Fishing Casting Techniques
Smoothness and timing are two important elements for good
fly casting. Practice your false casting. Count the seconds
as you switch back and forth and keep your timing the same
when you actually cast. Don’t aim your cast directly at the
water but around 1.5-2 meters (4-6 feet) above your target,
then allow the leader to turn over and straighten. As you
make the stop at the end of your casting stroke, follow the
leader down to the water. By doing this, your leader and fly
will turn over and present the fly naturally to your target
area without spooking the fish.
the basic cast for fly fishing and there are four parts to
pickup – Slowly lift the rod up to about 45 degrees, being
not to spook the fish with too rapid a motion.
Back Cast - Accelerate from 45 degrees to about 135 degrees
stop abruptly, sending the line back behind you.
Forward Cast – Pause until the line unfurls behind you, and
send the rod forward again to 45 degrees and stop the rod.
Presentation – With the rod, follow the line forward down to
the water so that your rod is parallel with the water.
Note: the overall motion
you get comfortable with casting, you will soon find that
you have developed a rhythm, and this is important because
timing plays a large role in casting. Each part of the
4-Part cast requires a certain rhythm,and for the best
results, each requires perfect timing.
practice, you will find that it is easier getting the line
out than it is getting it back onto your reel. The momentum
and weight of the fly line pulls on the line as you cast,
sending it out, but to get it back on to the reel, you need
to stop all the beautiful motion and perform the not-so
beautiful act of reeling in the line. You do not have to
reel the line in every time when you are on the water.
Instead of stopping to reel in the line, you can simply pull
it in with your control hand and let it float along side you
as you cast to another target. Once the fly is close enough
to you, so you can start another cast, you will just begin
casting and let the line slide through your control hand as
the fly gets further away from you, working its way toward
your desired target. Practice this motion as well.
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