Almost every fly fisher loves to fish dry flies when the opportunity presents itself. The game is of course to see a surface-feeding trout, and to present a fly as naturally as possible. This requires that the fly drift at the same speed as the water in which it sits. But often there are intervening […]
Posts in category Casting
Casting is an essential component of fly fishing. It is often correctly said that a good caster may not always be a good fly fisher, but a poor caster will never be a good fly fisher. In other words, we must all become reasonably proficient at casting if we want to become accomplished fly fishers.
In the articles categorized under casting, I have tried to describe the essential elements of a good cast. Line drawings, photos and videos are also used in an effort to provide a clear understanding of casting technique.
When teaching fly casting, I emphasize casting accurately to short and intermediate distances, that is, less than fifty feet. But once a caster has acquired that level of skill, I will often make the statement that they should learn to “cast a hundred feet”. This is often rebuffed, and rightfully so, as fly fishing for […]
It’s almost March, yet here in the Piedmont it is still winter this year. I can hear Western fly fishers chuckling when they hear or read of complaints of a harsh winter from their Mid-Atlantic brethren. But the polar vortex has rendered conditions not seen in Virginia in at least the past forty years. The […]