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The double-spey (off the left shoulder)
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-- Introduction
different styles
the grip
shooting line
power snap
loop shape
across the wind
into the wind
with the wind
side casting
underhand cast
Belgian cast
different lifts
backcast shoot
basic roll cast
roll cast variations
off the shoulder
dynamic roll
Spey Casting
double right
double left
single right
single left
spey fishing
switch cast
snake roll
fly first
mending line
bow and arrow
rotating thumb
tip kicks

The rule for this cast is: keep the fly downwind. Scenario: true left bank, downstream wind.

Everything as for the right-shoulder is now reversed. You have two ways of executing this cast: you can either cast with your left hand, or use the right hand - if you can use the left: then use the left, otherwise the cast is slightly more awkward. If you have to cast using the 'wrong' hand, good tips are: rotate your grip on the rod so that the back of the hand is on top, and emphasise the waist movement.

Make a lift, sweep the rod tip upstream to your right, switch the line downstream using the half-moon dip, hit the roll.

If you find yourself practising these casts on a stillwater, put the wind behind you and alternate the casts, so that you cast right shoulder, left shoulder, right shoulder etc. and remember to reposition your feet for every cast (this really helps).

Casting further with the double-spey:

You can make the double-spey more efficient by either shooting line and/or hauling. There are three places you can shoot line:

  • upstream: at the end of the upstream stroke, try shooting a couple more yards of line, which you will then send back round into the D-loop (as you start sending greater amounts of line back into the D-loop you will have to start finishing the switch with a more pronounced upwards flick (which will give you a pointed D-shape))

    For seriously big D-loops you are going to need (a) a double taper line and (b) to lift the arm as you send the line into the D - if you lift the arm into the stop, you must then drop the elbow to get your thumb level with your ear before you start the roll cast (otherwise all you will end up doing is casting the line down on to the water, immediately in front of you, with an impressive, but not particularly effective, crash)

  • into the D-loop itself: it is possible but the timing has to be precise

  • into the forward cast; as in all roll casts

The obvious place for the haul is in the forward cast just as we are building up to the stop. However, you can put short hauls into all parts of the cast: the lift, the upstream reach and the switch. Frankly I have never found all of these to be absolutely necessary - but you never know...