your comments.
My goal is for beginners to not obsess over the original target. A caster is best served by casting 180 degrees from the D-loop and anchor alignment, wherever that is, as Akcaster confirms.
Stumpy, I agree the fish don't mind where your forward cast ends, in many cases.
Prometheus, there are 6 steps in every Spey cast. S L R S P F
Start, lift, reposition, sweep, pause [except in continuous load cast], forward cast. The reposition is the move that brings the line into a location that allows the caster to execute a dynamic roll cast toward the target. For example, the snap of a snap T cast repositions the end of the fly line and leader about one rod length upstream of the target line (orange line). This is good placement for a forward cast to the target
For a double Spey the crossing of the arms brings the end of the fly line to a point about one rod length downstream of the angler, which is good placement for a dynamic roll cast to the target. Uncrossing the arms is the beginning of the sweep move into a D-loop.
Simon's book is terrific, and highly recommended.
Steve, I appreciate your comment. My purpose is to make casting simpler, by informing new casters that the original target line is not a must follow dictate. Why is it not simpler to take what the D-loop and anchor give you and make your forward cast 180 degree from them?