With Winter setting in a lot of anglers are planning destination travel to tropical waters to break up the bitter cold. But there are a few of us who enjoy the punishment of chasing anadromous fish in cold climates. Those anglers are Steelheaders. Fly Fishing for Steelhead has become increasingly popular over the last 5 years and a lot of new anglers are beginning to get the itch for a dime bright ocean run fish jumping on the end of their string. If you have a fly fishing addiction I urge you not to chase these iconic fish of the Pacific Northwest, because it will eventually effect how you think on a day to day basis. Symptoms may involve constantly thinking about steelhead, spending money on crazy destinations, buying new gear and considering relocation closer to a Steelhead River. I have experienced all these symptoms and am still paying off credit card debt because of these magnificent fish. Through my travels with experience Steelhead Fly Fishing Guides I have picked up a few tips on spey casting and though I would share with you my favorite spey cast. The Snap T. Please don’t beat me up too much as I am just trying to give you some pointers when making this cast. I am not claiming to be an expert caster in fact I would claim to be the opposite.
One thing that I will stress is that you must let your rod do the work. A lot of casters try and muscle their casts only to get frustrated in the process. Let the rod load and smoothly make your final move forward. Learning how to count your loops will aid in a smooth release when spey casting. Counting your loops allows you to keep excess fly line out of the water without getting tangled. This technique will come easily after you have been practicing your spey cast. For those of you who are just learning how to spey cast try not to cast all the line off your reel. Start with minimum line then add distance as you get the technique down.
1st – I like to make a roll cast down river to straighten my line out. This will get your line on the surface and make it easier to pick up at the beginning of your spey cast. Especially when using heavy flies with a sink tip.
2nd – Your first motion should always be up. Lift your line off the water.
3rd – Make a C. As you lift your line up bring your rod tip across your body and back to where you started from. The line should travel above your rod tip and your fly should land a rod length up river from you.
4th- Keep your rod tip low and follow your line. Bring your rod back across your body following your line and bring up like you are making a roll cast. This is what forms a D-Loop and loads your rod.
5th- Once your D-Loop is formed push your rod forward and stop it high. Your line should travel smoothly out of your hands and across the river.
Practice Practice Practice. The Snap T Spey Cast is an excellent technique to have in your repertoire and is extremely useful when wind will not allow you to employ a Double Spey Cast.