I had the opportunity to practice with my competition rod on a quiet lake under optimal conditions for casting and videoing so I decided to try to improve on my single spey presentation.
I thought I could make it short and sweet but I rambled on more than my original single spey how to and video because I kept remembering little odds and ends I thought might be helpful for others who are learning the cast or improving their single Spey cast.
I’m sure you can relate when I say I basically get the gist of what I’m trying to accomplish with my rod and line but sometimes what I think I’m doing, or what I’m saying I’m doing are not exactly what is going on when I watch the casts on video. That is why I find videoing my casts extremely helpful for improvement.
I learn every time I cast. That is why I enjoy it so much. That, and I get so totally emersed in what I’m doing or attempting to do, that I forget about any trials and tribulations I might be going through on the outside, and concentrate on the nuances of casting.
After reviewing the video I’ve decided that the information is good, but my casting doesn’t exactly match the info.
I still want my hands more in front of me during the sweep, particularly on my left hand up single spey. I have a tendency to use my arms too much and delay the forward cast a tad at times which causes a tad too much line stick.
So do as I say and not as I do for now if you find any of this helpful. Watch Travis Johnson, Gerard Downey, Brian Styskal and the like. They are some of the best Spey Casters in the world.