- Essential cast for straightening slack line
- Often used to lift heavy flies and sink tips to the surface
- Teaches the key spey casting principles
- Note – always keep D-loop downwind of body by altering which shoulder you cast from.
- The cast requires very little space behind you.
- It’s a great cast to practice the forward stroke, power application and creating narrow efficient loop shapes
- Limited change of direction
- Limited in casting distance
- Stand in a comfortable position facing your target down stream with the rod tip at the water. Righthand uppermost then right foot forward and vice versa.
- Hold the rod with a nice loose relaxed grip
- Lift the rod upwards until the rod is at 45 degrees in front of you
- Begin a slow backwards movement dragging the fly and line slowly through the water, with the rod angled slightly outwards this is called the sweep
- As the D-loop begins to form behind you shoulder lift your upper hand into the key casting position
- As the D-loop just begins to sag beneath the rod tip deliver the forward cast.
- Forward cast is a smooth acceleration to a positive stop using both hands pushing and pulling the rod through a straight line path.
- With forward cast aim close to and parallel to the anchor in front of you on the open side.
- No load in the rod – D-loop has not formed behind the rod tip
- Link stick (too much line in the water and the forwards cast results in the line ripping off the water noisily) – Anchor is behind you because the line left the water or the rod tip has gone too far back and there is an insufficient D-loop.
- Collision loop (the line collides with itself on the forward delivery) – The forward cast has crossed the anchor.
- Large open forward loop shape – The rod tip as travelled forwards in a big arc rather than a straight line path.