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My first big (well... long!) brown, and on a dry! You can spot the soft water by the rock in the background. Casting into big wind with current (L>R) in front, had to z-cast & haul to get a long enough drift. Spat hook as soon as he hit the net.

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Nice fish!

I can't for the life of me figure out what you mean by a Z cast. I would say you were using a 2 hander, but then you said you had to use a double haul, so that throws that out of the equation. I would assume you mean you were mending or throwing a bend in the line to get a better drift.

Original Poster1 point · 13 days ago

It’s just a type of mend - not some clever single handed Spey technique.

Haul - to get the distance, but then as the line is near the end of the cast zig zag your rod tip gently left and right. Your line ends up in a ‘z’, which shortens the cast but works better for mixed currents than a single directional, rod lay-down mend to the left/right. Gives that little bit longer drift, unaffected by the faster stream in front.

Yeh, I know what all of that is. Just never heard it referred to as a Z cast, only with spey.

Original Poster1 point · 12 days ago

Cool, hopefully it helps someone who doesn’t!

Nice fish though! Keep at it man!

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