Not many fish in the rivers but I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the lengthening days and get some casting practice in. I picked up a Scientific Anglers Skagit head and wanted to compare it to my trustee Rio Skagit Short. Plus, the SA head is bright orange and I was hoping it…Continue reading Scandinavian Spey Casting and Skagit Casting Practice…Slowing down the Lift.
Gimme’ a week or two and I’ll clean up my forward stroke. Or at least make it look like I’m not suffering an infarction everytime I pull with my bottom hand. Ok, so there are eleven winter Steelhead that have made it up the river in my home away from home waters and there…Continue reading Scandinavian Casting Journey Continued
I’m using a 14′ ARE 5/6 and Rio Scandi body with a 15′ floating Skagit tip and an approximately 10′ mono leader. The floating tip is a couple sizes too big so it causes some hinging and also reveals the importance of keeping the anchor light.
I had the opportunity to capture a few of my attempted Scandinavian Spey Casting loops from a distance on video this week showing both the D loop and the forward loop. You can also see my anchor placement. A few things you might notice: A high stop. Maybe a little too high. I will now…Continue reading Some Scandi Casting Loops, Faults, Fixes and Improvements.
Here is what Janusz Panicz had to say about my Some things I’ve learned about Scandinavian Spey Casting video. It is about the line speed. This speed is generated at the end of the forward cast by pulling with your bottom hand toward your belly. It’s the underhand that generates speed. If you were to push…Continue reading What I’ve learned about Scandi Casting Part Duex.
Here is my most recent video with commentary from Janusz Panicz Watched your recent videos shot from behind you. Verdict is: you drop your hands prior to forward cast. You should let the upper hand move down/follow the curve of the rod angle… but this should be a part of the forward…Continue reading The Scandinavian Spey Cast from behind.
Its all a work in progress. Here is a cast showing upper Body Rotation and some Music to Drowned out the Rod Noise….Its not a perfect cast. I broke it down as I talked myself through a cast saying something like: Lift, push with your bottom hand, sweep with your body. I did not…Continue reading Tip of the Day: Sweep with your body.
Janusz Panicz is a Spey caster and fisherman from Poland. He has a unique and amazing style that largely incorporates his bottom hand. He refers to it as Modern Scandinavian Spey casting. He has taken me under his wing and been a great help in my learning to cast Scandi Style I will share part…Continue reading Janusz Panicz
I figure eighted a little wading belt around my arm and wrist and this is the results. I had it a little tight, but it helped me use my bottom hand a little more and rely on top hand a little less.
Ok. I can not do a cast without using my top hand. A lot of top hand. Can’t make myself do it. Throughout this entire process of trying to learn what I call Modern Scandinavian casting I have discovered that my top hand is quite a crutch. Out of the hundreds of casts I’ve made…Continue reading Modern Scandinavian Spey Casting: Progress report: There is no progress.