Skagit Casting Troubles? Try a high, slow, sweep…

I recently tried the Airflo Skagit FIST 510 grain head on my Beaulah Classic 12’6″ and found it to be a little fussy to cast compared to my floating Scandinavian shooting heads or floating Skagit heads with 10 to 15′ sink tips.   I spent a little time getting used to the FIST with a 10′ 90 grain sink tip and a non weighted to a moderately weighted fly.  My best casts by far came when I used a Double Spey with a high, very slow sweep.  

Its a very easy cast to pull off and it doesn’t take much back casting room, which worked out well since I didn’t have much at the time.  There is no real acceleration involved in the sweep, or peeling, ripping or tearing the line off of the water.  Just a high, gentle sweep that provides a large enough D loop with very little effort.  

You end up with a pretty light anchor using this cast and it flies well.  You can punch the forward cast out there a little, in fact, if you really want to jack it out there it almost requires a little extra on the forward stroke since the D loop is only decent sized and not as big as it might be if the sweep were flatter and maybe just a tad zippier.  But Skagit heads are so bulky they really don’t require much acceleration to make a decent cast, so with the high, slow sweep you get a decent enough D loop to get the job done with minimal drama precluding the forward cast.  

2 thoughts on “Skagit Casting Troubles? Try a high, slow, sweep…

  1. Your video totally denies the CMCL theory and its principles 😉 (which is false BTW). Some Skagit only casters would call those practices you demonstrate “Skagit cast killers” or “you don’t do that with Skagit”. With Scandi, sure, why not but Scandi is different from Skagit. Sure it is a bit different as shooting head profile but it’s subject to the same rules of physics. Period.

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