- Jun 30, 2020
Spey casting was developed on rivers for downstream wet fly fishing. Whether to use a double or single Spey depends on wind direction. You need to avoid the wind blowing onto your casting shoulder - the cast could easily impale you with the fly. Traditionally, on rivers, if the wind is blowing Downstream you use Double Spey. For a canal, you may always be be able to choose a section where you can fish with an 'upstream' wind (the wind blowing left to right assuming a right handed caster), and use the easier single Spey at all times. So if you have a left to right wind, you use single Spey, and work your way down the bank to your left.double spey by at first casting parallel to the bank then double spey across
I meant to add that my deadliest fly by far on those shallow Lincolnshire drains was a deerhair mouse on a 3/0. Make the fly land with a splash and jerk it back. Very exciting. Obviously you target cover, weeds, lillies, bushes and hang on!
I tied those flies with a stiff mono weedguard so you could literally pull it through lily beds....
This has brought back fond memories. I really hope to have a chance at some pike again as soon as lockdown is lifted and I can visit family in Lincoln.