CASTING IN A WIND

by Fly Fisherman

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 necessary to use more power and to ,n-y the rod just a little farther back on the back cast. Do of overdo this carrying the rod a little farther back. If you a too far you’ll spoil the high back cast you still want. If the rind is strong, use a left hand pull on the back cast to drive le line into the wind—and be sure you cast a fight loop on •e back cast.
With a wind back of you, reduce the power put in the for:ard cast and stop the rod a little Higher at the end of it. he stronger the wind, the greater degree of these wind measres you take. Fishing a dry fly with a wind back of you, be cry careful to put the fly down even more lightly than usual r you’ll sink it.
CASTING INTO A SIDE WIND
If you are casting into the wind—a very common condition dry fly fishing because you fish upstream and the wind usuly blows downstream—you reverse the wind measures. In its case shorten the back cast so that the rod is stopped at re vertical instead of the usual position; bring the rod lower own on the forward cast—to the horizontal position instead f 221/2 degrees above that. This will give you a tighter loop
the line. The thumb pressure at the end of the forward ast should also be made sharper. An increase in the spearing hrust at the start of the forward cast also helps drive a fly ine into the wind. If the wind is very strong, your final rneasare is a sharp, short left hand pull on the line just as you give the final thumb-pressure drive to the rod or the forward cast.

Now suppose you have a wind from the left side. In this case, tip the plane of your cast from vertical to the right hand side. You do this by tilting the tip of 0/our rod at an angle t. the right in making the back cast. Do not carry your elboi any farther to the right—just tip your forearm, hand and rc to the right—and do the pick-up and back cast in that tilt plane. The travel of the line from the right towards the
will counter-balance the wind. The stronger the wind the me you tilt the plane of your cast against it. In this cast, the lb

WIND
Gating in a Side Wind
on both the back cast and the forward cast will travel to ti right -hand side of the rod.
If the wind is blowing from the right side, you reverse th side-wind maneuver: tip your arm and rod to the left. n causes your forward cast to travel from left to right, into ti teeth of the wind. It thus neutralizes the force of the win In this cast, be sure to carry the line on both back and fo ward casts on the left side of your rod.
You can handle a head wind from the right hand side I tipping your rod to the left and driving your forward c, lower in front.
For a head wind from the left, tilt your rod to the rig: stop the rod at vertical on the back cast and drive your rc down to the horizontal on the forward cast.
If you have a strong wind from the back and left side, ti your rod to the right and use a left hand pull on the back cas Line travels to the right of the rod on this cast.
For a strong wind from the back and right side, tilt you rod to left and use a left hand pull on the back cast.

SIDE WIND CASTS
In these side wind casts, you must be careful to keep the thole cast in one plane. If you tilt your rod 20 degrees to •ne side, then he careful to hold your rod at the same twenty ‘egree angle during the pause and bring the rod back on the ‘rward cast at the same 20 degree tilt. Everyone doing these le wind casts for the first time is inclined to make the back s t with the required tilt of the rod; then, during the pause nd forward cast, bring the tip of the rod in a gradual circle • that the cast finishes with the rod almost back in a vertical lane. ‘This causes a curve in the end of the line as it falls on •e water. Tournament casters call this a “cow’s tail.”

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