Skagit Casting
- Double Spey cast

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Learn the Skagit Double Spey cast

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1 - Starting the Skagit Double Spey cast

Skagit Double Spey is very similar to a normal Double Spey it is designed for use when the wind is coming downstream. Do not attempt this cast when the wind is blowing upstream. The D loop is formed on the downstream side to prevent the caster being endangered by the fly because the wind takes the fly away from the caster. The short head combined with the long double handed rod means that even fast sinking tips can usually be moved upstream without a preparatory roll cast being necessary to bring them to the surface.

1 - The fly is "fished out" ready to make another cast.

2 - Rod is swung upstream moving the fly to the "anchor" position.

3 - The rod circles around the outside then back and upwards to form the D loop before accelerating forward completing the cast.

4 - Final acceleration of the rod tip in a straight line to a stop.

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3 - The rod circles around the outside then back and upwards to form the D loop before accelerating forward completing the cast

With such a short line care has to be taken to prevent the fly being brought too near to the caster when the rod is swung upstream, a rod's length distance downstream from the caster is near enough and the fly must not be moved whilst the D loop is formed and the line is tensioned. If the fly is brought close to the caster or even more dangerously upstream of the caster it is usually best to abort the cast rather than risk being hit by the fly.

Then what follows is effectively a roll cast. The rod is swung around and downstream lifting line continuously from the water under tension whilst the rod tip goes right around the outside before circling up and forward to form the D loop and complete the cast. At no time during this process should any part of the line fall back onto the water surface, this is a sure sign of loss of tension and a common cause of inefficiency. A nicely tensioned D loop with its axis in the opposite direction to the casting direction is perfect. Aim the forward cast slightly upwards in most situations to ensure that the anchor is lifted cleanly.

Skagit Snap or Circle C, Snap T and Snap Z.

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Copyright 2007 Alastair Gowans AAPGAI and FFF Master and THCI, APGAI. All rights reserved.