When performing any Spey Cast it is important for the lower leg of the D loop and the anchor (which is basically any part of the line, tip, leader or fly left on or in the water when the forward cast is being applied) to be aligned with the intended target.
In this video young Charlie sets his anchor and then realizes that his fly is positioned too far upstream in the slower current. If he makes the cast he knows that his fly will not be properly aligned with his target and be less than optimal.
He instinctively resets his anchor closer to his upstream shoulder before making his cast and it flies very nicely. The leader didn’t quite lay out perfectly, but the cast is much better than if he would have not re positioned his anchor. Nice work Charlie.
Incidentally, Charlie is casting with an 8’6″ 6/7 that has had the tip broke a time or two, so its probably a little over 8′ long. The rod is lined with a little Skagit head and light sink tip with a soft hackle type fly. The rod has a plastic real seat that is up-locking, so there is a little extension that hangs down two or three inches to form a grip so Charlie and I both can cast this thing two handed.
Charlie has lazer like focus when he is on the water hunting for fish. However, on the hike to the fishing grounds he will drag his rod tip in the dirt and wack me with it and stick it into the brush. I’m worse. That’s why we mostly use inexpensive gear.
Breaking a few inches off the tip of your fly rod only makes it more powerful. That’s what I tell my kids when they come to me with a broken tip off of a fly rod. Its true.