Two-Handed Spey/Switch Casting Instruction

Casting with a Two-Handed Rod utilizes a "longer lever" and the power of the "D-Loop" to load the rod and deliver the fly with a forward cast.  It also adds another element to the cast and that is... using two hands on the rod rather than only one.

Two-Handed Rods are used primarily in rivers with moving water to pursue Trout, Bass, Steelhead, and Salmon. Originating in Scotland on the Spey River, two-handed rods are commonly referred to in the United States as Spey rods. A shorter variant is called a Switch Rod. Switch Rods normally do not exceed 11"-9" in length. In general, the longer "Spey" rods are easier to learn to cast than a Switch Rod.

We currently introduce students to two-handed Spey casting using a lightweight Trout Spey rather than a much heavier rod. During the course of instruction, we migrate to heavier weight rods to get a feel for the difference in rod weights. There isn't any reason for our students to be initially intimidated by using a very heavy "stick" -- especially since most anglers will not find much use for heavy weight rods in the Southeast.

Amy Hazel, Deschutes Anglers, casting a Two Handed Rod

Where are the classes held?

How much does it cost? (starting at $150)

A Spey cast is a dynamic roll cast with a change of direction; and, it can be accomplished with either single-hand or two-handed rods. Our Two Handed instruction focuses on casting with Switch rods and Trout Speys which have more practical use in the Southeast; but, Switch rods and other short Speys can also be used to chase Steelhead in the Great Lakes area or the Northwest.

Two-Handed casting is dominated by either modern versions of Traditional Spey rods (13' and under); or, shorter Switch rods (11'-9" and under). More recently, Trout Spey rods (link to Trout Spey) have entered the market in sizes #2, #3, #4, and #5. These are ideal trout rods allowing you to cover more water with less effort. Casts like the Snap-T, Double Spey, and the Snake Roll can help you when casting in tight situations with trees or bushes right behind you. All Two-Handed Casting classes take place on the water. Initial classes involve some dry land instruction.

Even more recently, a form of casting called Skagit Casting, pioneered by fly line designers and experts, Ed Ward and Jerry French, has been introduced for the Trout and Smallmouth world using both Single Hand rods and Two-Handed Switch rods. The company that is bringing us this new technology is Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST). Now, even small Trout and Smallmouth streams can be easily fished with a lot less effort. This capability uses the Commando line system. Similar set ups can take place with Rio and Airflo products; but, OPST set ups can be implemented even on very short single hand rods (6 feet +) and two-handed Trout Speys.

Two-Handed Casting Classes take place in the Spring and early Summer during the months of March - July; and in the Fall during the months of October and November. Other times of the year, weather permitting.

Boots, waders, a wading belt, and polarized sunglasses are required and must be provided by the participant.  A Georgia fishing license is also required. On-water practice is key to mastering all Two Handed Casting techniques.

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