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I was out fishing yesterday and was working on some single hand Spey casts. It made me wonder if using both hands on a 9' rod has any drawbacks? I tried it a couple of times, and it seemed to work fine. Is this hard on the fighting butt? I know it's not as big as the bottom handles on switch and spey rods. Does a haul make more sense than the second hand? Thanks for any input.
 

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In my experience, spey casting with a single hand rod is designed to make a modest cast out of a cramped environment, just something better than a roll cast.
 
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I think the double haul is better, although I have played around with a single-spey cast with a single haul to shoot more line out. Works in a cramped environment as Nooksack Mac said, where you have obstacles that prevent your backcast, but not my first choice to cast...
 
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I've been considering one of the comando skagit lines for my 10ft 6wt, mainly though so I can fish a sink tip and heavier flies with my 6wt.
For normal sized flies and room to cast I can't see much reason to do spey casts with a single hand rod.
 

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I can double haul and shoot almost any fly line with a roll cast. WFs, DTs, and short shooting heads.

It's completely possible. You REALLY have to get after it, if you put on a heavy fly though.
 

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Thanks for all the info! Would using two hands (maybe less efficient) do any harm to the fighting butt? I'm imagining it's put on pretty well and is meant to be pulled on that way, but I don't want to get out of line with it. Thanks again!
 

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"For normal sized flies and room to cast I can't see much reason to do spey casts with a single hand rod."

One viable reason is instant major change of direction. Use the spey as a 'set-up' cast, then with all lined up, pick it up into single backcast and out she goes.
 

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"For normal sized flies and room to cast I can't see much reason to do spey casts with a single hand rod."

One viable reason is instant major change of direction. Use the spey as a 'set-up' cast, then with all lined up, pick it up into single backcast and out she goes.
Bingo!
Works like a charm and picks up more line than a regular roll cast.

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