I new to the spey game, so what are Skagit Casting & Underhand Casting and why/when are the utilized?
I think the answer is "it depends." Many anglers take an interest in the various casting styles and would like to understand the similarities and differences among them, but I don't think that this knowledge is essential for everyone who casts a two-handed fly rod. One of the things I've been all about is demystifying spey casting and making it accessible and understandable in the best way that I can to anyone who is interested. I think it is fun to know about all the different styles and the casts associated with them, but I don't think you need all of this info to fish with a two-hander and have a good time doing it.Anadromous said:"It is important to understand how the different styles work"
Out here over the last few years I have seen far fewer examples of this than previously. I think tackle shops have really taken an interest in understanding spey casting and have worked hard to make sure that their customers leave with something that works. In some ways I think speycasting can be more difficult to learn than overhead casting--there would seem to be more variables to deal with when speycasting--so I think it is important for new casters to get competent instruction early on.Whorwood said:Unfortunatly, too often as instructors we see totally unbalanced equipment, rods and lines that don't match, making this so difficult for the beginner that they get frustrated and quit.