Fly Fishing: Wiggle Cast = Increased Hook Ups

In Handbook of Hatches by Dave Hughes, pages 87/88: “Learning to add wiggle to your emerger and dry-fly presentations will do more to increase your catch than any other single thing you can do, when you’re fishing over rising trout. Wiggle is important in the cross-stream reach cast. It is critical in the downstream wiggle cast. It can even help you take a few more trout in up-and-across-stream presentations. A little wiggle added to almost any cast will increase the likelihood that your fly will get a free drift. That will always catch you more trout, whether you’re fishing a mayfly emerger, dun, spinner, or any other insect imitation on the surface.

A nice fish to a chrionomid (midge) emerger.

Here is a short video that demonstrates the words describing the wiggle cast at Sexy Loops (remember shooting a bit of line makes all the difference on imparting the wiggles).

4 Responses to “Fly Fishing: Wiggle Cast = Increased Hook Ups”

  1. October 6, 2012 at 13:11


    I think I finally figured out the award procedures and corrected (hopefully) the mistakes I made when posting yours. Thanks so much for the nomination and for your wonderful blog. Here is the correction:





    • October 6, 2012 at 13:35

      That is very kind and special. Thank you Cindy!


      • 3 Gloryannebee
        October 7, 2012 at 19:19

        I think you may desperately need new waders if you are going to post close ups like these.


        • October 7, 2012 at 21:06

          Age, character, bumps, bruises, life….all would be lost if I got new waders!!! Those puppies are the oldest Simms Gore Tex waders in existence, I bet!? Truth be told, I worked hard for every smudge, dent, stain on those waders. When they leak, and I can’t stem the flow, I will go for it. Until then, they are ugly inside and out! Do you work for Simms? 🙂


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