Casting a Fly Lebanon MO
Lee's Summit, MO
Casting a Fly
For people who have no background or knowledge whatsoever regarding fishing, they’d probably scoff at the term “casting a fly.” What on earth is a “fly,” they’d ask, and why do you need to cast it? However, people with even just a cursory knowledge of fishing would know what casting a fly would mean. Basically, casting a fly is what you do during fly fishing. In turn, fly fishing is that ancient practice or method used to catch trout, salmon, and other similar fishes (today, this angling method is used pretty much to catch a whole variety of fishes, including the bass, the pike, and the carp, among many others).
This may seem unnecessarily complicated for the simple act of fishing, but it should be noted that fly fishing is an ancient practice. Also, fishing is indeed a complicated sport, with many concepts and methods used to get the much desired fish.
The basics of fly fishing
This method is called fly fishing basically because of the use of artificial flies as bait. Of course, people have been using bait to fish for the longest time. What makes fly fishing so different and casting a fly so difficult? In essence, it’s all about the weight of the artificial fly and the fly line. Remember that the fly bait is attached to the hook, which is in turn attached to the fly line. But while the usual bait used for fishing is heavy (or at least of considerable weight), the fly isn’t. People not using the method of fly fishing rely on the weight of bait in order to aim at a particular part of the body of water. This means, basically, that the fisher is casting the bait. In fly fishing, you don’t cast the bait. Rather, since the fly is too small and too light to be tossed, you cast the line. So how is this different? Simple: in everything—because the artificial fly hardly makes a difference. It’s like aiming to hit a target using the tip of a thread tied to a stick, or throwing a ball made from baby powder. The weight of the line and the fly, combined, is too light that it becomes a task.
The fly casting
So how do you casting a fly? The basic technique is supposedly simple: you accelerate your arm to a stop. In practice, it goes like this: You snap upward the forearm to a full stop. You pause. Move elbow down and flick wrist to dead stop.
Elaborately, casting a fly should go something like this:
Prepare the fly casting by holding your fishing rod with its reel down. It should be parallel to the ground. After this, you lift your rib upward (remember: move only your forearm, not your entire arm; you do not need strength to cast a fly, you need precision). The positioning of your rod should be in the 10 o’clock angling. After this, lift the tip of your rod then flip the line over your head. This motion should be quick. Once your thumb points up (during the first step, your thumb should be pointing along the handle’s spine), stop. If you want the tip of the rod to stop precisely where you want it, you need stop with your hand relaxed, your thumb along the rod’s spine, and the wrist straight up. Pause to straighten the line, then begin your forward stroke. Once your thumb (still in its original position) levels to your eye, snap your wrist forward to a stop. A sharp stop will let propel the line to where you want it to go. Needless to say, however, that casting a fly is more difficult than it seems. It’s not easy to angle a fly, after all, what with its weight and all. Some new rods have fly lines with thicker plastic coasting to facilitate easier fly casting, although the casting is still considerably difficult even with this addition to road.
Fly casting tips
So how can you cast a fly properly if it’s difficult?
It goes without saying: practice, practice, practice. Most of the steps stated above require you to do the movements by impulse, as if every step of the fly casting is a natural as running or moving. When fly casting, your muscles have to be accustomed to the movement, so much so that the movement has been memorized by your muscles. It will be your muscles that will do the casting for you. However, you need to practice control. Again, fly casting is not about strength; it’s about precision and the proper arm movements to propel the cast properly and it aim to the right direction.
Positioning is also a key when doing your fly casting. This begins with how you grip your rod. As mentioned in the steps, you will use the positioning of your thumb as a market when fly casting. But later on, you can simply rely on muscle memory. There are three different kinds of fly casting grips: the point grip (as mentioned above, and is the most basic), the thumb grip (a grip for experienced anglers and fly casters), and the golf grip (still relatively difficult, although quite easy to teach to experienced fishers and even, obviously, golfers). Needless to say, if your wrist is hurting after several casts, there’s something wrong with your casting. Proper positioning should guarantee that your wrist would not hurt even after numerous times of fly fishing and fly casting.
Two factors that matter when fly casting (although beginners do not realize it) are body placement and line retrieval. Your cast should be perpendicular to your body. Meanwhile, your line retrieval should be slow in order to reach the desired zone.
As a beginner, however, you should have patience. Fly fishing and fly casting won’t be easy. You will commit numerous mistakes during your casts. However, you should be patient. When you patience hard enough and long enough, you should be able to perfectly cast a fly with no effort at all.