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 would show up better on camera. The water was pretty high in my favorite filming spot and the lighting wasn’t perfect so my loops didn’t show up that well. One afternoon playing with Skagit heads in super high water was enough for me so I spent the remaining sessions working on my Scandi casting. The Trustee Rio Skagit short won out for casting tips and weighted bugs and my beloved wrap cast had me hitting brush and trees with my long rod so I bagged the experiment and pursued my Scandi stroke.
As for my Scandinavian Casting, I still go at it like my hair is on fire…
I video Scandi practice for my own use but decided to publish these on the blog and youtube channel even though the lighting was not good enough to capture the loops flying out. I need to find a brighter line. I also need to be working on my Scandi lift but I got a little distracted and ended up playing around with different casts.
I did manage a decent Skagit Wrap Cast, or Double Spey or whatever so I will post it here because it shows how well it works if you keep the anchor fairly close and start with the rod high off the water and behind you, on your shoulder if you want. That 10 feet of line I suppose between the tip of the rod and the water forms a nice little belly that swings out and around starting at the very beginning of the sweep, Ed Ward style, to form a big D loop that keeps the heavy anchor from sinking so it’s nice and light at liftoff. It doesn’t require lots of speed, or acceleration. In fact, it flies best for me if I sweep nice and slow and be patient while I smoothly draw that big circle with the tip of my rod before I launch the fly.
As for my Scandinavian Casting, I still go at it like my hair is on fire. So next week, Lord willing, I will be working on slowing down that Scandi lift, and sweep, and forward cast.