Perry Poke Skagit Cast – Ed Ward Style

As far as the Perry Poke goes I usually pitch a wedge of line way out in front of me and cast it more like Ed Wards Snap T.  I find it a very powerful cast for creating line speed used by some great casters such as George Cook and Josh Lynn.

I love the cast but for me, it takes great timing to pull off the wedge cast with super big ugly fly’s and tips and I resort to a high slow sweep for casting junk, the double spey is my favorite for two-handed rods.

Recently Ed Ward made a video about the Perry poke and reiterated that the poke is basically just a dump and the line is not pitched or poked way out in front of the caster. Also, the anchor is set to the side and the rear whereas I usually set the anchor way out in front for the wedge pitch, poke cast I like.

I had the opportunity to cast some heavy junk on a Beulah Platinum #7 switch rod and the only way I could pull it off with any pizazz  was to implement the Ed Ward dump style Perry Poke where I did not pitch the anchor way out in front but let it go behind a bit and kept my poke closer to me.

I had to totally redline the sweep in out and around Skagit fashion using staunch continuous motion into the forward cast to create any line speed and distance and a decent loop.  I found it to be the best cast with this setup.


I felt pretty under-gunned with the little switch rod and tested the far outer limits of payload for this little twig. This was the max for me and I would not add one grain of weight and be happy fishing it.  As it was I hated it until I played with it enough to figure the cast out.

In the end, I could enjoy fishing this unit as it was but only because of the continuous motion, out and around, Perry Poke (dump) Skagit cast.  Single Spey and switch cast could do it, as well other sustained anchor casts I’m sure, but the Dump was the most fun and worked the best for me.

As an aside, The Beulah Platinum is a sports car and possibly the ultimate Scandi Rod for a Switch for creating linespeed when lined lighter like this rod, should be.  OPST recommends 325 Grains. I think that would be sweet.  We lined it with a 425 Rio Skagit Short which was way too heavy for my liking until I figured how to cast it.

The store sold the rod with a 480 switch chucker, to which we attached a 10′ intermediate poly leader.  I made a few decent casts but it was a chore and my casting fell apart totally near the end of the run.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate fly shops but for the life of me, I don’t know why they sometimes line new rods so heavy.

My version of the Perry Poke, Ed Ward Style.  For casting big uglies.

Perry Poke Ed Ward Style

Casting a Beulah Platinum #7 Switch with a 425 grain Rio Skagit Max short, 8′ of t8 and a weighted Nikki Page tube streamer. This is the heaviest Skagit head I would use on this rod. Opst recommends 325 grain commando head.

Ed Wards latest video on the Perry Poke.

Ed Ward on the Perry Poke – OPST

Ed Ward from OPST offers a few tips on making the Perry Poke cast. In this video Ed is on river right and casting over his upstream or off shoulder. He discusses the motions of the cast, anchor placement, and why it is often helpful to use two hands on your off shoulder even with a single hand rod.

Ed Wards Snap T cast.

Notice that big wedge of line pointing at the target?  It allows for creating very high line speed using water tension by way of peeling the line off the water for a fully loaded, tight D loop.  If your having trouble with your Snap T it may be because you have neglected to produce that big wedge-shaped line in the water that is to be peeled off during the sweep.  If your snap  T casts just lay the head out in a straight line, then try the wedge of the Snap T.  It may be the link you are missing in your casting.

Commando Head Skagit Casting – Micro Skagit SAS, 9′ 4/5 Weight Singlehanded Fly Rod Converted

Ed Ward casting SAS with a 9 foot singlehanded fly rod converted to doublehanded. Ed is using an OPST prototype line- be on the lookout for these revolutionary Pure Skagit Commando Head tapers, coming soon. Music by Garrett Eaton

Modified Perry Poke:

Poking an arrow-shaped wedge of line way out in front of the anchor which is also placed out in front of the caster.

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