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In the course of teaching my 10 year old son how to speycast I found a useful tool for my trout fishing this year, a single handed snake roll, I was tossing big flys alot easer with the snake roll, and farther, no more tailing loops. I did get alot of power surges in the line though on the foward delivery, my question is this how do I get rid of them ..............Nate
 

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Nate,

Use a long belly single-hand line: steelhead taper, salmon taper, long cast, etc. These line allow the power to be dissapated over a longer length of line and allow you to spey cast a single-hand rod with 40+ feet of fly line out the tip of the rod.
 

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Nate,
I'm particularly fond of the Rio Steelhead taper (floating line) for single spey casts. Though it doesn't come in the versi-tip format, you may cut it and add tips to enhance your options. The line has a long belly taper that also really mends well when you're using a single hander. John:smokin:
 
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I use the SA Steelhead Taper on my 10' 7wt. and simply love the combination. Prior to learning certain basic spey casts I mostly tolerated the rod, now it is my favorite spring/summer rod and I would be hard pressed to give it up. Maybe because I am not expecting great distances, like with my larger spey rods, I fish more relaxed (confident?), yet I cover so much more water with less concern for obstructions.

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And I should really add that I followed Sinktips advice of last Spring as to where to cut the line and what weight sinktips to use (in this case 6 wt.). By cutting AND spey casting I get to use the tips without the common chuck & duck. Yeah, spey casting the single hander is a given in my book.

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