Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Consider working on the single spey and a left-handed snake roll as either would, as mentioned above, neatly eliminate this problem. A left handed or cack-handed double spey would also relieve you of some safety issues due to the fast current. Since all those have many other uses it is a great impetus to learn them. Wind of course truncates the list if it is strong enough.
Otherwise what Put said, the snap-t can place the anchor as far upstream as necessary, and it is then only necessary to get your timing down. Consider taking a few steps back if possible as well. If you are not comfortable with the speed the anchor is moving then even if you are forced to do a poke closer to the bank if you can find a little slower moving water to work with it might help. But basically the straightforward solution is just to place the anchor up stream more and/or bring up the pace to get off the cast before it drifts too far down. You could in a pinch try a so-called “triple spey”: cast the line straight upstream and as it is coming downstream do a “double spey” on the upstream side. I only suggest this if it makes you feel more comfortable with the timing, but that is in essence just the extreme case of what Put suggested. But if you keep the anchor in front of you, watch it’s location, and don’t get bullheaded and try to cast over it it will eliminate a lot of the safety issues, but maybe not the issue of the aim you need to hit your spot. Just cast further down stream or start over.
I disagree about the “rewind” cast, which is basically just an upright and behind the back snap t. They are easy to do, but short of showing off there is really nothing recommending them in the situation you described. They achieve the same results and would have the same problems as a snap t for you unless there is a very strong wind directly in your face, in which case they solve ONLY the problem of the line blowing into your face on the repositioning move. I had a chance to do a lot of these most of one day this spring when swinging for Shad and the wind was like 35 mph and perfectly quartered upstream directly in our faces. They made it safer in the wind, and arguably more graceful, to reposition the line to the exact same place as a regular snap-t, but my fishing buddies did fine doing pokes into the wind until things calmed down. They don’t make it any easier to do the forward cast into the wind of course, and they will not do anything to help you with the timing issues you are having in fast water.
We all face issues like this often and I find it useful to mentally fall back on the “by any means necessary, style points be dammed” attitude. Laughing at yourself can help a lot - just be safe. But probably in your off time work on, in this order: changing the initial position of the anchor with your snap t << practice doing some poke and re-pokes to deal with similar situations << left hand or cack hand double spey << right hand single spey << left hand snake roll. Switch to practicing your behind the back snap t whenever pretty girls are watching!
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick