Romano: How Is Your Spey Cast?

Recently I’ve taking a liking to spey casting and have been playing around with a couple of different rod and … Continued

Recently I’ve taking a liking to spey casting and have been playing around with a couple of different rod and line and set-ups. I’ll readily admit I’m a complete novice and have a ton to learn, but am eager and practicing quite a bit.

If you’ve never heard of spey casting, put simply it’s usually done with a two handed rod and consists of a type of roll cast with some line adjusting before the cast. Of course, spey casts can be made with single-handed rods, too. This video from RA Beattie features some gorgeous casting and explanation of how and why people fish this way from Todd Scharf of Upstream Adventures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMKGPk3LdDQ

Unfortunately, I’m still at a point where I get pretty confused when spey casting. Most of the time I end up with a pile of line wrapped around my legs.

It’s not stopping me, though. I have ulterior motives other than the traditional swinging of flies for steelhead or salmon. Seeing as I’m from Colorado and we have no anadromous fish to feed I want learn the technique for swinging streamers from bank to bank covering as much water as I can. It’s also quite helpful with small rods on tiny creeks with overgrown vegetation. I’m curious if anybody out there swings a spey rod or utilizes spey techniques on their own water for fish other than salmon and steelhead and why.

TR