Skagit casting
- Skagit Snap C or Circle C cast, Snap T and Snap Z casts

Spey casting tuition and instruction

Learn the Snap C, T and Z casts

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Snap T

Skagit Snap T, Snap Z and Circle C. All of these involve two casting movements the first of which is effectively a “snap” to reposition the fly and the second is essentially the same D loop construction and completion as roll cast method used in the Double Spey.

The Snap T involves lifting the rod to a high position out-stream of the caster and accelerating the rod tip downwards in a semi-circular arc or crescent to cause the line to fly over the top of the line and land upstream. The cast takes its name from the movement and unfortunately an over zealous “snap” is likely to result in an undesirable snap of the rod! This cast is specifically designed for short heads and should not be attempted with full length lines because the stroke length of the “snap” is too short to successfully lift the line and achieve suitable anchor placement. The Circle C or Circle Spey as it is sometimes known is much better for longer lines.

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Snap Z

The Snap Z is similar to the Snap T except that the snap is made at an acute downward and reverse direction angle to the lifted line. This allows the line’s direction to be better predicted as it flies upstream and over the rod tip but the method is fairly weak when it comes to lifting a fast sinking tip and repositioning it. Again I would recommend sparing use of this cast. It is completed with a roll casting method similar to the Double Spey.

The Snap C or Circle C is by far the most effective, predictable and therefore most practical and useful of this group and it can often be substituted for a Single Spey cast even with longer lines. This cast I believe came from the repertoire of that very talented steelhead guide John Farrar from Washington State. 

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Snap C

To perform the Circle C part of the cast lift the rod to a high position out-stream and rotate the rod tip in a C shape to a direction below and opposite the direction that you want the line to go into and follow-through with the rod tip to position the line in a half circle layout on the surface. This is the perfect layout to achieve a perfectly tensioned lift of the line to perform the roll cast delivery which is again similar to that used for the Double Spey from which it is obvious that key to successful Skagit casting is the ability to make great Roll Casts! With practice, trying different starting and stopping positions the anchor can be placed almost anywhere with this method to allow simple alignment of the D loop with the forward direction. Skagit Perry Poke.

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