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A Basic Look at Double Hand Rod Overhead Casting for Striped Bass

This wasn't the video I intended, but we were too much the fishing piggies, leaving the video to the last day of the vacation when we were stuck with high winds and surf that had been blown up by an offshore storm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPjW4snYbGo

So this video is a much reduced version over what I planned, but it still manages to show a few things.

I use either an aerialized setup cast, usually a Spey or Roll cast, into one or two false casts to work out line before the forward cast.

I also use a water load where I use a setup cast to set the line on the water shooting the entire head out in the process. I then lift into the backcast, slip line and make the forward stroke.

Both work and the latter is often better when the wind is blowing.

I'm often casting heavily weighted clousers, as I was here for part of the video, so I keep the casting stroke broad with a relatively low stop to produce a more open loop. Helps keep the clouser away both from the rod and my skull.

My high hand position might not be a style some would like but it offers some advantages. Despite what some would think, this is not a painful way to cast as I can keep it up all day, simply by staying relaxed, don't pound the rod, and let the bottom hand do most of the work (even though that's not obvious in the vid).

Some reasons for it:
  • deep wading
  • avoiding obstructions like berms behind me
  • casting over big surf
  • keeping the fly farther away from me
  • don't clunk my bottom hand on the stripping basket at the rod stop
  • better angle for the line to exit the stripping basket

But one of the most compelling reasons happens when the wind blows into my right shoulder. I don't go left hand up or cach handed, I just tilt the rod over my head and leave most of it over my left side while my hands remain on the right. I'm still making a right handed cast, only the line and fly remain on the left.

Unfortunately the wind wouldn't let me demo it here, but perhaps later on, I'll do some lawn casting and video how it works, if anyone would like to see it.

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Looks like fun! Are these also the fish of a thousand casts? That one Scott is holding is a bruiser.

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Looks like fun! Are these also the fish of a thousand casts? That one Scott is holding is a bruiser.
They're not as difficult as steelhead to catch, only difficult to find at times. Between the three of us we pulled out something like 10-12 fish along that strip, though none would've been bigger than 18". The one Scott lost was definitely bigger than that.

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Cape Cod is a nice place to fish, with a variety of conditions to keep it interesting. The evening shot is from Pleasant Bay and we got a lot of fish just as the sun was going down, all on surface flies (poppers and gurglers). But the bugs were bad as there was no wind and the noseeums were out in force.
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Very cool Peter.. thanks for posting.

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Thanks for sharing that! I fish that area and just started this season with a two hand rod. Would like to have run into you guys.
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Thanks for sharing that! I fish that area and just started this season with a two hand rod. Would like to have run into you guys.
Can't complain about the week, but the noseeums were pretty brutal on Pleasant Bay and we didn't have any bug spray.

BTW, just after the video was shot, we were working our way back toward the stairs when Greg spots some current. We start fishing it and banging half-decent sized schoolies right away. On a few casts, I was casting across the current, letting the fly swing a bit then stripping. On one of those, the fly had just started to swing when the line went out, a big silver fish came out of the water and everything went slack . . . buh-bye blue, buh-bye fly . . .

We did run into a few people including some we knew, or knew of. We had a chat with a few guys from the UK contingent who now make regular pilgrimages.

We're usually there every year the last few days of May, the first few of June, so maybe next year.

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Yeah those no-seum's can be brutal so much so it gets you hoping for wind versus cursing it. Steamed out of Ryders Cove many a early morning anxiously waiting to get past the no wake bouy so we could get on a plane and lose them...

Last outing down that way I was up in one of the estuaries and got bit pretty good off and on with the winds flukey and going from flat calm to just enough to blow the little devils off. This is why I often where a light hooded sweat shirt even when its warm.
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