While I don't need any spey casting lessons, ahum, ahum, as a matter of general interest, what are the most common mistakes made by the average angler while spey casting, and how are they most easily corrected?
As I consider myself as no more than an average Spey caster (still needing instruction, pointers & practice), I feel that one of the most common mistakes in the single Spey cast is correct, repeatable anchor placement.
Without such correct anchor placement, or at least within an acceptable window, then the rest of the cast is more difficult, and in some cases, dangerous or impossible.
"Be you most gentle with your fishing, and even gentler with those you are fortunate enough to capture, as, for a fleeting moment, you will be handling the future parent of the fish that you would wish to cast a fly at tomorrow..."
Malcolm generally reminds me off this whenever we meet ,the high speed thing is what we unpracticed double handers do ,much as when single handed casting we tend to put maximum effert in rather than just enough ! When the casting goes to pot ,I tend to think slow it down and less effort and TAP it out !
never ever let the rod tip dip. It is an old style of teaching to dip the rod tip and takes loads of power out of the cast, plus gives a splashy anchor.
On the sweep around the tip should be ever so slightly rising or even level, but never dipping. Providing the correct application of power on the sweep will allow the line to settle on the anchor possition.
never ever let the rod tip dip. It is an old style of teaching and takes loads of power out of the cast, plus a splashy anchor.
That's exactly what Jocky Monteith told me to do earlier this year, with immediate results.
He also demonstrated that this technique allows the anchor to hit the water in a straight line, pointing in the direction that you wish to put the cast, therefore allowing far less effort to be put into the forward stroke with better results.
Now if only I had the time away from work and a river to practice on, I might just improve
have to agree with gord and wg. Also, other common errors are not starting with the tip at the surface, and 'jerky' movements, these result in less energy to begin with, and being transfered. Keep it sloooow and smoooooooth!!
Well thanks for that, I only dipped the rod tip when casting a short line but will stop that practice and see. When casting a long line I tend to (sort of) jump the line into position, will try taking it back normally and without dropping rod tip.
Sorry not 100% sure what jock told you: dip the tip or always keep it rising?
Sorry Gordon, I should have made that clearer .
His instructions were to "never dip the rod tip". If memory serves, the explanation for this was that by dipping the tip on the sweep, it forces the line to form a "squiggly line" (or perhaps a small heap in my case) for an anchor, which is more difficult to lift from the water on the forward stroke.
I don't remember anything about raising the tip but had a head full of new instructions at the time so may have missed that bit. I'll have a go at a slight raise next time out and see if I can spot the difference. Although, being a little on the green side often makes fault analysis difficult.
Speyblair also hits another point that JM made, always start the lift from as close to the water surface as possible.
Please excuse my terminology, I'll learn eventually
I would never dream of fishing a 15ft sink tip. However if I did, I would shorter the amount of line I would usualy lift with the full floater and plobably roll the line onto the surface before going onto the speycast.
Good stuff, sounds like you have been given some sound instruction.
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