Spey Casting and Centrifugal Power

September 28, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Suggesting that British nobles chose spey techniques to keep their kilts from getting in a wad, a Mail Tribune writer notes that the classic method of covering large amounts of water continues to grow in popularity, especially among steelheaders in the U.S. northwest. “Single-handed rods that rely on conventional back-casting — the linear back-and-forth motion that generates line speed and casting length — can’t match the centrifugal power generated by the aerial loops and snaps of a spey roll cast.”