Photo Essay: The Art and Science of the Spey Cast

Taylor Edrington, of Royal Gorge Anglers, rocks a powerful D-loop that really loads the rod.
Photo by Sandy Hays

One of the tough things about traveling with a fly-fishing photographer is that they end up shooting many more great images than you can use in any one story, whether online or in a magazine. As I was recently going through the pictures from my trip to Norway last summer (see here, here, and here), I found myself drawn to the beauty of the Spey cast. Here are just a few, from my friend and traveling partner, Sandy Hays, and our guide, Alessio Falorni.

Guide Alessio Falorni offers me a lesson in Scandi casting on the Gaula River. (I never figured it out.)
Photo by Sandy Hays

Justin Miller shoots a high, long cast, which allows his to cover a lot of water.
Photo by Sandy Hays

This is a cool shot, but you can see that my technique is still lacking.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Paul Wiebe practices his cast on the Home Pool at the Norwegian Flyfishers Club.
Photo by Sandy hays

On the last day of our trip, I finally got the hang of the double Spey.
Photo by Alessio Falorni

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