CAST MENDING

by Fly Fisherman

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 not exert enough energy in the line to cause a pull on the leader or fly. It is done by lowering the rod tip almost to the water’s surface, retrieving slack with your left hand, then throw an upward arc in your rod with just enough power to raise the section of line you want moved. This will toss the loop upstream again without hampering the drift of the fly. This cast is not difficult and a little practice will indicate just how much force should be exerted to perform a satisfactory “mend.”

 

Cast Mending

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