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Rick Jorgensen

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last year took a trip to Newfoundland for my first (hopefully not last) trip to chance Atlantics. I brought two single handers and a switch rod. The Switch rod never came out of its case. It was a joy to use a single hander again!!!! Of course use them all the time for trout and when chasing salt water species but has been awhile since chasing ocean going salmonids. Quite satisfying to make a long back cast. 

Our guide was impressed with using single hand spey casts as well as overhead casts 
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fished the Eel for 3 days using a skagit with varying tips from T14 5x5 to 10.5' of T 14 and light to medium weighted bugs. Concentrated on Single when fishing river left and I am getting it pretty well dialed. Always been my weakest cast as typically don't use it. But it was working great which made me smile!!!
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I use it all the time . . . Atlantic salmon and steelhead with floating or intermediate. My standard upstream wind cast, either left hand or right hand. But I also use it with FIST occasionally.  Very efficient cast.

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I just started spey casting this year and I WILL learn the single spey. Not dead but with all of the people starting with short lines there are easier cast to learn so you can get fishing right away.  My brother has been spey casting for quite a few years now and told me when I first got started "don't worry about learning the single spey, you will never have to use it for fishing." Well, I never have listened to every thing my older brother says.  But, it shows the attitude of people starting this sport and the instructors out there who teach it (when he started he took lessens and that is what the instructor told him).  I am learning spey casting with a T&T 1509-3 built in '98 using Rio's short spey with interchangeable tips and now use Rio's long spey.  I like fishing the long line due to the efficiency it affords in covering water.  There is no more efficient cast than the single spey.  The way I see it, the single spey is a must learn.  I have strong opinions for a newbie but am I wrong?
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Erik,

You are correct, the single spey is the most efficient cast and is a 'must learn'. Once the single spey has been basically mastered with the dominant hand, you should practice  with the non dominant hand. Being proficient with both hands will allow you to handle both river flow directions (LH & RH). Learning the single spey with the non dominant hand is not as difficult as you may have heard. Just remember Poppy's First Commandment 'Take your foot off the gas'.

Doug
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