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Choosing which spey cast to use

When to use what - Spey Casting

Spey cast choice is driven by wind, situation and preference.

When there is wind one must keep the anchor on the downwind side of your body at all times. The cast choice changes when you are on the right bank vs. left; or cast righty vs. lefty. If there is no wind use whichever side you want.


On the left side of the river looking downstream (left bank)...

If the wind is blowing UPriver, choose from the following casts:

Right hand up (righty caster), anchor upriver on right side:
- single spey
- spiral single
- circle or snap-t*
- perry poke
- upriver snake

Left hand up (lefty):
- backhand single spey ('reverse', cross-body)
- backhand sprial single
- backhand circle or snap-t*
- backhand circle + poke

The circle or snap-t is generally viewed as the easiest to begin with, although most agree the Single Spey is the most powerful and efficient albeit a little harder to learn. I will leave such judgements up to the beholder

Still on the left bank.... if the wind is blowing DOWNriver, choose from the following casts:

Right hand up (righty caster), anchor downriver on left side:
- backhand double spey*
- backhand snake roll
- backhand perry poke

Left hand up (lefty):
- double spey*
- snake roll
- perry poke

On the right side of the river looking downstream (right bank)...

If the wind is blowing UPriver, choose from the following casts:

Right hand up (righty caster), anchor upriver on left side:
- backhand single spey
- backhand sprial single
- backhand snap-t*
- backhand perry poke

Left hand up (lefty):
- single spey
- spiral single
- circle / snap-t*
- perry poke

And finally... still on the right bank, if the wind is blowing DOWNriver, choose from the following casts:

Right hand up (righty caster), anchor downriver on right side:
- snake roll
- double spey*
- double poke
- snake poke

Left hand up (lefty):
- backhand snake
- backhand double spey*
- backhand poke,etc.

Notes:

Offhand casting is tricky and requires practice. It's best to start practicing offhand casting early in the learning curve.

The Perry Poke decreases the amount of room needed behind you while reaching comparable forward cast distances, and is suitable for carrying sinktips and large flies in tight quarters.

The '*' indicates those casts which many felt were easiest to learn.

The most powerful, efficient, and most difficult cast to master is the single spey. However time invested in mastering this cast from both sides (right, left) has huge returns and influences ability in most other casts you learn.
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