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chrome-magnon man
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By now your left handed casting should be coming along nicely. You should be getting comfortable making fishable length casts off your left side (ride side for the left handed caster) and be working on adding distance with a goal of 100ft.

Here are a few questions to think about:

What have you learned about casting by casting off handed?

What came easily? What was difficult?

What skills did you find that you needed to focus on?

What I’d like to focus on now is ultra short casting with a two-hander. Here are your tasks:

1. make Speycasts with just the leader out the rod tip. Leader must turn over.
2. make Speycasts with the leader and 10ft of line out the rod tip.
3. make Speycasts with the leader and 20ft of line out the rod tip.

The purpose of this is to get you comfortable with altering your casting stroke length and power application—and perhaps even your style—so that you can make the casts. There is as much to be learned from very short casts as from very long casts, and I want you to realize those lessons.

Begin your short line casting with the same sequence you would use to learn the casts. Start with a Roll Cast, then Switch Cast, then a Single Spey, then a Circle Cast. Then try a Double Spey.

No cheating now—the goal is to make Spey casts with these line lengths, not overhead casts. The leader must touch down.

There are a bunch of things that you can do to accomplish this, and it does get easier as you start to add line to the casts, but rather than deny you the opportunity to develop your own insights I will simply assign these tasks and then give you some suggestions in a few weeks.
 

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As promised, here are some suggestions (hopefully you've figured out many of them on your own by now!):

1. use a sidearm cast so that your rod tip is closer to the water. experiment with how close to make it work.

2. experiment with stroke length. while it might seem like a short stroke would be better (short line, short stroke say the casting experts) sometimes a longer stroke is better!

3. pay close attention to the amount of power you are using and how you are applying it during the stroke. to cast leader only you'll need to use just the right amount of power, and apply it very, very smoothly.

4. keep the rod tip in constant motion. don't stop as you form a D loop; instead, keep it going to maintain tension in the leader/line.

5. watch your leader length. no one said you had to do this with a 20ft leader! if it isn't working, shorten up until it does. then once you are able to spey cast only the leader, start adding more and more leader until you find the longets leader length that works. then start adding some line to the cast.
 
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