Greg Holt Single Spey cast and commentary including Photographing Spey

(Editors Note)

This is a nice video of  a Single Spey cast by Greg Holt.  For a well delivered singe Spey cast I prefer a rod that is a tad on the stiff side personally.  The rod Greg is using in this particular Single Spey cast is a 14′ 5/6 Anglers Roost that he “hotrodded” by adding a slightly stiffer tip and custom building a one foot extension into a new butt section.  Its a very cool project.  If it interests you contact me and I will get you the details.  It’s fun and easy to do if your a handy guy like Greg and it gives you the perfect flex profile for that perfect Sinlge Spey Cast. I have the stock model of this rod and its one of my favorites.  My nexts upgrade will be the slight “turbo tip” addition….Tim Rawlins

Greg Holt Commentary:  That anchor is the absolute lightest that can be achieved with the low end of the grain window and my style of cast, though it should have been forward some more and the sweep could have been flatter.

If you do everything else right, the forward cast is effortless, with little change of “weight” in the hands or change of bend in the rod.

What I wanted to show you was the flex profile of the new rod configuration and the  minimum counter-flex at launch. The rod recovers with only a single reflex, then remains straight. The old 5/6 tip would bounce a few times. I’ve had tighter loops, but there are almost no shock waves in this one, which indicates the correct amount and timing of force application. Gradual acceleration.

The other thing I noticed is how much the rod tip actually comes down at launch to clear a path for the forward loop. I don’t drop my hands as much as others, and no two casts come off exactly the same when you’re going for distance. The upward sloping and straight path of the sharp loop indicates line inertia, which is a good thing.



6 7 powerspey 57 foot 15078 ARE single slo mo clipped from on Vimeo.

Details: 6/7 500 grain 57 foot Rio Powerspey integrated head, Are 15056 with 7/8 tip section, 15 foot nylon leader, light fly. Distance cast near 120 feet to fly.

As for the videography, Greg threw me some great tips…

If you manage to: a) get the light behind you, b) get the camera low enough to contrast the line against a background of correct darkness (trees in this case), and c) frame the shot properly (which I could not do correctly because I was working alone), you’ll get a good result….(editors note: He did.)


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