I'm no casting instructor, but I do use the snake roll quite a bit, in preference to the double spey. And I find it surprising that he contradicts what I've always been told was the key to a good snake roll - namely constant acceleration throughout the cast. He explicitly says that you should start quicker than you finish. Also, breaking it down into four distinct so-called strokes, rather than seeing it as a single rotary movement, might encourage people to pause between the strokes, which again I thought was a no-no - I've always understood that the cast relies on constant (accelerating) motion throughout.
Perhaps the quick 'first stroke' he describes works with a very short headed line, but with a longer belly - and certainly with anything sinky on the front end which needs to be brought to the surface - I'd have thought that a more gentle lift before going into the rotation would be preferable.
It is worth remembering that a snake roll is just a "roll cast followed by another roll cast" a lot of people struggle with it because they cannot do an efficient roll cast.
As for the pause and constant tension try and remember SNAPP:
Straight line rod tip path.
Accelerate to an abrupt stop
No slack line
It applies to ALL casts
I rekon hes one of the better people to watch for real world explainations of how to do the cast. Simon the guy from rio explains casts pretty well but this guy gets to the point.
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Yea ive watched most of his videos. His style of explaining things suits my way of retaining and learning the info. I also find this guys explaination of the snap t really good and also his own snap z is good with a downstream wind if like me you are useless at casting off the wrong shoulder. Also when you slash down as he shows you it brings your line alot closer to you than a snap t.Totally agree with you Rrrr
This is Jons 2nd, latest video on the snake roll, I reckon the 2nd one is the best,
His first has 13k views, see below
Spey Casting with Jon- The Snake Roll Cast - YouTube
As I’m **** with my left hand up Spey casting unless it’s on a small river, I tend to use the T Snap while fishing down the right bank-subject to room
I find it less effortless and easier to dontjat the double spey imho.
Need to buy a hot dog ? though to make it perfect lol
You've never heard of that superior Spey cast when the wind is coming straight across the water at you, then swirls around you in an upwards fashion creating a vortex that lifts yer bunnet aff yer napper.
Where have you been man lol