Some things I’ve learned about Scandinavian Spey Casting

I’ve spent my entire summer trying to learn to understand Scandinavian Casting.  My friend and mentor Janusz Panicz now says I am now officially Scandi casting,  BAD Scandi casting he reminds me, but nevertheless he did describe it as Scandi casting, so I thought I would share some of the things I am in the process of learning as I struggle through.  

I recently told Janusz I was having trouble getting my brain wrapped around the Scandi concept.  He told me you don’t need brains, you need hours and hours of practice.  So I’m a perfect candidate. 

8 thoughts on “Some things I’ve learned about Scandinavian Spey Casting

  1. I noticed on your lift that it is not the recommended shotgun lift. Is the shotgun lift not recommended with Scandi casting?

    1. The style I’m trying to emulate does not seem to require a shotgun lift unless I am missing something. A pronounced shotgun lift is very helpful when casting longer lines (for me) I would watch Janusz switch cast video of on his youtube channel.
      For underhand casting definitely not, at least that I’m aware of.

    2. Hi, Thank you for all your videos on casting. Ive been watching them lately and theyve helped me a lot. I was hoping you might be able to offer a little advice. I borrowed a friends guideline lecie 12’6′ rod to learn underhand casting with guideline sinking scandi heads. I found it to be much easier than skagit. I would like to purchase a rod of my own. I usually fish medium sized rivers wheree an 11 footer should work fine, but my concern is being able to lift and cast sinking Scandi heads with ease. Im hoping to get away with less than $500. Would you be able to recommend any of these ? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Brent.
      Loop opti nxt 7wt 11′
      Loomis imx pro 7wt 11’11”
      Guideline Elevate 7/8 12′
      Sage one 7wt 11’6″
      Sage one 8wt 11’6″
      Sage one 7wt 12’6″
      Echo 3 7wt 11′
      Echo 3 7wt 13′
      Echo 3 8wt 11′
      Echo 3 8wt 13′
      Echo TR ( same lengths as above )
      Sage method 7119 ( impossible to find used at the moment but maybe the best )

      1. Hey Brent, glad you are liking my posts. Thanks for the pm. if you are able I seriously recommend test driving any rod you are looking at buying. Not always possible, but I’ve been surprised many a time by a rod I thought would be perfect only to find out I didn’t like it. I would suggest something like the Cabelas LSI 12’6 #7 or one of their shorter Speys or #8 Switches. Another suggestion is the original TR 12’6" #6 (6/7?) I honestly don’t believe in higher end rods unless its a Galeforce or Bruce and Walker. The only exception would be A high end rod that was the pick of the litter such as the Deathstar or Z Axis 8129-4- both sweethearts although might not be able to get them warrantied. The Cabelas and Echo have great warranties and service and are inexpensive. Food for thought,…keep me posted.

  2. That sounds like a pretty good endorsement IMO. I say keep it up. I am curious if you think the arm strap you utilized was of any great help?

    1. Yes Jim I think the arm strap is a good idea. I had mine on a little tight. A belt or wading belt figure eighted and buckled will work. I would like to hear how it goes for you if you try it out. My top hand is pretty dominant so Its been a battle.

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