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    Default Cach-handed vs Weak Hand ?

    For those of you using both hands;

    For those instances it is necessary are you casting Cach-Handed or switching to your weak hand up?

    Myself- I cast cach handed, and have no issue with it. However Injun Joe is a lefty; so this weekend while we were fishing, I started playing around with my left hand up. I could force myself to learn that way, but I don't really see any advantage. It feels better just leaving my grip the way it is.

    Is there an advantage one way or another I am missing?
    FWIW- I'm not currently casting any head longer than your typical Skagit compact. If anything my heads are getting shorter.

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    For me, cack-handed sometimes, and others I cast using a snap T or single/double Spey and cast regular. I don't see any advantage to switching hands. It will only slow you down. Setup your anchor and cast using a different method or cast cack handed.

    I get in a zone now that I'm pretty comfortable with a 2 hand stick. Sometimes I'll be doing snap t regular casts and slip in a double Spey cack handed cast in there just for fun. Still learning the snake roll and it seems like that cast will be very useful in a number of situations.
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    Default Cach-handed vs Weak Hand ?

    Do what is comfortable and feels natural.

    Your classic long belly instructors will encourage to switch hands and a lot of this is due to the big d loop needed for those lines and maybe a little better rod control on the longer sticks they use.

    Short head systems I don't feel need all of that and to go cack is fine
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    Thanks gents!

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    I end up cack-handing quite a bit, even in situations where a double would work just fine - I feel that the cack position has a tendency to tighten up the stroke and focus the energy on the bottom hand. When I was contemplating the THCI exam, I learned to cast "wrong" hand up with the long-belly, but in truth the cack works just fine for most fishing-length lines (as opposed to tournament casting lines). "Wrong" hand up is one of those things that a fella should learn just to know, but IMO you ain't missin' much.

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    I cast cack-handed all the time, mainly because it takes a lot less effort than a Snap-C or Snap-T. Maybe down in the lower 48 or in BC where the rivers aren't quite as swift it makes more sense, but with the fast rivers up here it takes way less effort to just do a cack-handed double spey when the river's coming from your strong side. Also, as has been stated, cack-handed casting works just fine with shorter-headed lines (I strictly use Skagit and Skagit shorts for my switch rods) and I also feel it forces a nice, short stroke. Studying why my cack-handed casts always seemed better helped me to improve my casting early into my spey adventure.

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