Spey Line Management
With the rise in popularity of short belly spey lines for Great Lakes spey fishing, the ability to shoot line into your cast becomes critical in reaching common fishing distances. Line tangling on the shoot, or being ripped off the surface of the water will seriously effect your casting. To maximize your casting distance, a simple line management strategy must be used.
Fortunatly for us, there is an easy technique for managing your spey line. Most people should be able to pick this up in a matter of minutes, and once practiced for a while it will become second nature. Read the steps below and then get out on the river and give it a go. You'll find you're casting further in no time!

For larger pictures, click on any photo below.
Once your swing is complete, line on the dangle, take 4 or 5 good strips and place the line over your little finger as shown. You should naturally be holding the rod with your upper hand, but the loops must be help in your lower hand for this to work properly.
With the line still trapped under your pinky, take 3 or 4 more strips. It's important that you make one less strip than the first time, so that your loops of line are getting progresively smaller.
Place the line over your little finger again and trap it. You should now have 2 large loops of line with the bottoms of the loops dangling in the water. It's important that the loops are not to short. Having the touching the water helps heep them from tangling.
You can continue to strip and create loops untill the lines head has reached the tip of the rod. Just remember to make the loops progressively smaller.
Now form a ring with your thumb and index finger of your line (or under) hand.
Grip low on the rod using only your thumb and index finger. Your remaining fingers should be free.
As you wind up for the cast, you can see how the line is hanging in loops off the pinky and is well clear of the reel, rod butt, or any other potential tangles.
Once you stop the rod on the forward cast, open up your little finger to release the line.
You can see how the line is pulled off your fingers in tangle free loops, greatly increasing your casting distance.

going, going.... GONE!

Author: Brian Doelle
Much thanks to Neil Houlding for demonstrating the technique and appearing in the photographs.