Spey Casting Techniques
Spey Fishing Week #5
Rachel Andras finishes the last two week of September’s United Women on the Fly Tuesday Tip theme of Spey Fishing. This week Rachel talks about fishing in close first, adaption and adjustments and most importantly believing in yourself. Follow Rachel at @flyfishing4health.
Slice & Dice
SLICE & DICE the water. Meaning to fish IN CLOSE FIRST, short line, and don’t wade out past the fish. Think about breaking up the run, paying attention to the seams of the current, depths, and where you are standing. That fly presents so differently to the fish with these factors.
Change & Pivot
CHANGE & PIVOT!!!! Just like when you are fishing for any species you must adapt and adjust things.. Maybe it’s the angle of your cast, the tip or leader, take a step down, peel off a little more line. After I feel like I’ve covered the water thoroughly I will change my fly.
Believe in Yourself
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF … I know I know…sounds lame but it is amazing the self-talk I give myself while swinging the fly. Some days you may feel the strong rejection bubbling up or my cast falling apart, so give yourself a pep talk. I love to channel in my mentors when it comes to swing fishing. The late Bill Lowe is one of them who I think about often. I think about his EASE of the cast and truly letting the rod do the work.
I roll my shoulders back, loosen my grip, and think of how smooth yet powerful a Spey cast can be. And then I SMILE and think about his amazing hugs – how he held EVERYONE a few seconds longer and tighter, embracing his gratitude for his friends, and paid attention to what mattered most.
Meet the Author -Rachel Andras
Rachel Andras is more than an expert in every aspect of flyfishing; she is a dedicated, meticulous fishing professional who loves people as much as she loves fish. She loves helping others win – on and off the water. Rachel has created Andras Outfitters with her husband Jim and Andras Wellness to help others focus on what matters most (ie. fishing). She is also a Certified Health & Wellness Coach running a Nationwide coaching practice that blends so well with the seasons of fishing.
She has done everything from guiding to selling international travel and is widely regarded as one of the, most well informed, cheerful, and highly skilled female anglers in the nation.
For the last two decades, Rachel’s love of fly fishing has taken her to fish all over the world. The Bahamas, Venezuela, British Columbia, Mexico, Tahiti, Russia, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Christmas Island and Alaska have given her the experiences and tools to understand what we desire as anglers. She is a FFF Certified Casting instructor and taught with Mel Krieger for many years.
Currently, Rachel guides and teaches fly fishing on her home waters, The Rogue River and runs flyfishing summer camps for kids. With over 20 years in the fly fishing travel business, Rachel continues to help anglers book their fishing adventures all over the world through her (and her husband’s) company, Andras Outfitters! @andrasoutfitters
She started Redding’s Shasta Mayflies women’s club, served as president of the International Women Fly Fishers, and is a River Steward alongside her husband for the Native Fish Society.
Rachel’s coaching practice, Andras Wellness has been helping others create lasting healthy habits including more energy, better sleep, weight loss, reducing inflammation and medications, and empowering them to become a dominant force in their lives. “Helping others across the country have the freedom to create the lives they desire has been so rewarding. Helping others fish more because of the Joy it brings is a winning combo.” Through utilizing education, science, accountability, community, and mindfulness is how we lead others towards their personal goals.
Follow her on social media @flyfishing4health or Facebook Rachel Connery Andras. She is always sharing healthy tips, recipes, inspiration, and fishing photos of her family and friends on the water.
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