SHOOTING THE LINE

by Fly Fisherman

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 easily accomplished. Strip four or five feet or more of line from the reel, holding it in loops in the left hand or dropping it loosely if you can avoid its fouling up. False cast enough so that timing is good, holding the line at its existing length, then when a good forward cast is coming up release the line as the forward cast approaches the end of its turnover. This “shooting” can be continued to the limit of the rod’s power or to the limit of the caster’s ability.

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