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Poll: Back-handed or Left-handed

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When you find yourself on the "wrong" side of the river do you cast back-handed or do you switch hands and cast "left-handed" (assuming your're right-handed)?

I always wanted to be an ambidextrous caster but it remain a goal at this point. I cast back-handed instead of switching hands most of the time.
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Like you, I have a strong preference for the single spey, whatever bank I am on.
For a period during the 80-s, I and some friends leased a beat in Norway that only was right bank. (Back then such a beat normallly was half the price of what the opponents on the left bank payed. Especially if the right one was steep and overgrown.)
One of us was lefthanded and had a distinct bonus. It was so frustrationg to see him in easy action that I decided to only fish left handed for a while. It was testing at first but after a few days it all worked out. Since I almost prefer the right bank, as the competition appears to be slightly less.

I agree with Kush, and others, that the ""backhand" solves meny situations - but it will never be more than a compromise to me.

In Underhand casts it actually is beneficial to have the strongest hand at the butt, as that cast relies on a push in the upper hand simultanious with an even stronger pull in the butt. For old dogs like me it is hard to get that right with the dominant hand uppermost - it still is used to when long and heavy lines had to be whacked out with brutal force......

My best advice is to practice the left hand casting. Do it at first in those right bank runs that best are covered with shorter casts - then one doesn't feel that any time really is lost.

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Ever since I saw you whacking those great spiral rolls out at the Fraser I have felt humble....
Still I am certain that the ability to cast freely with both hands is desirable.

As for hockey:" it always is easiest to fight the bear when he is fresh out of the den......." (an old Swedish saying)

The best way to cope with too dominant a upper hand when learning Underhand casts is to lower the grip. Put the upper hand just above the reel-seat and try to cast. The upper hand then not will get much leverage - the only way to get the line out is to work the butt.

Once the lower hand has gotten the message one can to start to search for a correct upper grip. Fot me it is about 4 inches lower down the cork than when casting long lines.

If the going gets sloppy again - lower the hand a bit and start all over again.

I remember so well when I fished with John Randolph and Trey Combs on the Yokanga in Russia, some years ago. John was complaining over his casting that he felt to be rusty. I instinctively asked him to lower the upper grip, and "whosh!" he had it all flying like a dream again. I mention it as it was the first time I clearly saw where the problem was. Try - it really works!!

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