Double Spey cast - casting instruction

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Fly fishing instructor - Double Spey cast

Double Spey Cast
The Double Spey cast (two handed)

Double Spey Cast

The Double Spey cast, learn how to make the it. The Double Spey cast is intended for use with a downstream wind. The stronger the wind, the easier this cast becomes. It is not however safe with anything stronger than a gentle upstream breeze and is best not used with an upstream wind at all.

In this case the "D" loop is positioned at the downstream side of the angler by first moving the rod upstream almost parallel to the water surface to create enough slack to form the "D" loop when the rod is swung downstream again. The rod is then swept downstream, round the downstream side of the angler forming the "D" loop in the process before assuming the roll casting position and completing the cast. As the line is reversed round the angler and raised to form the loop the angler watches the riffle that is caused by the line tearing from the water downstream. When the riffle stops, the maximum amount of line is airborne and the anchor point contact is minimum. This is the time to turn the rod into the forward cast and complete the roll.


Double Spey cast delivery
The Double Spey cast (two handed)

It is essential that the fly and a few yards of line remain downstream of the angler until the final punch is delivered.

Bringing the line too far upstream causes the line to cross itself and ruins any chance of a successful cast. There is no rush to bring the line upstream with a floating line so watch the distances and ensure that there always enough line below to ensure that the cast will work. Too much line below means that the forward stroke can't lift it off the water and the cast will fail. Extra distance must be achieved by shooting line. More information about the Double Spey Cast single handed and double handed. A sequence of photos showing how to perform the Double Spey is available here.

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