Snake Roll

The snake roll is a downstream side cast often used as a replacement for a double Spey cast. However it needs more room or clearance behind than a double Spey cast.

It is a loop the loop type of cast where the line is raised high in a circular motion and then swept back under itself, the end flipping round to land in the water in line with the final delivery direction. The curved lift always starts in towards your own bank as an in swing, clockwise on the left bank, anti clockwise on the right bank. Usually a single large elliptical shaped loop is used but there are variations where two or three loops may be formed. While it needs more clearance room behind than a Double Spey, it is a very efficient cast with only one line set up move before the final delivery.
Snake rolls should be either formed with the rod at 90 degrees to the side of the angler, or a long pull out should be made when forming the D loop so that the Anchor lines up with the final delivery direction.

It is very important for safety reasons that the rod tip is kept well out to the side and away from the angler as the initial lift and elliptical loop is made and only when the powered pull back out of the aerialised loop into the finishing D loop forming move is made should the rod be allowed to tilt in close to the angler.

An upstream side, single loop snake roll cast may be executed but this cast is rarely used. In this instance the lift on the left bank is anti clockwise and on the right bank clockwise but the rod is moved round from downstream to upstream as re alignment of the body takes place. Another variant with a final D loop placed on the upstream side uses multiple small loops formed (usually three) so that they are rolling out over the river and moving upstream slightly, made in a clockwise direction on the left bank, anti clockwise on the right bank. Then a change of direction is made with the rod sweeping back upstream to form the D loop.