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Snap C casting problem

3574 Views 16 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  beau purvis
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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Welcome. You appear to be on the right track with thinking about the relationship of the anchor point and your casting direction. Just thinking about the physics of the cast explains why you get the tailing loop. The trick of course is to get so comfortable with your line set-up that you can place the anchor in the correct position every time. With a wind-cutter that should be relatively easy as you are always casting with the same amount of line outside the tip (unlike with long-belly lines). The type 6 head will complicate things a bit, but you should be able to time it.

In my experience, especially when guys are first starting out, tailing loops as you describe can be a result of "over-hitting" the cast. Possibly as a result of not being comfortable with your technique you are compensating by putting way too much force into the forward cast - this will result in a tailing loop. I will find this happening when I'm casting an unfamiliar rod - especially a softer one until I get used tio it and slow down, or if I'm casting a line with a very short belly as I normally fish longer bellies which require a longer motion.

My sugestion is that you focus on a short crisp forward motion, try to get the bottom hand involved by pulling back with it as your top hand goes forward (the "Underhand cast"). I know that when I cast short bellies I'm always amazed at how little movement is actually required to launch the line. The bottom line - I think is get out there and practice! Good luck I hope this helps a bit.
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So Doug, you hoped for a little help - I hope this isn't more than you bargained for! However, this is the kind of thing you can expect as part of this board, a bunch of helpful people (sometimes we even know a thing or two)!

Seriously, I hope something here helps and I still think the most important thing you can do is get out there and practice. I don't mean go fishing - you will not be practicing - you will be fishing! As hard as it may be - don't put a fly on (just yarn will do), you could even make up a grass leader and practice on dry land. Get out there and fool around with some of the suggestions and figure it out for yourself - it sounds to me that you are basically on the right track anyway.
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