Learning a new skill can be daunting. Where do you even begin?
These steps offer some general advice on how to jump into learning a new skill that may change
1: Learn Basic Spey Casting Terminology
Anchor - The portion of the line/leader that remains in contact with water during the Spey cast.
D-Loop -The aerialized portion of the line behind you during the Spey cast. Makes a visual D-Shape.
Touch & Go Spey Cast - Spey casts where your lines only briefly touches the water to form the anchor.
Waterborne Spey Cast -Spey casts that begin with the entire spey line laying anchored to the water.
Skagit Casting -A style of waterborne Spey casting originating in NW USA and primarily used with Skagit Spey Lines.
Scandi Casting -A style of touch and go Spey casting originating in Scandinavia, primarily used with Scandi (Scandinavian) style Spey lines.
Traditional Spey Casting -Spey casting revolving around longer lines such as short, mid and long bellys.
2.Consider a professional instructor, book or dvd.
Our favorite DVD for beginners is "Rio's Modern Spey Casting" with Simon Gawesworth.
Our favorite book for beginners is Spey Casting, also by Simon Gawesworth!
SHOP for these and other Spey related books & dvds HERE
Some of our favorite Spey instructors are found on our Guides & Outfitters Page or by visiting your local spey shop (See Below).
3. Make sure you have the right equipment.
-We recommend finding a local fly shop that is into Spey casting. HERE are our favorites.
Just like any new trade, learning to Spey cast can take time. The enjoyment is in the process. Many Spey casters find the search for the perfect cast to be one of the best parts!
And don't forget the great EVENTS called Spey Claves where you can try new gear and get loads of help with your casting and fishing.