Become a Better Fly Caster This Winter
December 27, 2017
So I was just downstairs chatting in the fly shop with a couple of old buddies that are planning a big trip for this spring. They just got done bird hunting near our lodge and shop here and decided to stop in and have a cup of coffee and BS about fly fishing. Both are looking for new rods this spring but anytime I start chatting about rods the conversation is eventually steered towards casting. Learning to use your gear right is the most important thing! It's not the arrow, its the Indian.
Too many times I see folks that buy the best rod they can afford, as they should if you love fly fishing, but they don't put the time into learning proper casting technique and actually understanding the physics of the fly cast. My personal experience is that most anglers lack understanding and attempt to focus on doing.
For conversation's sake let's say that we are talking only about overhead single hand casting. No spey, no roll casts.
1. Fly line can only go fast by PULLING it to speed. Energy is generated only when the fly line is behind you. Think about what it would be like casting a line without a rod.
2. The back cast is the most important element of the cast. If the backcast doesn't fully extend behind you then there is SLACK. So for instance if there is 4' of slack (not uncommon) then the first 4' of your forward casting stroke is wasted simply bringing your line tight. Then when your line comes tight all of a sudden it shocks the rod and often results in a sloppy tailing loop and an ugly cast. Far too common! It doesn't need to be this way.