Underhand casting (single
and double handed)
|Goran Andersson the inventor of the Underhand cast
The Underhand cast was invented by Goran Andersson, an excellent
angler and caster from Sweden. Underhand casting uses the same D loop
method that Roll Casts and Spey Casts use but the method of loading the
rod is quite different for two reasons. Underhand casting is especially
suited for using shooting heads and indeed that was how Goran invented
it. If you would like underhand casting instruction or tuition Ally Gowans
in Scotland is quite an expert on this cast. The principle is to use a
shooting head of the appropriate length for the rod to form the D loop,
during which time the comparatively short head is entirely suspended between
the rod tip and the surface of the water, the necessary "anchor"
being provided by the fly and leader alone. Because the "anchor"
is minimised the line lifts very easily during the cast and the whole
process when properly executed is very efficient.
In order to achieve a high line speed over a comparatively
short forward stroke a fairly fast actioned rod is best. In traditional
Spey and Roll casting the energy is delivered to the rod by both hands,
during the Underhand cast most of the movement is produced by the lower
(or under hand) in the case of the double handed casts, and by forward
hauling during the single handed casts.
Disadvantage of the Underhand Cast is the retrieval and
management of the shooting line. Its advantages are that it is efficient,
and especially so with sinking lines and it allows the angler to travel
light because the shooting heads are joined to the running line by loops
and a range of lines of different types can easily be put into a pocket.
My Underhand casting outfits almost always travel with me because of this
| Underhand casting demonstrated by Ally Gowans
I have been teaching the Underhand casts for several years
now and I think that everyone who has tried it has been impressed by its
efficiency and their own performance and become keen to learn more about
it. Although it is best to use optimised tackle, Underhand casting can
be practiced with any rod and line combination and it is a very useful
addition to the anglers armory. The Underhand cast combined with a variety
of line densities offers anglers an amazing amount of choice and the possibility
of casting well in very restricted spaces. I'm not sure that everyone
will desire to use the Underhand cast but that is their loss because its
well worth learning.