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Double-handed fly casting

 

What would life be like without spey casting? An unimaginable and unquantifiable question, of course. Modern double hand fly rods are designed for spey casting. At Scierra, we design them for Scandinavian style shooting heads, but excellent spey rods will handle all kinds of fly lines and, in all modesty, we design excellent fly rods. The ultimate test for our toughest double hand rods is a spey cast competition shooting head of 23 meters and 66 grams. The 15 footer tested in this video, is the last prototype of a brand new rod that will be released in 2017; a double hander with a full action, a smooth bending curve and fast recovery speed. As you can see, it handles the long and heavy line without problems and passes the test with flying honors. Notice the range of motion needed for long lines like this. Using the lower hand as the main "engine" is not enough. We have to combine both hands.

PS! When spey casting, the longer the shooting head, the heavier it can be. That’s why a rod designed for Scandinavian style shooting heads of 37 to 43 grams (depending on the length) could also handle a considerably heavier (and longer) one.

In other words, this 15 foot rod will be available in just a few months and it will be a perfect choice for the heavier kinds of double hand fly fishing, especially when we’re talking about sinking lines.

In the meantime: Tight lines.
Mathias Lilleheim

 

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