The Perry Poke

Another American originated replacement for a single Spey cast. Overall there are two separate parts to the cast with an initial line placing stage then a separate D loop forming and forward cast stage. It is a very useful cast indeed especially for fishing in confined space where there is not much room behind or for fishing off a low wall or walkway.

The initial line placing move is similar to an traditional in swing single Spey cast, however the rod tip is brought in higher and closer to the angler on the sweep upstream than normal and with less power than normal. When the end of the fly line passes the angler the cast is aborted and the rod tip is allowed to drop down weakly in the direction of the final delivery. Often no power or very little power is used during the drop down depending on how much line is out and what length of head is being used and how far away from you you wish the anchor to be. The idea is to form a long narrow hairpin of line dropping in slack coils on the water surface. Occasionally the angler may want to place the slack line on the water surface a little further away from himself and a little power in dropping the rod is used to do this.
This line placing part is effectively an aborted in swing single Spey cast.

The angler is now in a position to form a D loop with the slack line almost as he would do on a snap T except that the anchor will usually be formed slightly further out. The slack line is formed into the D loop and anchor, the anchor forming sometimes well out in front of the angler. Sometimes a continuous move is made into the final delivery sometimes a slight pause may be used, depends on the situation, line length and power / tempo used.

It is a great cast for tight places. Although it can be executed with any length of line it works really well with short to medium heads.

The dropping of the rod tip to place slack line on the water in squiggles is called a poke, a poke can be made with other casts before the normal D loop forming move and forward cast, like for instance a poked double Spey. This is where in particularly adverse wind one would do a double Spey first line placing move as normal, then on the sweep forming the D loop slow down and ease off on power as you reach the key position and poke the line out in front of you, then do another normal D loop forming move and forward cast.

There are also other ways to do a Perry Poke other than the aborted in swing single Spey. One is a high slowish rising lift tilted out over the river, body and wrist turn dropping the rod low behind and then an arch 180 degrees forward dropping the line in squiggles aligned with the target direction. Then a D loop forming move and forward cast.