Does anyone have a practice session that they would recommend to help perfect speys. I tend to focus on single right hand up then left hand up but very seldom vary this and yet my progress as a caster seems to be very slow. Any suggestions would be welcome
One thing I teach in my classes is (on river left for the right hand caster) single spey the line out, then double spey it back downstream again.
Regarding the single spey practice that you are doing, do you have an objective in mind for each session? It is often better to focus on one thing with one hand up for a session rather than try and do a number of things or practice changing hands. Even when we are fishing we don't usually switch hands without a good break in between (even switching beats usually requires a walk that gives us a break from casting and time to think through the new casting situation).
It is also possible that you have reached plateau in your learning that will require new insights to overcome. If you find that a focus on one thing per session (for example anchor placement one session, the loop control on another session, etc) doesn't help you along, consider the services of a qualified instructor in your area. A few hours of good instruction can give you the new knowledge and skills to progress.
I do not use my spey rod for fishing, well maybe one or two days a year, but I want to be an advanced spey caster so I try to practice at least once a week in the winter for a hour or so and more often in the summer. What you are suggesting makes sense and would probably make life more interesting, break down the cast and practice an element the hardest part for me is getting the right touch down. I live in Scotland and a few times a year go to an APGAI instructor.
I hour a week probably isn't enough time to get good at anything, much less being an advanced speycaster. I have been working at it at least 3 times a week for 90 mins to 2 hours at a time and am just hoping to get proficient. Forget advanced! Maybe after a year or so of this. This repetition is where your form gets worked out and things are revealed to you. you do something over and over and little subleties start to show themselves to you, like how to get the anchor to slide ride into the same place time and again without piling up, how much of a flat pull into your D loop actually sets up a pointed loop without messing up your anchor, etc, etc.. Repetition will allow you to do these things and know whats going on without thinking about it, allowing you to worry about some other points of your casting that suck
Dana, thanks for the tips, I hadn't been concentrating on just 1 thing for a while, like loop formation, then another for a while, like anchors. I'll try it. I think my problem is that I'm trying to put it all together and then realize what's not right with several aspects of my cast at one time. :eyecrazy:
you can practice your spey casts whilst fishing trout ,yesterday had a fish free day on Grafham ,howling gale coming of miy right shoulder a reversed double spey was putting out a DT5 as far as convential ,WF 7s were and fishing a loong leader with three flys --no tangles .
I find every time I,m on the river or lake a few roll casts and contrived rolls catches me the odd extra fish that are used to people leaving flys in the tree thats always behind your back cast .
Since starting the single handed practice ,my DH work is much better .
I live 5-minutes from a perfect spey casting area. River left with a lagoon on the back side. Approximately 300 degrees casting radius. Shallow wade for 10' out so I can have great anchor water for all casts. My Daily Routine is: Switch cast both right and left hands with 70- 80' of line; dead line roll cast R/L hands to work on the stop and involving BOTH hands; double spey around the horn left hand and back around the horn right hand; left hand snake roll around the horn and back with right hand. circle cast and snap-T around the horn and back; Perry Poke with both right and left hands; then work on distance and shooting line with both hands. Cool down with short casts and good tight loops. Each practice session I work on one objective with all cast, i.e., anchor, pick-up move or etc.. I also single-hand cast with both hands all spey casts and overhead. What I have found is my non-dominate hand (left) is getting stronger and more comfortable with each passing month. My basic Philosophy is: practice with concentration so I can fish with confidence and comfort.
Klem "the perpetual student"
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