spey Casting - 101  Craig Lannigan


Spey Casting 101 Craig Lannigan

dclann@cableone.net208 746-3770

Spey fishing is graceful, elegant, artistic, and relaxing. Spey casting is extremely efficient and fun. Single and double spey casts depend on the principle that the "D" loop direction is changed to approximate the direction of the forward cast.

Balanced Rod, Reel, and Line

Slow rods (traditional spey) vs. fast rods (Scandinavian/European)

Integrated lines:

Long belly lines (double taper/long weight forward) 70’ – 120’

Mid belly lines (long wt forward)55’ – 70’

Short belly lines (short wt forward)42’ – 55”

Shooting heads: standard 30’

Scandi (Scandinavian) 35’ - 52’

Scandi compact 25’ - 34’

Skagit (Pacific Northwest) 30’

Skagit compact 25’

Basic Spey Casting – Start with a clean line!

Single spey – wind upstream, anchor upstream

The Single Spey is a 'Momentary Anchor' cast and is suited to no wind or upstream wind.

Double spey – wind downstream, anchor downstream

The Double Speycast is a 'Sustained Anchor' Cast and is suited for no wind or downstream wind.

Left river

Right river

Line control (downstream with tight line to rod)

1    Lift

2    Sweep anchor point

3    Anchor - D loop (slow the motion) Timing and placement are critical

4    Stroke (faster motion, then STOP)

    Pop!(leader will straighten presenting the fly)

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