In a further attempt to run before I can walk I was reading with interest an article about the extra work required to rollcast sink tips to the surface before a single spey and came across a discussion on a cast which sounded like it used the beginning of a snake roll to bring the sinktip up, with the rotation of a single spey to arrive at a traditional single spey anchor point.
The article called it the 3M cast (Mark Miller Maneuver ) and was on Speypages in 2002.
I fish with sink tips and would be interested if anyone could explain to me how this works. Although my single spey is still shoddy, my snake rolling is coming on a treat and if there was a continuous motion to get to a single spey anchor which avoids roll casting I'd like to give it a shot.
I was taught a similar cast in the 80's - called the Blackwater Loop. There was supposed to be a video of it (long before youtube!), but I never did manage to get a copy.
If I remember correctly, it was Connie Corcoran out of the Blackater Lodge, Co. Waterford, Eire, and I was shown this initially with a specially cut & spliced floating line as it was easier to teach with the floater, but it would be equally applicable to the s'tipped lines.
"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..."
Thanks for that, looks like the description certainly, must take a careful balance to keep the spiral in a fairly straight line, would imagine a lot of lateral movement would make the anchor a bit trickly to land....hmm, cant really picture how this will work out, will just have to give it a go!
Mike, Will have a look for the backwater loop too & will let you know if I find anything.
Oh ye of little faith. No need to fear, I'm out tomorrow on a beat with plenty of room so should have most of the rough edges taken off before I see you. You might want to practice ducking and recovering flies from trees in the meantime though....just in case.
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