Double spey casting tuition by Ally Gowans
- perfect for a downstream wind.

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Double Spey casting two handed (page 2 of 2)

The next stages of the Double Spey cast.

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Making the D loop

The picture shows the line riffling as the rod swings downstream around the angler and elevates in a smooth curve so that a belly of line swings beneath it to make the D loop.

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D loop has been made

Now the D loop is made and the rod starts to accelerate forward to complete the cast in an upward direction to send the line high towards its target. Note that ideally the rod should be brought round the angler's body until the D loop can be made in exactly the opposite direction to the forward cast.

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The forward cast is made

The forward cast has been made and the D loop has gone. Line is in motion but the rod has stopped. There is no particular need for a tight loop with this cast because it is normally wind assisted.

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Forward cast straightens

Shooting line to obtain greater distances is essential when Spey casting and the usual principles apply. Line is lengthened by releasing spare line immediately after the power stroke is completed. For a visual key, look for the forward loop of line passing the rod tip, that is the time to release (shoot) line into the cast. The amount of energy put into the forward cast has to be increased slightly to take account of of line being shot.

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