Cack Handed Double Spey

Not my favorite cast.  In fact I’m not exactly sure the last time I tried it if at all. I don’t cast cack handed often but it is fun. Similar to making whoopee over 50 (not miles an hour either) It’s been such a long time that I forgot which way to point my toes at first but it all came back to me after a few failed attempts.  I’m still talking about casting here.

A nice follower requested a video of the cast, which I thought was cool, so I gave her a whirl.  The Skagit head I mean, that’s what I gave a whirl. It was outfitted with a 15′ type 3 Rio Sink Tip and a dumbbell eyed Marabou streamer I tied in the round. The Skagit head I used was a Rio Skagit Short, 525 grain, 20′ shooting head. I think it needs a good stretch as you will soon see.  By the way, I gave a Skagit Flight a good stretch a couple of weeks ago and it broke in my bare hands.  Lucky I wasn’t tangling with the fish of a lifetime. So be careful.  

The 525 grain Skagit short head starring in the video weighs in at 500 grains on my scale. But they say the camera adds 10 lbs anyway so it’s all good.  I don’t care if it’s off 25 grains.  It’s still a pretty good load on the rod, which is a 13’6″prototype I’m working on. I call it a prototype because it sounds mysterious. It is actually an Anglers Roost 14′ 5/6 that I chopped six inches of wiggle off the weeny tip section.  Now the line jumps off the thing. I think it’s a little on the stiff side for most casters but I love it.  I broke the second section down from the tip section last summer, I know there is a name for that section but I can’t remember what rod builders call it. Maybe the b section or the c section. Anyway I broke it and bought a replacement  section for like, 40 or 5o bucks and taped the eyelets on so if I break it again it will be easy to fix. Besides, with a prototype you never know when you might need to change the placement of the guides to enhance performance. 

These casts are the best I could do on short notice.  There are quite a few errors in the casts including slack, which I hate, if you slow down the video, but at my age a little slack is to be expected.  So be gentle with your criticisms because casting cack handed can be a very sensitive issue and also I don’t care.  

I’m too busy working on trying to execute a perfect Scandinavian cast which is such a sexy way to cast that you should check with your doctor first to see if you’re healthy enough to even try it.

If it were a priority I could probably iron the errors out in short order but I’m too busy working on trying to execute a perfect Scandinavian cast which is such a sexy way to cast that you should check with your doctor first to see if you’re healthy enough to even try it. If a casting session lasts longer than 4 hours you may need medical attention but only for the anxiety attacks when you tried for 4 hours and failed.

The Skagit casting is so much fun and relatively easy.  I have a new line to try so I’ll give you a heads up if I can gets some good footage.  The new line almost glows in the dark. Bright colors are perfect for videoing so that’s what I look for in a line these days since there are no fish in the river so to speak.  It’s funny how your priorities change when you get older.

 

2 thoughts on “Cack Handed Double Spey

  1. Hey Tim,
    Nice casting. I ordered the blank from anglers roost, 14′ for 5/6 and will chop 3 inches off to start.
    Will let you know how it feels,
    Keep up the good stuff,
    Jim

    1. Great to hear Jim, thank you very much for the comment. I think you will really like this stick! It’s a good Idea to start off with just nipping a little off the tip and test it as you go, so three inches or even less is a great idea. Let us know how you like it.

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