You will encounter many challenges when working towards becoming a proficient spey caster. Breaking down the casting steps into small, manageable pieces, will simplify the learning process. Progressing in this manner is the quickest way to become a great caster and a productive angler.
Start your understanding with the "lift and set." During this step, your goal is to place the fly in a location that will allow for the most efficient use of your line speed. Ideally, your D-Loop should roll out directly over the top of your fly's initial placement. Touching your rod tip to the water, just a little mid river of your body, will show you where your fly needs to be.
Continue on with the remainder of your cast, focusing on your fly's position. If your D-Loop rolls out directly over the top, you have accomplished step one. There are other circumstances that still may account for a bad cast, but mastering your initial fly placement is a major step in the right direction.
Lee Kuepper is professional guide now calling the Kenai River home, spending his time chasing the Kenai's fabled Rainbow Trout on a regular basis. He is a Pro-Ambassador for Loop USA and is a Certified Fly Casting Instructor through the FFF.