The “LIFT”

What I believe is the biggest part of Spey casting mistakes can be boiled down to 3 mistakes. These are the simple root of the other problems that may occur while casting. Over the next few pieces I write I am going to try and explain the simple reasons for the action and then what I most commonly see as the problems from there. Hopefully we can stop the snowball effect of many bad Spey casts.

The Most Important part of the cast in my mind for many reasons is the LIFT. This motion is often over looked or taken for granted. The lift does a ton of things for the entire cast.

· Sets the tempo of the cast (most people go to fast)

· Allows angler to gain control of the line all the way to the fly
· A proper lift allows better control of anchor placement
· Removes all slack out of the line. The start of the constant tension.

Notice the line hardly made a ripple coming off the water.
Now that we have looked at a few of the benefits of the lift, we can start to see where things go wrong. The Lift sets the tempo of the cast for sure. If your lift is to fast it is noisy the line usually rips off the water. People who lift fast often have trouble controlling their anchors with any constant placement. Other thing about the speed of a Spey cast is that once you chose a speed you can only go faster you cant just stop or slow down. Once you start to fast things are doomed to fail. The lift is the catalyst for every Spey cast. Slow lift allows an easy progressive speed change, full line control and consistent anchor placement.
From this angle it is easy to see that a slow lift will gain plenty of tention in the line as well as load out of the rod. The birth of line control.
As a slow controlled lift is performed it becomes more easy to adapt the cast to fishing situation and allows the caster to really place the line, not dump or even put, but place the line almost any where. With the slower lift the slack that may have been in your line is now gone. Without slack a Spey caster can accomplish anything. As if we lifted to fast we have loaded the rod and when we reach the key position in the D-loop we have unloaded the rod putting slack back into the line before the forward stroke is even applied.
The main point I would like to relay is if you slow your lift down you will start to see the effects of control, tempo, and even distance. I hope you enjoy this and most of all learn something.

5 replies
    • Elijah Russell
      Elijah Russell says:

      Perhaps one should learn when TO, and when not TO, give unwarranted advice….perhaps. Quite frankly, and please forgive me if I speak out of turn here, but your pithy, advisable know-how along with your obvious Herculean command over the English language, might better serve humanity by rendering the readers of the huffington post utterly speechless with such a dazzling display of grammatical grandeur.

      • Travis Johnson
        Travis Johnson says:

        Sorry you feel that way. I know what I am good at and what I am not, writing is not my thing. I am just trying to help other become better spey casters. Most of the Blog post are written in under 10 minutes, not meant to be anything other than informative and entertaining. Thanks for your thought.



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