Posts Tagged ‘fly casting tips

24
Feb
12

Basic Fly Rod Waving w/ Lefty Kreh

GREAT BASICS BY LEFTY KREH FOR THE BEGINNER’s Fly Casting

Nice easy going basics on handling the rod to move the line. Look how nice and easy he makes it look. 

Legend Lefty Kreh throwing the line

01
Oct
11

Fly Fishing the Philippines: Serenity at Sunset

Chest Deep and Nice Casting at Sunset in the Philippines  

Fly Fishing in the Philippines: I couldn’t find an explanation re what the fly fisher was angling for…but the sunset and lapping waves looked pleasant enough. His casting stroke is nice and he is shuffling his feet as the surfaces shifts. I have a friend, who just returned from the Islands. He says there is some excellent fly fishing to be had in the Philippines. Of course, he didn’t elaborate.

Well, in light of the typhoons that just caused death and destruction in the islands, this prior post may seem in poor taste. I wasn’t aware of the storms. However, I will leave the post for a more serene time.

23
Sep
11

Fly Fishing: Reach Mend and Feeding Line

The reach cast is an easy way to throw an immediate mend into the fly line. Also, note the subsequent quick mends to feed line up through the guides and maintain the line in the feeding path without drag. This is a good way to feed a pattern downstream to waiting fish. I have lowered egg patterns down toward trout staged below  Chinook Salmon Redds

REACH MEND AND FEEDING LINE 

Michael Durham Salmon Photos & More

30
Jul
11

Fly Fishing: Mending a fly line…what’s the big deal?

“One of the difficulties in mending for most anglers is that their technique eliminates slack in the line and leader, rather than creating slack or moving it to a new position. If the angler starts with no slack, and starts yanking on the line at the rod tip, the fly will move. At worst, the mend will negate casting accuracy by pulling the fly out of the fish’s feeding lane or cause enough drag to spook the target fish. “Mending Your Ways” by Brant Oswald

Middle Fork Willy: To mend now will move the fly as it moves along that far seam. An earlier, bigger mend would have kept the fly in the zone longer. The fish were rising along a 10′ stretch of the seam. I was maybe presenting to half that distance without drag ensuing. Notice the competing current speeds on the fly line. (SwittersB)

Oswald writes a nice beginner’s tutorial (intermediate’s reminder) on mending the fly line. The effort is to develop a balance in feeding line up trough the guides and/or adjusting the speed of the fly, via mends, without disturbing the fly and alarming the fish. The correct tension upon the fly line that maintains natural speed (moving at the speed of the current, not speeding up because of drag on the flyline/fly) is a skill that is much more important than how long a cast you can make. It is an important act that is often performed too hard.

23
Jul
11

Beginning Fly Casting: Take a Lesson

Casting with Cushion Under Arm

“Some teach no movement in the wrist, or no movement in the elbow or no movement in the shoulder. Some teach the old method of holding a book pinned between the elbow and the body so as not to drop the book. Some use an analogy of pulling a light chain down to turn on a light. There are all types of devises and theories that were created in the past in an attempt to restrict the movement of those three joints in one way or another.

In establishing the certification program the Federation of Fly Fishers is attempting to standardize and improve casting instruction across the country. During this process a study in fly casting is emerging that is gradually clarifying the most important basics and how they can best be taught. This process is ongoing.

One fact that is becoming increasing clear is that each of us have unique body mechanics which must be taken into account.”  Floyd Dean…FFF Master Fly Casting

Fly Fish Louisiana

For the better part of my fly fishing life, I taught myself. No, that isn’t really true. I didn’t really teach myself. I adjusted. I tried to present a fly to a target and attempted to adjust the stroke to get it, the fly, there. I had no idea how my casting stroke looked. I tried to make sure I didn’t catch grass or trees behind me and out front, I wanted to land the fly ahead of the fish and entice a take. That was it.

Years later, at a shop, I stood looking at a rod in the shop. I did the usual tip shake. I looked at the handle and judged how it felt in my hand. I looked at the color…nice. All you really need to fork out a tidy sum? Not really. The shop owner said let’s string it up and have you cast it out in the parking lot. Well, I resisted as it was akin to taking a car for a test drive. Pressure to buy…just looking…thank you.

Well, there I stood in the parking lot with rod in hand and I proceeded to cast. My the rod loaded so sweet and I snapped that piece of yarn out there easily. Then it started…the casting critique. Hmmm? I was defensive at first. I didn’t need any stinking critique, thank you.

Fly Fish Louisiana

But, the shop owner, an accomplished guide, could immediately see my faults (tailing loop) and started the process of teaching me drift and a softer forward stroke…. It was my first impromptu lesson. Since then, I have had others, especially with a two hander. I don’t mind now. But, my bad habits are pretty well established. I study more on line now. But, wouldn’t it have been nice, way back, to have had lessons?

So, I advise you to take classes. Several. Be patient as each instructor pushes you, and your stroke, this way and that and learn the basics, the basics that always apply regardless of your (or the instructor’s) personal quirks. Take a lesson..take more than one.

Also, when you take on the effort to teach others, make sure you know what you are teaching. Your prior lesson(s) will help you impart the correct advice. Encourage the newbie to attend fly casting instruction events (FFF sponsored usually) and/or visit their local shop.

16
Jul
11

Fly Fishing & Tailing Loops

Tailing Loop

I wade out about as far as I dare. And, of course, the fish continue to pop up just beyond a comfortable casting distance. What do I do? Yes, I go for it. What results is overpowering my casts and a tailing loop and sooner or later, when it is totally inconvenient (I am in the middle of a hatch) I end up not just with wind knots but eventually a mess. What is worse, I don’t always see the mess, pressing onward and outward. Yep, there it is a mess and re-rigging time. Wind knots happen to most people (they say) and (they say) it reduces your leader strength by a reputed 50%. But, in my haste to reach those fish I push beyond a wind knot to a total stop in the action. So, I have vowed to slow down and fish shorter and smarter. Here is a nice little review of casting problems related to the railing loop at SEXY LOOPS

“The main cause of tailing loops (in Texas) is Forward Creep. Forward Creep is beginning the forward stroke too early. Anticipating the forward cast would be a nice way of looking at it. Either way it sucks. Your backcast is travelling backwards, your rod tip is travelling forwards, the backcast straightens pulling the rod tip under the Straight Line Path and you throw a classic tailing loop…..The tip path for forward creep is a Sine Wave.

Cure:…..If you are a complete beginner pause longer before you begin the forward stroke. If you are an intermediate learn to drift. Drifting is the antithesis of Forward Creep and is an important thing to learn if you want to throw Sexyloops.”


13
Jun
11

Fly Fishing How To’s: Just get it there…….

I often refer to my fly tying creations as ‘impressionistic’ creations. This is an admitted copout for my less than tidy tying style, BUT my creations do catch fish….historically, quite a few. 

So it is with much of fly fishing. You can throw the perfect cast and know all the bug’s entomological names, but in the end you must make that fly (impressionistic or perfection) present in the most natural way possible given the stream or lake’s configurations.

I am a self taught fly caster. Any shop owner that stands beside me as I test a rod would tell you my casting faults: tailing loops, over powered forward cast, etc etc etc. Coupled with a fully fused right wrist, I am not a great caster. So, my efforts have always been how to present the fly to look real and equal to others drifting by or rising through the water column.

By all means have casting lessons, study videos, read articles and books about this cast and that, but in the end presentation is critical to it all. Mending, reach casts, curl casts, your position in relation to the fish or likely holding water are more important than your throwing 70″+ of line or looking like a piano metronome.




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