Posts Tagged ‘casting

05
Dec
18

Fly Casting Champion (Maxine McCormick)

Women’s World Champion from Portland, Oregon. She practices at Westmoreland Pond in SE Portland and attends Cleveland HS….she’s 15 y/o! Maxine McCormick congratulations! The championships were held in England. She won two years ago in Estonia. The 2020 event will be held in Sweden.

https://www.koin.com/sports/15-year-old-is-best-female-fly-caster-in-the-world/1635320823

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07
Jul
17

fly fishing…

took my grandson, Maddox, out to practice some casting at a local pond. The dragons & damsels were abundant and seeking any structures to land upon…to include the rod.

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19
May
13

Fly Fishing: Dry Fly Presentations

Here is some good, basic reminders for all fly fishers while presenting the dry fly…Stream Side Adventures: Dry Fly Presentation. 

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02
Dec
12

A Woman, A Spey Rod & Perfect Imagery

Todd Moen of Catch Magazine fame put together this video of a Hannah Belford in Northern B.C. running a guide service and showing some nice skills while pursuing Steelhead. At 9:50 to 10:00 minutes is what one lives for swinging flies. Hannah Belford is truly inspiring as an angler. A nice, inspiring video by Moen too….holds your attention. Check it out.

Hannah Belford

Hannah Belford, British Columbia, Spey Angler in Steelhead Dreams

06
Oct
12

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).

23
Aug
12

Casting the Fly Rod: Both Hands

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Yes, that’s actually me fishing. Hard to believe. Now aside from the fact that I am a terrible double hauler…there is something else about this shot for you to consider for your own evolution.

My right wrist is fully fused. It has been for the better part of maybe 15 years. A titanium bar extends from right behind my middle knuckle half way up my forearm, secured with 7 screws. The wrist bone is actually a lot of hip bone, as the original bone was so badly damaged with arthritis it had to be removed and hip bone fused into the location. So, I can still cast ok with the right arm, my natural arm. But, my finger tips are partly numb and my knuckles are slightly swollen and painful.

But, after that surgery, a very painful ordeal I might add, I started out of necessity to cast with my left hand/arm. Yes, at first it was clumsy. At first, I played with the roll cast. But, today I am a passable caster with my left arm and you should be too. Not that you will have surgery necessarily.

But, injuries happen. Surgeries happen. Pain happens. Give it a try on a small scale. You won’t be wasting valuable fishing time. Or, go to a nearby park or your back yard or school yard and practice the stroke, the line management in your right hand, the single haul and if you are real coordinated the double haul (eventually). It will add to you arsenal, to your presentation. Of course, you will have to adapt to that reel handle being where it has always been should you catch a fish. Easy enough to switch over to the other hand as ‘normal’ to play the fish. 

12
Jul
12

Fly Fishing: Casting With Your Off Hand

There are  obvious practical reasons to learn to cast with your off hand. A few years back, because of injuries and degeneration, I had to have my right wrist fully fused. A titanium bar was inserted from the back of my middle finger/upper knuckle, up my forearm and screwed in along with the wrist bone being replaced with hip bone and then fused. May I just say that it is a very painful surgery/recovery if you consider it. That said, years later, my right hand is slowly suffering loss of sensations and swelling/pain in the knuckles.

A full day of casting (maybe catching) eventually makes the right hand give out. I have learned to ease this gradual decline by casting with my left hand/arm. I have never progressed beyond a single haul, but I can get the line out via roll casts and normal casts. The right hand is able to do the normal line retrieval. Because my reel is still set up for left hand cranking, if I do hook a fish I still have to revert to bringing the fish in with the normal right hand holding the rod while the left hand cranks the reel or strips. But, that occasional casting with the left hand helps. It also helps when the lay of the land necessitates a different casting presentation.

Also, there are theories that doing endeavors with your off hand, arm, foot etc. actually may improve your performance afterwards with your dominant side. I recall my son’s venture into throwing the javelin. He had smaller practice javelins/darts and he was encouraged to also practice throwing with his off hand and practice his footwork to support that off hand approach-throw. It seemed to work…for whatever reasons. The same seems to work by casting with your off hand. 

Not only do you expand your tactical possibilities, but you may well improve your strong side casting abilities. Worth a try.

15
May
12

Every Day in May: Line

Drawing a line in the water is non-complicated for me: WF Floater or a Clear Intermediate. I haven’t missed a Double Taper floater until recently when I added some shorter rods into the mix for small stream presentations. No, usually, I am tossing for some distance on a bigger river or lake. I have little if any brand loyalty here. SA or Cortland or….doesn’t matter to me. My only line caveat is go with the newer Camo Intermediates as the older ‘clear’ lines coiled badly in colder waters. Beyond that take care of them, clean them, don’t bind them, don’t stretch them unless via a fish.

The line in the water stretching out, away on a lake…little curls playing away and perhaps riding the small riffles on the surface. The fish takes or plays and the little curls pulse away with little waves sent outward; a strike indicator as it were. The fly is too far away or not visible in the low light. The line’s straightening out in a jolt is the cue.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Topic: Leader

23
Apr
12

Casting the Fly: Bumcast Tutorials

BUMCAST TUTORIALS ON CASTING THE LINE & FLY

On The Fly Productions puts some nice visuals together on various slack line cast presentations. Check out all the clips.

11
Jun
11

Fly Fishing: Knots Landing

One of the basics of fishing how to’s are knots; the how to tie a certain knot. For the average, beginning fly fisher, fishing freshwater, there are only a few knots to learn. Most beginning books, classes, blogs (to include this one…see search box re “knots”) for fly fishing, have plenty of info on how to tie a cinch/clinch knot, surgeon’s knot, blood knot, nail knot, loop knot. 

The problem I encounter on the water with beginners, is they look past the importance of a maintained uniformly tapered leader/tippet. The proper leader is important in turning over the fly via the cast. It is important in the presentation of a soft delivery to not spook the fish. 

A knot that joins butt section to leader or leader to tippet should not look like a granny knot on steriods. Keep the knots lean and horizontal, not round, irregular and clunky. Knots create drag, so pay attention to this important, basic skill. Understand how to tie/construct/maintain a reasonably tapered leader of around the length of your rod if not more. Strive to maintain that butt section/leader length and only have to touch up the tippet length now and then after break offs or repeated changing of flies.  Presentation of the line, leader, tippet, fly includes a streamlined, properly tied knot. 




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