A few thoughts on streamer fishing

shared here in its entirety with Mac Brown‘s kind permission.

it’s rant-o’clock ! but i don’t see it as ranting for the sake of ranting, more like a hey, lets kinda forgo the commercialism and sensationalism of contemporary fly tying/fishing for a while and get real about flies, fly design and fly fishing in general.
Mac’s parting words sum up how a lot of us feel quite well, enjoy !  “and remember it is more about your technique than the fly!”…

Bullhead-Sculpin-Gary Borger

“Streamer fishing has been around for a very long time in fly fishing. The workhorse patterns I used mostly as a youngster include the simplistic Black Ghost, Mickey Finn, Wooly Bugger, and Muddler Minnow. There are hundreds of new streamer patterns the past decade with so many new choices of materials. Many of the newer patterns have eye appeal more for the tying community than the fish!
A successful pattern is the one you can tie simply and fast and that is what I think is lacking more today than in years past.

A lot of egos at play in this game of fly fishing to think of lashing a different material to a piece of wire and a new invention that every one tries to get in a catalog for their pride basically. It is actually quite funny when you think about it.
Think about judging your streamer patterns by how many steps does it involve? Can you produce it in a short time period? Naturally color, shape, and size are also at play just like every other recipe in fly tying. The action of the fly may be important at times, however there are also times it really does not matter! I remember tying up some really bizarre streamer patterns in the mid 90’s when I capitalized on what I refer to as “impulse strikes”. These patterns made use of things like a silver beer tab glued to a hook or a piece of coffee cup Styrofoam attached to a hook. One material basically attached to a hook! They worked on many test occasions for trout just like the simple buck-tail streamers used in 1930’s. Keep it simple with your patterns and you will get more time on the water, which is always better than time at the vice as far as I am concerned.

There is no doubt that streamer fishing puts up the majority of really large fish throughout the year. It is also among the simplest technique to learn for a youngster. Both of my kids have had plenty of action at very young ages swinging streamers over active fish. One of the reasons it is the perfect technique for folks new to fly fishing is that the fly line remains under tension as the pattern swings in the current. When a fish strikes it virtually hooks itself!

Here are a few other streamers that have served me well over the years. The Bullhead Sculpin from Gary Borger (you can find it on his blog) is one of the best producers on the stream and is among the most simplistic patterns to tie. One of the best days on the lower Nanty a few springs ago had 6 brown trout to the boat while floating that all went over 6 pounds. Not a bad day to kick off the season since this is no New Zealand in Western North Carolina. We have to compete against hardware fisherman, worm drowners, and corn chunkers-many of our best tailwaters in the Southeast are open game with little regulation.
The acoustic footprint and color of the bullhead sculpin make it among my favorite overall streamer patterns! The other fly is a pattern I learned from Rich Brostic here in Bryson City back in the early 90’s. It uses only two materials which include black chenille body and an olive marabou wing as long as the hook shank. This simple pattern has caught thousands of really big fish all over the globe. You can tie it in under a minute at the vice. Mike Sexton’s “Blank Saver” is another smallish streamer that works great and deserves a row of them in your flybox! You can tie a ton of them in one evening!
I think over time folks progress to really big streamers that are articulated. I know I went that direction in the late nineties tying 6-8 inch streamers. The drawbacks of getting too big include air resistance increases may require a much heavier line. I am sure that over the years the one to three inch streamers have been the most productive. I have hooked many Muskie in western North Carolina when fishing for trout with three inch streamers.

Streamer fishing is all about movement so over time you will play with all kind of retrieval rates and mends on the water. Changing direction of the streamer through use of mends is more advanced but it often can be productive against a bank or differential water current. Play around with different fly line configurations and densities for streamer fishing. One of the most common mistakes I see is the overuse of floating lines used for attempting to catch big fish that hold near the bottom in big water. Build some high density lines that get your flies down where the fish are holding.
When fishing with other folks try to get your group to mix it up rather than everyone chucking thingamabobbers all day long! Your group will learn far more about a watershed throwing nymphs, dries, streamers, and wets! They will all produce fish. Bigger nymphs are often fished like a streamer just for the sake of mixing it up. Enjoy playing around with streamer fishing and remember it is more about your technique than the fly!”

When asked why she tied flies she replied, “Because they’re pretty”

“In a cottage in northern Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into elaborate fishing flies – at once miniature works of art and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.

With breathtaking cinematography and expressive, hand-painted animation, this film both adheres to and escapes from traditional documentary form, spinning the facts and fictions of one woman’s life into a stunning meditation on solitude, love, and its illusions.”

Kiss the Water, embrace the beauty. this one’s more than special.
reserve yourself an hour and be sure to watch it in full screen HD. enjoy !

EDIT– sorry folks, the video has been removed.
hopefully its replacement will be available soon. stay tuned !

Underwater Zombie Frog Ballet !

warning to the squeamish: the video below is exactly what the title says so you might want to refrain.

for the others: enjoy !
although it can include frogs, this little dancing film isn’t so much about fly fishing… but this is something really special and well, different to say the least.

what its like to be Hank.

in what’s one of the more charming, humble, understated and interesting angler profile films i’ve seen yet, this little video is indeed rather special.

enjoy !

” Henrik is one of the members of troutvision.se. He’s modest and doesn’t say so much. He’s not that kind of person who makes alot of noise. He’s a fly fishing angler. And he’s good at it. This is a short movie for you guys to get to know him better. He’s a special person, so don’t miss out! ” 

Fly Fishing and Sex

First-Ever Fly Fishing Sex Survey by Scott Bowen via MidCurrent “In the first study of its kind, the Federal Institute of Human Sexuality and Sexual Health (FIHSSH) surveyed 2 million American fly fishers about their sex lives, in a search for data about the potential impact of fly fishing on human sexual behavior.” masters-and-johnson_640 when it comes to fly fishing with all the sexy thises and sexy thats branded about freely, it’s hard at times to really know what’s up. for the complete the lowdown you’ll have to click HERE but in the meantime here’s a few choice morsels.
“1. How satisfied are you with your sex life?
2. How often do you engage in sexual activity with a partner?
3. What would you change about your sex life?
4. What is your main fly-fishing endeavor?”

“Nationwide, more fly-fishing hours are spent angling for trout, but the dry-fly group and general trout ranked sixth and fifth respectively in overall sexual satisfaction and frequency. “Hardcore dry-fly fishers also often wish their partner would embrace, or at least accept, a fetish for tweed.” “A fly box full of bass bugs is indicative of a slower-paced sex life, with bass fly fishers scoring a 3 in sexual satisfaction, and indicating monthly sex frequency, on average. We have a theory about that,” Dr. Dangerfield says. “Hot weather. You’ve got people fly fishing for bass across the South, and it’s just too humid to get it on, you know?”
as for those who get it the most, you’ll have to visit the page. enjoy !
ps- we’ll notice that nymphing isn’t even mentioned. i wonder why…
pps- even if this was posted on April 1st, i still believe its true. (specially the nympher part)

On waterproof fly boxes:

and of the interesting things said about them on fly fishing forums.

– ” Been thinking about ‘waterproof’ flyboxes. The only real advantage I reckon is that they should float.
Otherwise this waterproofing stuff is just a method on how to ensure that moisture cannot escape the flybox. How to get nice and rusty flies if you don’t open your boxes to dry after getting home… ” *

– ” I know from experience. They have two advantages they can make your hooks rust faster, and you can watch them drift off on the current, rather than see them sink out of site! If you paint them bright orange, so you can see them better, you can see them float away into the extreme distance. 
The worst of all worlds are ones that only float for a short while. They drift off to where you can’t reach them, then sink. There is an inverse square law with the probability of loosing a box being dependent on the cost of the box and the time effort and expense put into filling it.
Not that I’m cynical about it at all ;)  ” *

i’m eager to see if anyone comes up with any solutions that aren’t overly complicated…
fly box leash TLC 26-6-13

* (names where withheld to protect the innocent)

Fly Tier Showcase- Mike Townend


most salmon flies make me think of drag queens: ghastly, tarty-tasteless gaudy caricature creatures haphazardly put together with ill-died feathers and plastic diamonds.
whether they catch fish or not is irrelevant, it’s the human factor and the horrendous side effects of complacency and a general sense of ineptitude induced to both viewers and creators of such tackiness that’s still wreaking havoc (of sorts) in the fly tying world after hundreds of years.
one could say they are the neon lights used to lure in trucker-cap crowds to the local strip mall. (please use your imagination for that last part and don’t actually go there) anyhow, this is some serious shit and not something to be taken lightly so let’s see what a recognized  expert has to say about this phenomenon.

“Hence man’s otherwise inexplicable passion for salmon flies and hence his attribution to precious stones of therapeutic and magical virtue…. In other words, precious stones are precious because they bear a faint resemblance to the glowing marvels seen with the inner eye of the visionary. “

Aldous Huxley’s pretty in-deep quote from his marvelous essay Fly Tying Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell’ shows a much higher understanding than i ever could as to why these gaudy flies are so popular and get the most ‘likes’ on Facebook.

now, on the other hand and thank goodness !, we have these quasi-mystical shrine-like flies tied by Mike Townend of Aberdeen, Scotland prompting aw-inspiring reflections such as:
“The hook, for example, of that fly–how miraculous it’s tubularity, how supernatural it’s polished smoothness! I spent several minutes–or was it several centuries?–not merely gazing at this salmon fly, but actually being it—or rather being myself in it; or, to be still more accurate (for “I” was not involved in the case, nor in a certain sense were “it”) being my Not-self in the Not-self which was the salmon fly.”

right. rendering the acquisition of  illegal lotions and potions pointless, thanks to Monsieur Townend we get to view, absorb and be the sublime and not have to wait eight hours for it all to wear off.
(hmmm, the more i re-read all this the more it all makes sense but in case it don’t, if you ignore the words you’ll at least enjoy these awesomely stunning examples of what can only be considered ‘feather poetry’)

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What is a double taper line for fly fishing?

as alluded to in yesterday’s post Double Tapered vs Weight Forward Fly Lines – Which is really better?, there’s an enormous amount of let’s say, less than informative information available on the net when it comes to explaining this or that about fly fishing, fly casting and basically fly-anything.
here’s a real gem in the rough in the matter. the poor guy is so lost at attempting to teach us something that he doesn’t know. it would be sad if it wasn’t so funny…. enjoy !

btw, it’s this.
and to get a little more technical, a taper is:
taper |ˈtāpər|

• a gradual narrowing: (click the link at the top of the page for Bruce Richards’ basic explanation of mass, weight distribution and other goodies and how they affect a fly line’s performance).
•diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end : the tail tapers to a rounded tip | [ with obj. ] : David asked my dressmaker to taper his trousers.• [ no obj. ] gradually lessen: the impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper off .

ORIGIN Old English (denoting any wax candle), dissimilated form (by alteration of p- to t-) of Latinpapyrus (see papyrus), the pith of which was used for candle wicks.

hmm, it turns out that thanks to Mr. DT we found out that the word taper finds it’s origins in candles and we can use it when chit-chatting about trousers so, i guess it aint all bad.

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does tenkara fishing affect a fish’s vision ?

in yet another blundering attempt in showing us how the tenkara style is so unique here’s a funny chart that makes one wonder if this method doesn’t affect the brain and how it works.
– once again, what does it teach us and what have we learned ? nothing.
– does a fish always come to the fly from the same angle and has it anything to do with tackle ? surely not.
– angler A has a much shorter rod than angler D. does this mean we would have to change rod, line and leader just to fish a little bit further back that angler A ?
that’s not a very enticing perspective for the angler wanting to try this method, is it ?

as a sort of conclusion and what’s nice, is the traditional angler (or ‘western style’ as they call it) that wants to give this simplistic method a go has nothing to worry about. they can keep on casting, approaching fish and catching them and it won’t affect our slimy friend’s vision at all.

fish vision & tenkara

just to set things straight, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this method of fishing, in fact i consider it really cool.
the born-again wheel-reinventing bozos on the other hand…

get a grip…

starting off on what will be an ongoing ‘fly casting instruction analysis’  series, this one will be part of my studies on widely available tutorial videos and why they’ll usually induce the viewer to believe something that has been proven otherwise.
why does this bother me ? it bothers me because so many fly fishers are taking these free and abundant videos as references and as fact and these ‘facts’ are continuously propagated while being a great disservice to the angler desiring to learn how fly casting really works. the video below is just an exercise of self promotion, “my style is the only good style” and it’s riddled with inaccuracies such as:

– there is no such thing as one ‘proper grip’. grip choice is not a matter of substance but one of style. it’s a personal choice and the avid angler will learn which works best depending on their physiological abilities and the situation at hand (what they are trying to achieve),  which means that the avid angler will use several.
– “altering the grip” involves a little more than keeping the same grip and sliding the rod a little forward or little backward. it does indeed make for a shorter or longer ‘effective rod length’ but for maybe 99% of fly casters it’s just changing the balance point and nothing more.
– moving the hand forward on the grip does not make for tighter loops. a straight line path (SLP) of the rod tip does that.
– having the rod bend at the tip of the thumb is certainly possible but it involves a heck of a lot of force. possible yes for a very experienced caster but very unlikely in the short-accurate cast scenario described, specially when we consider that this video is intended for casters who aren’t ‘very experienced’. it’s safe to say the ‘more experienced’ would have already figured all this out long ago…
– “Some of the World’s best distance casters” don’t hold hold the rod near the bottom of the grip at all but towards the front. it’s interesting to make such bold statements without taking a few minutes to watch, as an example, World Championship videos so readily available on the net.
‘logic’ does point to the ‘longer effective’ rod length or longer lever being an advantage but practicality in the vast majority of cases points the other way around. if anything, personally, i would slide my grip towards the front for longer casts and towards the back for shorter and more intricate casts. i know i’m not the only one so, so much for his theory of ‘proper grip’.

to finish, i’ll add that personal experience has shown that excessive wrist use, probably the biggest problem to resolve in fly casting, is accentuated by the thumb on top grip. this happens on the back-cast where most are unaware of it because they never look back…
outside of the fact that we basically never throw anything with our thumbs pointing forward (which of course makes me wonder how this style ever came about in the first place), it’s not a bad grip but it’s one that needs to be controlled and controlled super-well to have consistent results.

to really finish today’s post, i’m not out to break someone’s back, specially when it’s apparent they haven’t studied much or have a lot of varied experience but contemporary fly casting instruction is about proven facts and not long-ago notions. expect more soon.

How smart is a trout ?

a fun little exercise in mathematics from Jimmy D Moore

  Take the average trout of 12” and his brain. A twelve inch trout will do good to weigh a half a pound – 8 oz. Take the average fly fisherman at 5 feet 11 inches (71”) and weighing around 185 pounds (2960 oz.)

Dividing 12 inches into 71 inches tells us that the average fly fisher is 5.9 times as long as the trout. Dividing the ½ pound, (8 oz), into the 185 pounds, (2960 oz), tells us that the average fly fisher is 370 times heavier than the average trout.

Going farther, a trout’s brain weighs somewhere around 1 ounce. The brain of the average fly fisherman weighs somewhere around 3 pounds or 48 ounces. Dividing 1 ounce into 48 ounces tells us that our brain is 48 times as heavy as that of a trout.

Now, using the formula below, which I invented, not Don Ordes, and which is assuredly better than any formula a biologist could come up with, I developed a very precise Smartness Scale. NOTE: I use the same three variables in my formula for both the average Trout and average Fly Fisher.

For Trout intelligence compared to that of a Fly Fisher, I offer the scientific results below…

click on the guy with the strange pants for the rest of this amusing yet painful human ego bruising logical deduction. enjoy !

Salmonia ;

via openlibrary.org

and if that doesn’t get you all excited, this should do the trick !

click either pic to access a ‘Poem in praise of Walton’, ‘Gilaroo found only in Ireland’, ‘Impregnation of the ova of fish’ and all sorts of other assorted goodies in this lovely yet desperate Philosophical account of the d’Angle.

one for the FFF fly casting definitions committee…

from Oxford Dictionaries ‘The world’s most trusted dictionaries’



Definition of fly-casting


Build Your Own (Invisible) Bamboo Fly Rod

here’s another one of those nonsensical internet gems ! this one’s title makes it special…

” Build Your Own Bamboo Fly Rod (or the effects of Special K)

Medium flex rods flex from the heart of the rod to the hint. It hundreds faster and is sufficient to solid in the wind. A medium flex rod is quite adaptable. You can make delicate presentation and/or produce the power necessary to cast into a stiff breeze. Medium flex rods are a excellent decision for beginning fisherman.

Quick action(flex) rods, are potent and load really swiftly. The flex arrives in the higher 1/3 of the rod with the decrease 2/3’s getting very stout. This blend enable for straightforward casting into the wind. Furthermore, rapidly steps rods are the rods of choice for angling sinking lines.

Rod bodyweight. Rods are classed by “weight” not their bodily bodyweight but the fat of the lines they solid. Fly lines are calculated in terms of grains. Rarely any person understands how things are calculated in grains so manufactures devised a system to use to their fly lines starting with the lightest lines to the heaviest.

Matching the fly line to the fly rod.

Manufactures quantity the line in accordance to the grain excess weight that is 1 by way of 14. A #one line starts the lightest line fat and onward and upward to the heaviest #14 line bodyweight. The heavier the line bodyweight the much more potent the rod has to be to deliver it. That indicates, the bigger the fly becoming fished the heavier the line required to forged it. Additionally, the stronger the wind the much more potent the rod has to be along with a heavier weight line. To repeat, the rod is matched to the line according to the line fat. For example, a #5 excess weight rod would take a #five bodyweight line.

Then there is the issue of rod balance. When you select up a properly equilibrium rod, you can really feel it. How? Properly, since it really is well balanced. For me this has to do with the “feel” of the rod in mix with the reel (loaded with the line). Rod harmony has absolutely nothing to do with the flex of the rod but a lot more with the excess weight distribution along the rod’s duration. If the rod is bottom weighty because of the reel, you will not be ready to feel the load of the line as nicely, and conversely if the rod is prime heavy due to the fact the reel is as well light it is heading to influence the timing of the solid. The purpose of excellent rod harmony then is to really feel the functionality of the rod from butt to hint.

A term about fly lines.

Fly lines are designed to deliver the fly to its meant target in a particular way. For instance: If I had been heading to fish dry flies, I would use a 4wgt or 5wgt ambigu taper floating line. Why? Because a tapered line will transfer the vitality of the cast via the line in these kinds of a way as to lead to the line to unroll to the finish, and provide the fly softly–on the water (supplied of training course the chief and tippet mixture is correct).

When selecting a fly line you should decide what fashion of fly-angling you are going to do. “

another dose of K for those in need.

Gems in the Rough

i couldn’t think of a better example to start off this new series: Gems in the Rough
a continued exposé of the funny, strange and sometimes downright offensive fly casting and fishing tutorial articles and videos easily found on the net.
as far as the ‘offensive’ go, it’s not a matter of random rants or bitching for the sake of bitching but one of setting things right or at least a little straighter for those trying to learn from these tutorials.
sure, it’s only fly fishing and therefore nothing of utmost importance but to be honest, it bothers me a lot to read or hear a person state things that  have been proven otherwise. my intention is to point them out and explain how it could be improved. hopefully we’ll all learn something in the end.

so, better to start off with humor before baring the teeth !
this little gem was found on a Chinese site dedicated to industrial metal casting. i like to think i have a bit of imagination but for the life of me i can’t figure how and why some of these articles come to existence… enjoy !

castings:Long Distance Fly Casting Techniques

Posted on June 6, 2012

castings:Long Distance Fly Casting Techniques

To discover ways to fly cast 80 feet or not.

Does it matter?

No- sthad many dry fly fisherman. After ingl- since we fight drag by haudio-videoi formatng slhvack line on the whadr- we canwit mend or set the hook with 80 feet of line out.

But wait- insist strei amer fisherman. Since we feel strikes by haudio-videoi formatng tight line on the whadr- we can set the hook with 80 feet of line out.

Well- like they say: there are two sides to every debhad.

And sometimes a third or fourth.

Consider this scenario: Youwire fishing an easy- rocky river- so instead of wrequestroved driving instructorng youwire msimilarg long casts.Distance. But you keep missing your targets. And even though itwis the first day of your fishing trip- youwire therefore exhausted.

Is there in whhadver way in yourse problems?castings.

Iwill respond to the question this way: you show me a fisher who can cast 80 or 90 feet- and Iwill show you a fisher who ca definitively and very much effortlessly cast 50 or 60 feet.

And so for many frustrating even asll asten discourhvacquiring years I experimented with long-distance- fly-casting techniques. Now that I haudio-videoe dri amaticstayst friend increottomd my casting distance- Iwid like to shwill function as the techniques with you.

But stayfore I set out let me say Iwim well cognizish the “Open-Stance” method or way of long-distance fly casting. My purpose is not to compete with that way- but merely to descristay an advertisementditioning. In the end- I hvaccept every caster should experiment with as a numstayr of techniques a person possibly and determine whto colleaguess for him or her.open call casting.

GETTING STARTED. Use a fast piece of string or yarn for a fly. A long- 9-foot leader will help reveing some of your casting defects. During every prhvactice- try to focus on one technique. Donwit worry ingmost putting every the techniques together until you feel good every and every one.

POWER STANCE AND GRIP. (Iwill bumume youwire right-handed.) Sttechnique with your feet ingmost shoulder-width staysides- just some closer for more power- just some wider for grehadr control. If youwire casting verticstayst friend put your left foot forward ingmost eight inches and point it at the target.Casting. Point your right foot ingmost 30 degrees to the right of the target. If youwire casting off to the side- point grinding both your feet more outward. With your shoulders fhvacing the target- contrhvact your knees and set your weight on the bfor very much everyoner front foot. To make a tough-line pickup- contrhvact forward and hold the line just hiding stayhind the stripping guide. Point the rod at the whadr- with the rod tip an inch atop the surf_ design. Grip the rod lightly with a rather leaning thumb on the side or on the top of the handle.

LONG-CAST SEQUENCE. As an overingl rule- casting slightly upward will help keep your loops tight; so- if there is no head or tail wind- propose your first to come bhvack cast upward ingmost 30 degrees. Aim your next fingse casts while presentine cast haudio-videoi formatng a rather lower viewpoint or paringlel to the whadr. (Aiming your presentine cast too high- especistayst friend if you are casting a tough-stomvery line- will cause the stomvery to pull your cast down and kill it.Fly.)

For maximum distance- your pluslso forward cast must form a straight line (180 degrees).casting site.

If youwire casting weighted flies or sinking lines- propose your fingse casts upward ingmost 20 degrees.

And rememstayr: seingignment for maximum force only aroundimhadly of your presentine cast.

However- four or five everyday casting defects will cause your cast to lose power- which as a consequence change your intended trajectory:
1.mold manufacturer. Sttechniqueing your cast after- or well stayfore- your cast has unrolled and- in effect- shortening your casting stroke.
2. Accelerating your to come bhvack cast haul too slowly. (Because there is no to come bhvack-cast wrist snap- your hauling speeding should stay faster on your to come bhvackcasts than on your forward casts.)
3. Fingse casting- especistayst friend a weighted fly- too hard for the length of the line you haudio-videoe out. (When the line unrolls it will snap like a rubaloneytayr piece generhad slhvack)
4. Shooting line without increasing the speeding of your casting stroke while haul.
5. Your pluslso forward cast form an viewpoint grehadr than 180 degrees- pluslso you therefore lowered the rod tip from the target line. As a finish result- your fly rod unloaded too early.Distance.

ANGLE OF THE ROD. Some casters sthad the verticing cast is the most efficient. Others dissettle and cast with the rod tip pointed outward. Besides- they say- this is a securer way to fish that makes it easier-especistayst friend for us older guys-to turn our hepublic notices watching the to come bhvack cast unroll without turning our shoulders- even aslladvertisingently moving the rod.

Maystay so- even so the importish point is that if your cast is not under powered- you may you do not move your rod heven asll a convex motion minimizing the rod tip from the target line- the fly will not hit you or the rod. The following casting defects will cause you to move your heven asll a convex motion:
1. Pulling your elbow to come bhvack. (Your ellhvace should move to come bhvack from your rearward physique rotine. To me- msimilarg a to come bhvack cast is more of an enhancementing or a flexing up motion than a pulling to come bhvack.)
2. Beginning your forward cast with your ellhvace hiding stayhind your rod hand- which as a consequence within lead with your ellhvace during your lorequestroved driving instructorng move.cast iron fencing.
3. Bresimilarg your wrist more than hingfway during your forward-cast power snap. (To prevent this- try to pretend youwire hi ammering a nail.)
4. Lowering- instead of just rotating- your shoulders.fly.
5. Stopping the rod too lhad. (This sometimes hrequestens due to sttechniqueing your weight shift prior tor casting stroke- or due to quickly speeding up your to come bhvack cast- though not suddenly stopping the rod with a fast- upward motion.)
6. Beginning your cast with your rod hingong witho low for your intended trajectory.Techniques. (For exlarge: if you wish to execute a cast paringlel to the surf_ design- you must finish your pluslso forward casts with your rod hand the si ame level.)
7.Fly. Casting with your ellhvace too far out from your physique.
8. Haudio-videoi formatng your right foot too far to come bhvack or pointing too far outward.

But in the reing world of fishing- even the stayst casters make imperfect casts- so I recommend wearing sunglgrinding bottoms plus brotherad-top of the glbummed hat- using shorter leaders- and casting heaudio-videoy flies and sinking lines with the rod tip pointing out to the side.

To simplify my descriptions Iwill bumume youwire casting verticstayst friend. (If youwire casting to the side- get used to your rod-hand position more outward and fewer upward.)

BACK CAST. First- remove ingl slhvack from line. Aiming upward- slowly sttechnique your cast by slightly lifting your ellhvace- and moving the rod in sync with your rearward physique rotine.casting model. Slowly tighten your grip. When the rod booty repain 12 owiclock to the target line- quickly increottom your speeding-I ccould my power speeding-and execute your haul.what is the cost of aluminum. (More ingmost hauling lhadr.) For maximum power- keep looking straight in front. When the fly comes off the whadr- suddenly stop the booty haudio-videoi formatng ingmost 1 owiclock.Techniques. Your weight should stay on your right heel if your rod position was verticing- on the outside of your right foot if your rod position was out to the side.

Eottom up on your grip. If you stopped the rod by moving it upward- lower your rod hingong with casting-level. Turn your head watching the cast unroll.

(Some casters feel they increottom their power by rotating their forewrist and pingm outward during their to come bhvack cast so that they can then execute their forward power snap with a pointy- twisting motion.casting open.)

Because you probaloneytomhvachly wonwit discover ways to hasten your to come bhvack cast right as the forward cast- set out your next to come bhvack cast when your forward loop is three feet long. Experiment to see exhvactly how long. Rothad the imaginary clock f_ design- and extra stop the rod booty haudio-videoi formatng ingmost 1 owiclock to the target line while forewrist haudio-videoi formatng ingmost 12 owiclock. If youwire casting verticstayst friend your right ellhvace should stay a few inches hiding stayhind your left shoulder- and point outward haudio-videoi formatng an viewpoint of ingmost 60 degrees to the target. Your wrist should stay haudio-videoi formatng ingmost eye-level.Casting.

If your loop turns sideways or swings open- you moved the rod in a curving motion or pulled your ellhvace out and to come bhvack on your to come bhvack cast.

HAULS AND DRIFTS. The more line you are fingse casting the faster and longer youwill haudio-videoe to haul. To keep your line from tsportfishing- pull three feet off the reel. (If youwire casting on a weight-forward line- youwill set out hauling when most of the stomvery of the line is outside the rod tip.) During your to come bhvack-cast lorequestroved driving instructorng move- keep your hands at the si ame level. When the rod booty points to ingmost 12 owiclock- set out your power speeding while downward- to come bhvack-cast haul. Haul haudio-videoi formatng an viewpoint of ingmost 60 degrees to the whadr so thhaudio-videoi formatng aroundimhadly of the haul your line his haudio-videoi formatng ingmost 8 owiclock.cast iron fences. (At the end of your forward- fingse cast haul- your hand can point to ingmost 7 owiclock.) To lengthen your haul- execute it haudio-videoi formatng a steeper viewpoint. Haul hard enough to keep your loop tight.Long. (Youwill hasten your haul faster than your cast.) Bresimilarg your wrist if you can — snap your haul hand down. Stop the rod and haul simultaneously. Immedihadly set out your upward haul- giving to come bhvack line at the si ame speed it is unrolling. (If you still add slhvack- you stopped your downward haul too lhad- or your cast was under powered.) Do not prematurely move the rod tip to come bhvack! When the fly pgrinding bottoms you- turn your head- though not your shoulders- watching the line unroll. Move your line hor older to- though not past your rod hand.

Not moving your line hor older far enough may cause you to then set out your forward cast by moving your rod hand growfore or faster than you move your line hand.long. Because this will add slhvack regarding the hands- you wonwit discover ways to fully load the rod- while cast might collapse.

And rememstayr: the stronger the wind you are casting into- the shorter- lhadr- but faster you might haudio-videoe to haul.

To make a tough- presentine cast you must convey a drift move a person haudio-videoer last to come bhvack cast. So- keeping your wrist stiff- your ellhvace in pl_ design- while shoulders level- wait for your to come bhvack cast to unroll three-qutechniqueers of the way- then move your rod hand to come bhvack- though not past your rear shoulder. Slightly split up your wrist to come bhvack- and point the rod lower- to ingmost 2 owiclock.

At least three defects will cause you to add slhvack:
1. Drifting too fast or too far.
2. Not hauling fast or far enough.
3. Beginning your forward fingse cast too lhad.

On fingse casts- unless youwire trying to change trajectories- shorten or eliminhad your drift- which as a consequence reduce the risk of which includes slhvack.Long.

On your presentine cast- haul as hard a person possibly- while keeping focused on stopping the rod and letting go of the line simultaneously. (Momentum should force your hauling heven asll asll hiding stayhind your front thigh.)

To make the perfect to come bhvack cast haul- I find it helpful to visuingize a loose rope connecting my rod and line hands.kids casting. When I stop my rod- I imagine the rope snrequesting tight which will help preventping my hands.

Finstayst friend- to turned into a extremely good hauler- prhvactice throwing a pitch left-handed.

FORWARD AND PRESENTATION CASTS. We should sttechnique them lerequestroved driving instructorng to a to come bhvack cast loop opens. (The heaudio-videoi formater my fly or the faster my line is unrolling- the earlier I set out my cast.) To sttechnique your forward fingse cast- keep looking over your rear shoulder and push off your to come bhvack foot. With your wrist locked- set out your forward cast in sync with your physique rotine.castings. (Watching your rod hand during the cast will help prevent your casting wrist move in front of your rotating physique.) Move the rod booty perpendicular to the target line. When your casting wrist is extended haudio-videoi formatng ingmost hingfway- set out your power snap and haul. Abruptly stop the rod and haul when the rod booty repain ingmost 10:30. Eottom up on your grip. Your right shoulder should stay slightly in front of your left. Your weight should stay on the bfor very much everyoner front foot.

If you wish to finish your forward fingse cast in position to increottom the length and power of your to come bhvack cast you can:
1. Speed up your forward fingse cast (if you get a tpoor loop slow down your haul) and end your cast with your weight on your toes with your right shoulder well in front of your left.
2.star trek cast. Execute your cast paringlel to the whadr so that youwill set out your to come bhvack cast with your rod in a lesser position.
3. Add a drift move by slightly lowering the rod tip.

As soon a person finish the cast shoot up to eight feet of line. (As the line slides through your curled fingers keep moving your line hor older so youwill discover ways to revery your rod hand lerequestroved driving instructorng to a cast unrolls.)

To make a tough presentine cast- using the rod drifted to come bhvack- then push off your to come bhvack foot.casting. Again move rod booty perpendicular to the target line. When your wrist is extended three-qutechniqueers- execute your power snap and haul. Fully rothad your physique- extend your casting wrist which will help prevent the rod.castings. (Again- the booty will point to ingmost 10:30)

Your front leg should now stay straight- and everything you couldr weight on your front toes.

To reduce friction relating to the line and the guides- immedihadly raise the rod booty- so that the rod points to the target line. Do not lower the rod tip from the target line!

Finstayst friend- if you do everything right but you still canwit get the fly to turn over- add line tension just prior tor loop unrolls by raising the rod tip- or by origin the cast with just some less line off the reel than you wish to cast.

To make a tough roll cast- sttechnique the cast just lerequestroved driving instructorng to a line stops moving.

OVERHANG. Overhang is the quzeroty of running line relating to the rod tip and the stomvery of the line. As you increottom your overhang you must may ingso increottom the speeding of your casting stroke and haul.siding on house.

If you use too long an overhang your loop will not turn over. If you use too short an overhang the stomvery will pull your line down and cause the head to leven asll a pitch. Experiment to find the longest overhang you can handle- but keep in mind: the more long- fingse casts you make the more you risk which includes slhvack- so once the stomvery of your line is outside the rod tip- try to make your presentine cast a person haudio-videoer second to come bhvack cast.

To increottom your overhang try:
1. A heaudio-videoi formater- stiffer rod.
2.techniques. A shooting-head line.
3. A line one weight lighter than your rod.
4. Prhvacticing shooting line as the last to come bhvack cast unrolls.manufacturer stainless steel.

HOW MUCH LINE DID I SHOOT?distance. I use the counting method. For exlarge- if I fully hasten my casting stroke- then shoot line for given that it takes me to say 1-000 I know I shot very much 10 feet of line.

TAILING LOOPS. Some common causes are:
1. The rod tip is moved in a concaudio-videoe path towards fhvact too much force is used early in the casting stroke.
2. The casting stroke is too narrow for the atthvack (contrhvact) of the rod.
3.call casting. Executing a giftine cast with too short of an overhang.

WEIGHTED FLIES. Will cause your casting loops to widen- so increottom your speeding on your casting stroke and haul which will help prevent your rod booty earlier on the imaginary clock f_ design. If that doesnwit work- shorten your overhang.

Rememstayr: At high speeds- weighted flies- if they hit your rod tip- can split up it. To fish in the surf_ design- therefore- I like to use lighter flies and sinking lines.

IF YOU DECIDE. Whether it is necessary to learn to cast 80 or even 90 feet and endure hours and hours of casting triings and tribulines is up to you.forging steel.

But if you decide it is- try not to get discourgood old. Long-distance fly casting- like hitting a triingod tee shot- is a lot harder than it looks. Luckily- however- studies haudio-videoe shown that frequently visuingizing proper sports techniques is often more effective than prhvacticing them.

For us older guys- isnwit thseveringternativehing to stay grhadful ingmost!?