I just posted this on another thread, but though it might help a guy or two here. These things have helped me all through my two handed journey, and continue to each day I fish-
hope it helps some of you-
Anyone with anything to add to help out "that new, passionate, thoroughly confused and excited spey caster" that we all once were and maybe still are Please do-
Another thing or two ponder:
1 . The fore cast is only as good as the set up ( generally, though eventually one can bail themselves out with some tricks) -
2. If you don't learn first to set your anchor correctly , you are in trouble- ( kinda the same as above)
3. All casts are very much the same once the anchor is in place... What I mean is, you can do all kinds of fancy schmancy crap before the shot, but when the shot starts, the Bullshix stops and it all becomes the same thing to execute a good cast, don't get hung up in the first part of the cast so much other than to be sure you can hit your anchor target...
Think about that for a second- When I started casting, all these different casts, where mind numbing. Big moves off both sides, left, right, downstream wind, upstream wind, river right river left, yada yada, blaugh blaugh-
If a guy goes back to the basics:
1. sets the anchor close and correctly
2. Sweep evenly and smoothly to the fire position
3. Shoots the forecast with evenly accelerating power through the stroke
4. Uses the lower hand.
5. Stop firm
6. And when it all goes to crap, Slow down, SLOW DOWN, SLOW DOOOWWWNNNN, and don't cast so hard !!!!!!! Let that silly stick you just paid a fortune for do some work for you until you know how to manage it- Casts to 80' should/can be nearly effortless-
7. Lastly, timing is everything
One will be surprised how quickly it will come together.
Remember the KISS formula to get the basics and get on your way to being a very good fishing caster if that's what you want-
Build a solid casting foundation , and the cool stuff will come