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    Default Spey Casting?

    what is the difference between Spey Casting and, well...just casting a fly rod?

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    Spey casting is a hybrid of roll casting and "normal" casting which enables very quick changes of direction and casting in confined spaces. Some of the casts are "jump roll casts" and some are like roll casts with an extra large D-loop. What all spey casts have in common is an "anchor" of some sort, where the leader/fly is in contact with the water as the forward cast is initiated.

    They can all be done with single hand rods if you want, but most of the information you'll find out there is based on using two handed rods.

    Cheers,
    Graeme
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    (Formerly known as Kalgrm)

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    Default Re: Spey Casting?

    To me, the main difference between the two styles, is fly casting mainly is linear motion......straight overhead, straight away roll cast, or straight waterload.
    Spey is circular......
    Which was a nice change after 30 or so years of casting...........
    Casting the "old" way had become totally boring, and I was ready to give up fishing.......
    Spey has opened up a whole world of fun for me.
    And dry fly fishing on a shorter stick was a rebirth with all the new casts.
    Every year I help guys convert to Spey....and many never go back.....
    Why leave flies in bushes.......?

    Jim
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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    There are also 3 kinds of spey casting, Traditional, Scandi, and Skagit
    as explained by Steve Rajeff. I am not a spey caster but from listening to podcasts, Skagit is supposedly the easiest to learn.

    Steve Rajeff discusses the 3 styles here:
    Steve Rajeff
    Scagit Casting
    Regards,

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    The casts themselves are the same with each of the styles mentioned by Steve Rajeff: it's really just the length of the head that changes. And the casts in the "Spey family" can be made with any line and any rod (except the hauled Speys, called "turbo spey" by Simon Gawesworth. These need a single hand rod.)

    Cheers,
    Graeme
    IFFF Certified Casting Instructor

    (Formerly known as Kalgrm)

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    April Volkey discusses the development of Skagit casting and lines with Jerry French.

    YouTube

    This interview with Jerry French discusses his part in developing the Intruder series of flies.

    YouTube
    Regards,

    Silver



    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratherfish View Post
    what is the difference between Spey Casting and, well...just casting a fly rod?
    Regards,

    Silver



    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver creek View Post
    There are also 3 kinds of spey casting, Traditional, Scandi, and Skagit
    as explained by Steve Rajeff. I am not a spey caster but from listening to podcasts, Skagit is supposedly the easiest to learn.

    Steve Rajeff discusses the 3 styles here:
    Steve Rajeff
    Scagit Casting
    Podcast?? - please do tell....

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