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I will have a few new clips up in the next few weeks that should answer a few more questions:

  • how to tape a spey
  • roll cast vs switch cast
anything else you'd like to see specific to the nuts & bolts of spey casting?
 

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Dana,

Some guidelines for newcomers to use for help in deciding what 2-hander(s) to consider to purchase that would suit their needs in order to give them a starting point for seeking more information through asking pertinent questions we experienced folk could answer. This would help them get better info faster.
 

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Dana, HUGE hugs to you for your time this weekend ..

on the 'under handed cast.' As noted, the film clip is too short (for me anyway) to get a clue on the 'who, what, when and where.'

20 minutes with you this weekend was a great eye opener on the 'how simple/how complex' this cast is to execute. In context, complex as you have to 'un-learn' the wrist snap with the up rod hand and let the lower/butt hand 'do it's thing.'

(An aside: Dana really is a darned GOOD instructor. I'm very left brained (? Bob M did I get that right?) and he pulled the thing apart with grand expertise.

Guy is very, very very cool with a block head as a 'student.'
:whoa: :hehe:
 

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Hey Fred!

It was great to finally meet you and do some casting together!

While I certainly do appreciate the kind words about my teaching skills (cheque is in the mail!), I truly believe that my job is to simply remind a student of things they already know, and that it is a responsive student that makes a teacher look good. You picked things up very quickly, and now all it will take is a little practice to reinforce things and you'll be throwing those shooting heads like a Viking!

Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
 

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Dana, if you're looking to create a 'primer' for spey casts, may I suggest looking at the 'online tuition' section of Eoin Fairgrieve's site - although as a member of the Loop team I'm sure you know it already.

Your existing video clips are excellent, but to my eye they are targetted at the experienced caster who wants to polish his technique, or those who are interested in comparing different styles among experienced casters.

I very much like the way Eoin has set his site out, with a page describing the motions that go into each cast, coupled with a video clip. A complete beginner can follow the learning process step by step, starting with the formation of the D-loop and progressing through simple roll and switch casts to the single spey and then the more complicated casts. Tuition on the water is obviously the best way to learn, probably followed by video with the benefit of commentary, but I reckon Eoin's site has the best basic instruction I've found on the net - at the moment :devil:
 

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You asked for a specific suggestion
"anything else you'd like to see specific to the nuts & bolts of spey casting?"
and I have one.

I am a very visual learner and would find it very helpful to have a diagram, basic and not flowery , of an overhead view showing the fisherman, rod tip, grip, current, direction of cast, and landing area in a double spey.

It could be sketched freehand, scanned, and included.

It is too early in my learning cycle to have very good questions but anything you can provide in this regard would help.

Jeff
 

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Dana,

Yes, this is the type of info I was referring to. I think it would benefit newcomers even more if you included more info on line size and rod length to river size info and info on short-belly, mid-belly, long-belly differences and why a newcomer should avoid the long-belly lines to begin their learning.

Nonetheless, the article you referenced is a great start.
 
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