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» The Devon School of Fly Fishing

Spey Casting

It is often thought that Spey Casting is most at home on the big Scottish rivers when you are fishing for salmon but it is also equally useful when you are fly fishing on the many rivers of Devon.

The other slight myth is that Spey casting is only used with a double handed rod. This is not always the case though, as the mechanics are just the same making it a vital part of the single handed fly fishers armoury.

Imagine you are out at night sea trout fishing. There are trees everywhere and as it is dark getting your bearings can be difficult. Making a nice high back cast that lands in a tree will probably take the edge off the evening but employing a spey cast will ensure that your fly line isn’t going to end up where you don’t want it to! A spey cast will make things easy and efficient, making your cast clear of obstacles and back in the water fishing your flies quickly.

The river Taw where we are based is not quite big enough to use a double handed fly rod for salmon fishing. A 9 1/2 to 10ft rod is usually the rod of choice. We like to make sure we get our flies down to where the fish are and this includes using sinking tips and heavy flies. Trying to make an overhead cast with some heavy metal on the end of our line can be a little tricky but a Spey cast will make life so much safer and easier.

You might be fishing a small stream for trout with a limited back cast and an upstream Spey cast will get your flies into the feeding zone!

If you would like to learn to Spey cast with a single handed rod we’ll be able to help. From learning the traditional casts like the Forward Spey, Single Spey and Double Spey along with the more modern Spey casts such as the Snap T, Snap C and Snake Roll.

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