Sunday Classic / Getting a Grip on Spey Casting

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Get A Grip Photo by Louis Cahill

I love casting mono running line on my Spey rods.

At present, I’m using Rio Slick Shooter. It lives up to the name. I saw a big improvement in my distance when I made the switch. It casts like a dream and fishes well but the down side of any mono running line is that it gets slick and hard to hold when you’re casting.

There’s nothing more disappointing than losing your handle on a cast. That’s when the running line slips from between your fingers and the cork just as you make your forward casting stroke. The rod unloads and your cast piles up in a useless heap. Fortunately my buddy Andrew Bennett showed me a cool trick to solve this problem.

Simply wrap the end of your grip with silicon tape. You can find it in the plumbing department at Home Depot under the name Stretch and Seal. This tape has a natural friction that makes it stick to itself, not your rod. There’s no adhesive so it doesn’t leave a residue on the grip.

It does, however, give you a nice slip-free surface to pinch your running line against. It doesn’t get slippery when it gets wet. Heat and cold don’t disturb it and it doesn’t come off in water. So for about eight bucks you can put a stop to slippery mono running line on all your Spey rods.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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2 thoughts on “Sunday Classic / Getting a Grip on Spey Casting

  1. Agreed, Louis – rubber tape works awesome with all sorts of mono running lines.

    I was just the messenger on this one, though. I learned the rubber tape trick from the legendary Ed Ward.

  2. I’m new, just purchased my 1st SR, ECHO 6wt with Switcher Chucker. Want to add Skagit head. When it comes to running line, where does the OPST Lazar Running Line stand against other lines?

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