6 Tips to Improve Your Fly Casting – Fly Fishing Courses
In fly casting, you throw the line instead than the lure as in other forms of casting. Other angling techniques depend on a lure’s weight to draw line from a fishing reel during the frontward movement of a throw. An artificial fly is far too light-weight to be cast. Rather, we propel the line and the line carries the fly out onto the water. Below we have six tips to improve your fly casting. By keeping these points in mind and doing a bit of practice your fly fishing results should really improve.
Learning, reading and practice, as well as fly fishing courses are all helpful in mastering this fun way to fish. Practice is vital to establishing good casting technique. The more you practice the better you will cast when you go out fishing. Practice can be done in your backyard or any open grassy area. You do not need to practice on water. If you do practice on water it does help you get the feel of the “pick-up”, when you raise the line off the water for the nest cast. Even a backyard swimming pool can help with learning that. With frequent practice and good training habits you can turn into a very skilled caster.
To begin the correct grasp on the fishing rod is crucial in fly casting. Maintaining your thumb on top of the rod handle allows you apply force and point the fishing rod tip correctly. Aim is also essential – the more distance you intend to cast, the higher you need to aim, with the fly line traveling in the direction that you point the rod tip.
Fly Fishing Casting Basics
In fly casting, you need to understand that you use the weight of the fly line to pull the light weight of the fly. With practice you will develop a feel for controlling the line. You can develop good casting habits easily by using 5 simple concepts of good casting:
1.The line, and of course the fly, will travel in the direction you point the fly rod tip when you make the cast. When casting with your right hand (assuming you are right handed) your left hand should always be in control of the fly line by gently holding the line between the reel and the first rod guide.
2.Excellent fly casting is not based on strength but it is based on correct timing. A fly caster needs to practice the proper timing of the cast to become a good. How much should you practice? About 15 minutes per day over a month should make you an excellent fly caster.
3.Correct casting motion and stopping the motion of the rod are essential to proper casting. This is where timing comes into play. The fly caster “loads” the energy into the rod when performing the casting movement. The fly rod releases the built up power onto the line and the line is cast forward. When the rod is bent by the weight of the line, this is the “loading” phase. Then the equal and opposite reaction forces the rod to bend the other direction, pulling the line with it. False casting, the back and forth motions prior to releasing the actual cast, are used to load the rod, aim the cast and occasionally to dry off your fly. When this is performed with good timing the cast is successful and the rod propels the line and fly in the proper direction.
4.Casting arcs (the angles of the rod in the air as you cast) are small for short casts and slightly larger for longer a cast. However many beginners and even experienced fly casters use too wide a casting arc. The terms ten o’clock to two o’clock are often recommended. Ten to two is fine but also often misunderstood or over exaggerated. I like to modify that to ten to twelve thirty as many caster tend to bring the rod too far back. Stopping the rod as you bring it up, allow the line to back cast until it is straight, then push the rod forward will create a good forward cast.
5. Watch your back cast. This is very important, even for experienced casters. In many actual fishing applications you will want to watch it so you avoid trees and bushes. Generally you want to keep it relatively high. When it straightens out it will impart a bend on the rod, then push it forward in the power stroke, aiming at your target.
6. Stop the rod after the forward casting motion, (and after your release of the line). This is vital to shooting the line forward. As the rod is pushed forward to the ten o’clock position stop applying power but then tilt the rod tip down slightly, toward a horizontal position. This allows the line to slide out forward with less friction between the rod and rod guides. Any excess line held in your non-casting hand should be released during the forward power stroke.
In a lot of freshwater fly fishing situations you do not need to cast very far. Often 50 feet is sufficient., But learning to cast longer can help improve your casting in general, sometimes it is the only way to reach a feeding fish and it is just plan fun. As you improve your casting the greater distance comes naturally.
These six fly casting tips should help you improve your casting dramatically provided you remember to watch your back cast, control the line and practice, practice, practice!
David Waters is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He is a avid fitness enthusiats as well as an expert outdoorsman with extensvie experience in fishing, hiking and camping. He is a founding member of the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club. Additional fly fishing information is available at http://www.squidoo.com/fly-fishing-courses
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