Spey Casting Basics
Spey Fishing Week #1
Jennifer La Follette is kicking off September’s United Women on the Fly Tuesday Tip theme of Spey Fishing. This week Jennifer is going over how to properly handle a Spey Rod and the Basics of the Spey Roll/Switch Cast. Follow Jennifer at @jjlovesbugs007.
Let’s talk about how to properly hold a spey rod. Use your ring finger at the butt of the rod, thumbs in alignment with the length of the rod and hold your running line with your middle finger.
Basics of the Spey Roll/Switch Cast
- Relax. Breathe.
- Hold the rod properly.
- Be fully committed (Obsessed even!) to control the placement of your anchor.
- Begin the lift ONLY when your fly line is straight and rod tip is AT THE WATER to eliminate slack.
- Rod tip at the water to begin your STRAIGHT UP lift, watching for that anchor to begin to lift up THEN move the line in the air
- Keep your top hand elbow by your side as though your gently securing a piece of cloth that can’t fall to the water;
- Keep those hips free to rotate when necessary but stop allowing the top hand arm to “chicken wing”.
- Keep that top hand well in front of your cheekbone in the sweep to KEY position.
- Add the power and hard STOP to the last 1:4 of your forward stroke and aim high.
Meet the Author
Jennifer La Follette, West Lynn Oregon
Jennifer makes her home in Grants Pass, OR, but spends plenty of time on waterways across the west. An accomplished angler and fanatical Spey caster, Jennifer is a Royal Treatment Fly Shop ambassador and owns On the Swing Fly Fishing LLC.