Spey Casting instruction - Snake Roll cast

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A sequence of photos demonstrating how to Snake Roll cast
(Pictures copyright Alastair Gowans 2012)

Well known Spey Casting instructor Alastair (Ally) Gowans demonstrates with a sequence of 13 shots how to Snake Roll cast efficiently to help you to learn Spey casting in an effortless manner. The Snake Roll cast is a useful cast for fishing in a downstream wind, especially with floating lines. A preliminary Roll cast is normally necessary if the line is sunken and the Double Spey or Snap D are usually better choices. Unfortunately this cast normally requires more space than most to the bank side of the angler but this can be reduced significantly when using shooting heads. Avoid using the Snake Roll with an upstream wind, it can be very dangerous to your person. Spey Casting Made Easy DVD contains detailed instructions on the physics and ergonomics of most Spey casting techniques and is available for online purchase.

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