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The Switch Cast

The switch cast is an energized roll cast.
Unlike the roll cast the switch cast never stops and is under constant tension, and has the great advantage of storing more energy in a larger D or V Loop beside and behind the caster. In one continuous motion the line is lifted from the dangle, swept across your body the leader is anchored finishing of with a forward cast and positive STOP! The switch cast is the very essence of all spey casts and consists of three stages.

Stage 1 | Lift

Raise the rod tip from the lowered position to a 30- degree incline, or about eye level, in a smooth vertical lift.

Stage 1 Switch Cast Lift  Stage 1 Switch Cast Lift
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Stage 2 | Sweep

As the rod tip rises to the top of the lift, rotate the upper body about 20° outwards on a pivot. Half circle the rod upwards keeping constant tension in the cast, lifting the hand and arm upwards in a crescent lift sweeping the remaining line behind you in an aerial oval-shaped D LOOP behind the rod tip. The leader will set about a rods length away from you to the side. By anchoring the leader only the line lifts very easily with minimal water disturbance. During this time the arm repositions itself with elbow pointing towards the target with the rod butt close into your body.

Stage 2 Switch Cast Sweep  Stage 1 Switch Cast Sweep
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Stage 3 | Cast

Now with the leader aligned straight to the target we can start the forward cast. Accelerate smoothly forward pulling the elbow down to the waist retaining the 90°- 90° or V position of lower and upper arm finishing with a high, crisp, positive stop. The line will shoot out in a high, tight, oval loop above the water. Finish by fading the rod tip down slowly as the line straightens and falls to the water

Stage 2 Switch Cast Cast  Stage 1 Switch Cast Cast  Stage 1 Switch Cast Cast
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Practice

Concentrate on a constant tension during the circle up this will develop the cast into one fluid motion.
A positive STOP will force the loaded rod to unload its energy into the line as the rod straightens and develop tight loops that unfurl and roll out high above the water.
As your skill grows work on a slight back flick as you raise the rod tip up into the crescent lift this will create a V-LOOP this loop shape stores even more energy. Combine this with an ultra fast haul during the positive stop or power snap will set you up for the ultimate switch.