Underhandtechnique / Speytechnique
The Underhand - casting technique was invented and developed in 1952
by Göran Andersson, son of a Swedish rod builder.
In addition to this revolutionary technique to cast a fly line, Göran
Andersson has also developed the shooting head system.
The goal of the Underhand technique:
Loading the rod without use any power and body
Change of direction to 90 degrees and cast with very little backspace
Unfortunately many fly fishermen and "underhand technique instructors"
still do not know what the underhand technique in fact really means and
how this technology works. In fact now it is taught and practiced a mix
between the classic Spey technique and the Underhand technique.
If you want to learn the underhand technique, please use the
opportunity to visit one of the courses of Hans Spinnler. Hans is
one of the few competent (From G.Andersson accepted)
instructors in Europe who can teach you the underhand
Zitat G. Andersson
Dear members of the fly casting department I met Hans Spinnler again between oct 26/29 –
2011, and taught and checked him about Underhand Technique.
I also fish and cast together with him.
Herby I confirm that he is able to cast our requirements and understands the technique very
So Hans Spinnler is accepted as an examiner for the Underhand Technique.
Best Göran Andersson 2011-11-05
Here are the main differences and characteristics of the
two basic techniques for doublehand flyrods.
As you may notice there are two very different techniques.
Each of these two basic casting techniques has its place.
No matter which style is preferred, if you have mastered the
relevant technology fishing with the doublehand flyrod
give you really fun.
Medium to fast action rods, length 11” to 15”
Shooting lines, length ca. 8.5 to 13 m.
Loop to loop connection with the “runningline”.
Leader length up to 8 m
A flexible grip stance of both hands.
No body movement. Foot stance unimportant.
Arm movements: Ca. 10 % upper (top) hand, 90 % under (bottom)
Short stroke with the under (bottom) hand.
Nearly no back space to cast (0.60 to 1.00 m is enough)
No splashing on the water surface.
The “anchor point” is only made with the long leader and the fly.
Parabolic rods, length 15” to 18”
Before doubletaper lines, now “Speylines”
with a belly length from 15 m up to 30 m.
Short leaders (max. 3 m)
Stiff handle, both thumbs up
Bosy movement: When casting body weight shift from
back leg to front leg and vice returns.
Arm movements: Ca. 70 % top hand, 30 % bottom hand.
Long stroke because of a long line.
A lot of space needed to change direction.
Noise and commotion on the water surface.
The “anchor point” is made with much line, the leader and fly.