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Fishing: What casts?

6096 Views 31 Replies 22 Participants Last post by  Klem
I'm very new to fishing with a two-handed rod. I'm curious to know what casts you use the most when fishing? My knowledge is limited. I'm guessing that things like belly length and line type matter. I've been told (and read, and taught) that factors like the side of the river you are on and the direction of the wind make a difference.

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I agree with Sink tip if using short lines such as the WC, Delta or even shorter skagit lines I think the double is easier and more forgiving than the Snake. Once you go to long bellies I prefer the snake for most river right/downstream wind casts.
I think someone who truly understands fly casting with a single handed rod and can easily go from a long stroke method (such as Lefty's style for distance) and a short stroke method ( such as Steve and Tim R) can fairly easily work between spey casting types whereas someone just starting out in flyfishing and picking up a two handed rod will have significantly more difficulties and should stick with a single style first just as he should work on very specific elements in casting a single handed rod. Certainly, even and advanced caster when practicing should pick a certain element and concentrate on that for the practice session.

I'm not sure there is a big discrepancy in what RA and Scott are saying. The differences in styles are not huge but even little things can either make or kill a cast as RA suggested about the lift at the end of the sweep.
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