Swing the Fly Issue 2.4 Spring 2015 - Page 34

manipulate the location of this fulcrum point during the whole casting process.

One of the most prevalent problems in Spey casting is an upper hand dominance or “push over” by the upper hand. In most cases this is due to inadequate space between the rod butt and the body. If there is not enough space to operate the lever, the only way to make the cast is by pushing the upper hand forward. Also, if at the beginning of the forward cast, the rod butt is very close the body, the rod position is almost vertical. Again the only way to make the cast is by using the upper hand. This will result an open arc rod tip path that will produce a wide loop. For a lever to operate efficiently, the device (the spey rod) must be able to fulcrum freely. Therefore adequate space between the lower butt and the body is a must.

Just remember, when you Spey cast with a two-handed rod, you are actually operating one of the most ancient forms machinery. Thanks to our brain and our tactility, we are able to manage this complex multitasking.

About the author: Bintoro is an International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) Certified Casting Instructor and Two-handed Casting Instructor from Melbourne, Australia (CI & THCI). He is the first and, until recently, was the only certified THCI in the Southern hemisphere for a number of years. Bintoro enjoys trouting with light spey outfit.