The Double Spey, For Single Hand

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Access to a couple of good Spey casts can be a game changer for single-hand fly anglers.

All of the same physics that’s at work in Spey casting carries over to the single-hand rod. Although Spey casting can be technical and intimidating for the uninitiated, it’s really not rocket science and adding a couple of Spey techniques to your single-handed casting will put you on more fish.

Every single-hand caster is familiar with the roll cast. Most Spey casts build on the same principals that make up a roll cast. Spey casts use different methods to form the D loop and load the rod but are very similar and add a whole lot of extra power and distance.

One of the easiest and most useful casts for the single-hand angler is the Double Spey. It’s a powerful cast that works when you are casting from river right, if you’re a right-hand caster. The cast uses the current to put your line in the right position to start. With a few adaptations it can be made in still water, or from river left, but for now we’re just going to learn the basics.

There are 3 parts to this cast

It’s worth mentioning that some details will vary from casting with two handers 

Setting the anchor

The tension of your leader and the tip of your fly line creates an anchor which allows you to load the rod with the weight of the fly line, during the next step. For everything to come off right, the anchor has to be in the right position. Start by facing your target. Then lift your rod, crossing your body, and drop your fly a rod length away and downstream at a 45 degree angle. Your rod should stop with the tip high and pointing upstream.

The Sweep

Start where your rod stopped when you set your anchor. Keeping the rod tip on the same plane, draw a full 270 degree circle, ending 180 degrees from your target. This sweep loads your rod and arializes your line. It functions the same way your backcast does in a normal cast. It’s one smooth motion and it’s super important that you do not stop your rod at the end of the sweep. If you do, the rod will unload and you’ll lose the power for your cast.

The Presentation Cast

This one is easy. It’s the same forward stroke you use in any fly cast. Just like a roll cast, your rod should travel in a straight line and accelerate smoothly to an abrupt stop. Just remember to move smoothly from the sweep into the presentation cast.

That’s a lot to take in but it’s easy when you see it in action. I’ll take you through it step by step in this video. 

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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3 thoughts on “The Double Spey, For Single Hand

  1. Pingback: The Double Spey Cast – Single Handed Rod | Middle River Dispatches

  2. Usually, love the work, you guys do, but in this video, it is very hard to see what the rod and line are doing.

    Maybe you could look at getting, or painting a rod white and use a white line.

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