Snap T

An excellent upstream wind cast used as a replacement for a single Spey.

It is very easy to learn and very useful. It has a line placing stage where the end of the line is very cleverly flipped upriver. Tension is built up by steadily lifting the line upstream in a curve and at an angle of about 40 degrees and then when the rod tip is about level with the anglers position without any hesitation or delay whatsoever an angled slice downstream and inwards just under the tensioned line is made. it is not a powerful drive but a crisp sweet move, a feel for it is developed. The end of the line is cleverly flipped upriver and because of the curve in of the rod tip towards ones own bank, a curve of line is created on the water below the angler which uses up some of the spare fly line on a longer length of line, the anchor will then be in exactly the right place in relation to the angle as the D loop is formed on the second move. It will not be too far upstream and away from him. There is then a second D loop forming stage with upper body rotation, a slight pause and then the final delivery. A large change of direction is able to be made easily. Timing for making the second half of the cast is not too critical. Exactly when to make the D loop and final delivery of the cast can be largely unhurried and decided by the angler.

Text Robert Gillespie