Thanks for posting the video Peter, reminds us of the usefulness of single hand spey casting using gear we already have on hand.I was doing single hand spey casts as a teenager years before I knew there was such a thing as spey casting.
Everything about fly fishing becomes intuitive after a few years of doing it. The constant need for making long castss with no back cast room will lead people to spey casting....
One thing I want to do is test my theory that a single hand spey cast with a haul will out preform a two handed cast with the same rod.
i guess that was my long way of saying that single hand spey casting is very cool
I was out today with an Ambush 7WF in close quarters - no room for a back cast overhead with more than a few feet over hang and shooting out to roughly 50 feet. Im making controlled stripped/twitched retrieves right up to the back taper. Im tucked in so tight that lifting rod too high or sweeping too wide for a set-up and tip will hit obstructions. When setting up the anchor, a haul will bring it in close without having to extend nearly as much. The haul isn't as pronounced going into the D loop as the forward cast, but Im deliberate in doing it.Interested in understanding your fishing situation where the haul into the D-Loop is needed.
Single hand Spey for me is strictly a limited backcast thing. Using either a short line when really tight or a longer line when there's a bit more room, but always where an overhead cast won't easily work. I know about bow & arrow or steeple casts as options, but prefer a Spey cast.
If there's room for overhead, I go overhead.
I think I'm just as accurate with single-handed spey casts (or two-handed for that matter) as I can be with overhand casts. For me, I just have to get the feel for the line and then I'm good to go. I was out a few evenings ago fishing an Elk Hair Caddis to rising trout using my 5wt SH rod lined with a Scientific Anglers VPT line. I felt like I was able to drop the fly exactly where I wanted it, most of the time. I was moving back and forth between overhand and spey casts.Just a quick question for all who Participated? Do you think you are as accurate with the Spey as the OH cast? I know I am not but that doesn't mean others are not! Thanks slack