June 15, 2017
The Mend. Perhaps the most important skill in fly fishing. There are many different types of mends, and thousands of situations that will require strategic adjustments of the line. The definition of the word "Mend" is to "fix or repair something". In the case of fly fishing, the Mend fixes your cast or your drift. It can repair mistakes in your cast and fix up your drift and strategically adjust your fly line, leader, or strike indicator. Ultimately you set up your position in the river, casting angle, and your cast to minimize the need to mend, please keep this in mind. The Mend is there to fix and repair. Minimizing these adjustments is a skill that the fishiest and most experienced anglers possess.
Steve Joyce and I recorded a Podcast yesterday about The MEND. You can listen here on the blog page, or download the Podbean App for your smartphone which is what I recommend. Be sure to follow the Red's Fly Shop Podcast and get all the updates. The app is awesome because it will always save where you left off listening so you can pick it back up later. Listen 10 minutes here or there when you can. I listen to a lot of these while I'm driving.
We will be doing an episode with Q and A from our Blog Readers as well. Put any topics and/or questions that you might want to hear about in the comments down below.