One of the major advantageous of spey casting, as well as a defining characteristic of what a spey cast actually is, is the ability to change directions in a single (or at least minimal) motion. The ability to pick a fly up from a downstream position and move it to the center of the river with minimal effort is what largely makes spey fishing such an efficient method of fly fishing. Your fly spends the maximum amount of time in the water, which is a good thing.
However, in order for such a dramatic change of direction to occur, several things must line up (pun intended) for an efficient forward cast to occur. If they don’t, the result is going to be tangle.. We’ve all been there.
Luckily, our pal Zach Williams from Swing the Fly Magazine recently teemed up with North 40 Fly Shop to put together a quick video that we think does a great job to explain the steps required to adjust the angle of your spey cast depending on your preferred presentation.
Give it a watch below!
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