Fly fishing - Spey casting instruction, learning to Spey cast
- completing the Single Spey

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Single Spey casting two handed (page 2 of 2)

Most beginners find that the hardest part of making a good Spey cast is putting the anchor (the fly, leader and a small amount of line) in the correct location for a successful forward cast. The anchor must be upstream of the D loop and ideally it should be almost in line with the direction of the forward cast.

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Making the D loop

Making the D loop is really a gentle affair, too much energy at this stage and the line will go whistling upstream without making that all important touchdown for the anchor. No anchor and the D loop cannot be tensioned for the forward cast.

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Making the forward cast

Once the D loop is formed the rest is easy. Here you see the drive of the forward cast, like all Spey casts the rod is accelerated by pushing with the top hand and pulling with the bottom hand, a true double handed action.

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Completing the cast

The cast should be aimed high (unless a strong upstream wind is blowing) and the rod tip must be moved in a straight line if the forward loop is to be kept tight to penetrate the wind.

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The line is allowed to extend

Shooting line to obtain greater distances is essential when Spey casting and the usual principles apply. Line is lengthened by releasing spare line immediately after the power stroke is completed. For a visual key, look for the forward loop of line passing the rod tip, that is the time to release (shoot) line into the cast. The amount of energy put into the forward cast has to be increased slightly to take account of any additional length of line being shot.

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