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Snap C casting problem

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Well, Here it goes. My first post! I have been spey fishing for about a year now and did attend Dana's spey class in BC this past Feb. That really helped me a lot. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on the problem that I have been having with the Snap C cast. I am using a windcutter line with a 15' type 6 head. My problem is with the anchor point and firing target. Most of the time, I make my reverse C and my anchor point is placed somewhere upstream and then I fire a nice cast out, which makes me happy. Sometimes my line fires out and then crosses over itself. Yikes!!!! I am trying to set my target at 90 degree's out. I guess I'm not sure how to figure out where my target is in relation with my anchor point. I know if that my anchor point is close to me I fire at about 45 degrees to prevent this line cross. Am I on the right track here? Maybe someone can explain this to me.

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Two thoughts on this one. First nomenclature, as I understand it, the Snap T and the Snap C are slightly different casts. The end result is the same (especially with a shorter bellied line) but they do differ.

The T (as taught to me several years ago by our own Doublespey) requires the firm snap down the line from the raised position. When I teach this I liken it to the wrist snap at the end of a golf or softball swing. Once you get the hang of snapping the rod tip back down and under the line, you have it.

The C or "pulley" sets up the same but instead of the snap, you draw a C. This action can best be envisioned as pulling on a pulley coming from over the top and then around and back under. This is much easier to get the hang of for beginners.

Both methods will put a downstream line above you and into the anchor position however the C is not as powerful an action so will not handle a long bellied line as well. The advantage it does have over the T is it forces you to get the rod tip lower and reduces the chance of line, leader and fly hitting the rod.

Finally, one cure for the original problem might be to concentrate on tilting the rod tip slightly more upstream on your forward delivery. Too much and you lose power, too little and you catch the line as it rolls out.

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