Casting those itty bitty micro scandi shorties is a lot of fun but I’m saving that for Trout and Bass fishing. For summer Steelhead Spey fishing with floating lines or light sink tips I want to stay proficient with Spey lines whenever possible. I’m fortunate to be working near a river that is conducive to using Spey lines this time of year. There are not a ton of fish yet but I have been spending my time on the water with a couple of old CND GPS lines from which I chopped the rear tapper, and a couple of Anglers Roost 14′ home-built Spey rods that rattle around loose in the front seat of my car this time of year.
I had to re-learn my old nemesis, the left hand up Single Spey, which I have never really grooved, it just comes and goes. My left hand has a mind of its own. I’m working on a few things which have helped me a bunch with that cast. They are as follows:
- Keep my hands closer to my body laterally, during the sweep. This keeps my anchor from getting so far away from me. I have a weird habit of sweeping with my arms out in left field.
- Using just a tad more bottom hand during the sweep, especially the later part, where you really load the rod.
- Sweeping with my body, not my arms.
- Lifting both hands significantly higher after the sweep, together.
Stepping into the cast with my forward foot, which I suck at. Thanks to fishing with Skagit shooting heads, (not that its the prescribed method) I have developed the unfortunate habit of casting with all of my weight on my back foot instead of pushing off with it, onto my front foot and leaning into the cast. This faux pas really causes the cast to peter out early, as you will see in the video below.
Also, I occasionally detect a bit of creep in my windup thingy (or whatever it is I do) to my forward stroke.