Spey Rod overhead casting?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Steelie Mike, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. DRBfish

    DRBfish New Member

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    single had lines where 30' heads for a long time. Could you cast with only 10' out? YES! With more than 30' out? Yes. It is just a matter of learning to cast/adjusting your casting stroke.
     
  2. fredaevans

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    In truth, I don't remember the last (or should that be 'first AND last?') time I did an over hand cast with a spey rod. Never saw the necessity of it in the waters I thrash. But that said, it is the 'fishing short' that can be a problem with a (longer) 2-hander. Which is why I usually have a 'single' single hander on the car's rod rack during the winter, and a 'switch rod' during the summer.
    Fred
     
  3. Matt Burke

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    It is essential to work flies starting from 5 feet out to 120, on any line or any style.
     
  4. Salmo_g

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    Spey casting is completely unnecessary on the Pacific NW rivers, unless I want to nearly double the amount of water available to fly fishing. High stream banks, trees and other vegetation prevent backcasting along many a good piece of steelhead holding water. A Spey rod also allows me to keep my fly fishing a greater percentage of the time I'm on the river. Other than that, two handed rods and Spey casting a just a novelty.

    Sincerely,

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  5. Sloan Craven

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    Well, me personally, I can cast both 10 feet and 210 feet on alternating strokes. I can do this simply by adjusting the tension on the reel. To make it intersting I usually do this standing on one foot.
     
  6. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    With 10' of line out on a single hander, I can cast approximately 35-40 feet.... I'm a decent caster, but with single handers there is only so much line that can be shot with the mass of 10' of head provides. With a Skagit head and 10 or so feet of D-Loop, I can cast significantly further and cast perhaps 60+ feet. Personally, when it comes to steelheading, I find it far more effective if I can cover more water.

    -- Cheers
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  7. Sloan Craven

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    I chatted with TIm Rajeff Yesterday after a demo he gave here in Vancouver. There is a Striper line from Airflo that re commends with his scandi style rod for beach casting. He said he was using something like this when he was fishing with you, Mike. From the way he was describing it, it sounds like a fun set up.
     
  8. Hal Eckert

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    Tis the only reason to spey IMHO.

    :beer2:

    BG
     
  9. Matt Burke

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    PolyFuse XT dual layer system - supple inner layer for low memory and a hard highly lubricated outer for slick casting performance
    I am just really hooked on mono or flat mono instead of pvc and I don't care if I do have to grip it with four fingers on the cast.
     
  10. Jay Johnson

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    the lines are actually forty plus two hand beach lines (with integrated ridge running line). sloan, get ahold of mike and ill loan a set up to ya.
     
  11. Sloan Craven

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    Thank's Jay! We should fish sometime, seeing as we live so close.