Casting

SPEY CAST

by Fly Fisherman

The spey cast is merely a variation of the roll cast in that you actually make two loop casts in order to switch the line into another direction. As the line comes back to you after the first cast, swing your rod across your body in a vertical plane and slash downward to your right. [...]

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GRASSHOPPER CAST

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This cast is a craft exercise used when you wish the fly to alight ahead of the leader and is sometimes used in fighting a head wind to secure a fully extended drive. The action is performed by being more forceful than normally in the back cast and in the forward cast. Toss the line [...]

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CANYON CAST

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The canyon cast is a comparatively simple maneuver, occasioned by periods when you are fishing a stream and the foliage, trees or rocks form a more or less narrow channel in which your line must travel on the back cast. It is done merely by turning sideways and actually making a forward cast to the [...]

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DOUBLE HAUL

by Fly Fisherman

This act is performed only rarely by the trout fisherman. First, it is abusing a good fly rod and secondly its necessity is an acknowledgment that there is a lack of skill evident in normal long or regular casts. The double haul is used primarily by tournament distance casters, by salmon and steelhead fishermen, who [...]

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CAST MENDING

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There are instances, while fishing upstream, when the line appears to be racing toward you much faster than your fly is drifting or on a cross stream cast the current between you and the fly is pulling a loop downstream that will speedily drag your fly. The “mend” is a mild roll cast that does [...]

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ROLL CAST

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This cast, sometimes called the “switch” cast or the “straightspey” cast, is much easier than it looks or sounds. In fact,’ve seen fishermen performing the roll cast fairly well, whocouldn’t drop their fly on a kingsize blanket in normal casting.The roll cast is used, primarily, to pick your line and flyout of the water when [...]

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SLACK CAST

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SLACK CAST The major use of the slack cast is when it becomes necessary to cast a dry fly with, rather than against, the current although it is frequently used in both cases. It is also adopted when the fisherman wishes to scatter his line and leader between himself and the objective target with the [...]

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SHOOTING THE LINE

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Shooting the line is of much help in placing the fly on target. Also, the power given the “live” line is arrested and does not reach the fly, which lacking the thrust of impetus it would ordinarily get, halts momentarily, then drifts lazily down to the water as delicately as a “natural.” The procedure is [...]

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CASTING AGAINST WINDS

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There will be periods in your fishing experience when you will wonder if the winds are ever going to let up. There will be windless occasions but we forget them and recall only those days we suffered difficulty with the constant breeze or gusty winds. In fishing a winding stream we will have a sample [...]

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Basic Castng III

by Fly Fisherman

I feel compelled to bring up one other minor movement in the casting procedure. You may have developed the gesture unconsciously, many do. That is, as your rod tip travels backward and forward it should not be in a straight line. If it travels in a straight line, the line or leader will have the [...]

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Basic Casting II

by Fly Fisherman

Once you have the feel of the rod itself, let’s take each necessary step in turn for a real practice session. If at all possible, practice over water. If not, the second best is a grass lawn, large enough to permit both backward and forward casts without obstructions. We have our rod assembled with the [...]

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Basic Casting 1

by Fly Fisherman

PARADOXICALLY, so difficult yet so simple. The procedure of fly casting has been outlined so often in articles, books and pamphlets that the very multiplicity of the instructions may have caused confusion. Many varying methods of describing the “DO’S” and “DON’TS” by each individual writer, each trying to tell it differently, makes it seem as [...]

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CASTING IN A WIND

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CASTING IN A WIND You’ll often fish in the wind; for that reason, you need to ‘ow how to handle a fly line under all practicable wind .nditions. Let’s suppose, first, that the wind is at your back. it’s just a light wind, this will actually help you. With ind back of you, it is [...]

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Fly Delivery & Casting

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FLY DELIVERY It is important that you should not make the mistake of “putting the fly down under power,” as the tournament casters phrase it. The idea is to straighten the line, leader and fly out flat with the fly about two feet above the water (or lawn) and then let it drop straight down. [...]

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Learning Fly Casting

by Fly Fisherman

In learning fly casting, don’t worry about whether you have a pool or pond or river or any other water to cast over. You can learn just as well, and perhaps even better, on a lawn, in your back yard, in a convenient school yard, or even in a gymnasium. A beginner who has never [...]

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How to be an Expert Fly Caster You can’t do any fly fishing without doing some fly casting. In spite of this obvious truth, about ninety-eight percent of all fly fishermen never take the trouble to learn the fundamentals of good fly casting. Fly casting is easy—if you get the fundamentals right. To do this [...]

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Holding the Rod Properly

by Fly Fisherman

The fly fishing rod ought be held  lightly, with the fingers held comfortably around it, the thumb placed either on top of the rod or down a hit on the side of the grip—whichever appears more instinctive. Either hold is acceptable and a lot of casters use both, at one time or another. Some casters [...]

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Practical Casts – Video

by Fly Fisherman

It was on a gorgeous day 30 years ago that i first recognized what a crappy fly caster I was. I had angled trout streams in New York and Maryland and Pennsylvania since I was a small fry. I knew most of the bass waters of those states, too, and I’d taken in a reasonable [...]

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