More Power, Line speed, and Efficiency…LinespeedJunkie

Yup, I decided to try LinespeedJunkie for a change. I like it. And it is true that I am more of a Junkie than a Jedi in the wide world of Spey

The term Jedi in fly fishing terms is very lofty. It is just my brand, I don’t consider myself a Jedi.

I consider Travis Johnson and Gerard Downy Ed Ward and Klaus Frimor to be the Jedi Masters in the Spey Casting department. Staying true to the Starwars theme I consider myself a Jedi knight, a disciple of the Jedi Masters of Spey Casting.  I never really cared for Starwars anyway although linespeedpadawan sounds kinda cool.

I figure that Linespeedjedi the brand has a cool ring to it and if I ever get my viewership up to the point where I sell ball caps or hoodies, LinespeedJedi sounds way cooler than, say, aging fly fisher with enlarged prostate! It would fit better on a hoodie.

So I’m going with Junkie for now, It is true I’m way more passionate about Spey Casting than I was when I started this site about three and a half years ago. Casting has become a form of meditation for me, because when I cast, I’ts generally impossible for me to think about things that give me anxiety attacks, which started after that stupid heart attack a couple years back.

I’m too busy trying to remember to sweep AND Cast with my bottom hand along with all the other things I’m constantly focusing on when I cast, or fish. So I’m a Junkie but in a good way because when I cast I forget everything else.

I’ve put the trout rod away for a wee bit. I’m concentrating on my competition casting which is a challenge and I love it. I feel if I can improve that I can cast anything.

Here are a few things I am working on with my single spey and my snake roll.

One disclaimer I will make is that I go by my own rules now, and some of them might contradict what we have been told because I have challenged them, and found other things to work better, such as…

Pushing with my bottom hand and the END of the sweep. My buddy Bruce Kruk opened my eyes to experimenting with this when shared that he uses his bottom hand throughout the sweep.

Roll casting across my body instead of towards the target

Casting over my anchor …even crossing over it a little

Drifting as far forward as possible after drifting as high as possible, which maybe contradictory but hey…

Forgetting about the dynamic extra terrestrial superchaged V loop and concentrating on landing the anchor correctly and majoring on the forward cast exclusively. A huge development for me. Thanks to Zach Williams whose presentation at the Clearwater Spey Clave revolutionized my casting philosophy.

Initiating the forward cast with my bottom hand

Experimenting with technique and challenging the status quo.

Motto: Work till you no longer have to introduce yourself.

Lots of video Ideas on the way! Stay tuned. More blog posts too! Sorry for the lackluster performance on the website. I need to keep it up. I’ve been concentrating on the youtube channel and, now, Instagram.



4 thoughts on “More Power, Line speed, and Efficiency…LinespeedJunkie

  1. I just pulled out the 15 ft’er last week so I can be better prepared for the CW this fall, trying to sneak in an hour casting a couple times/week. I found what you’re saying- slow barbell lift, body rotation to anchor out in front (thank you misters Johnson and Kruk) spot on, with one exception. I learned in a class from Lee Davison to end the sweep with the push from the bottom hand, to turn the corner and create the angle change for the single spey. At least that’s what I think I learned. This weeks session will be revisiting.

    Thanks for the vid, Junky. I’m there with you in the obsession camp, sans Jedi status.

    1. Hey Richard, great to hear from you. Glad some things in the video rang true. I to experienced what your talking about, giving that bottom hand a push to turn the corner just yesterday. It seemed to really fit into my snake roll well so I played around with it on the single spey too. Thanks for bringing that up. I will play with it more and we can compare notes and geek out a little more with this obsession we love. Its cool to have the true Jedi who are so generous with their information. Thanks again!

  2. You captured every thought I’ve had about the elitist flyfisher with that cheap rain jacket penned “Simms.” I talk to everyone on the river, even if they are plunkers. I really enjoy your down to earth approach, the way, and length, of explanation, as compared to demonstration. Most use way too many words. Great job! Lew

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