Casting Tip March 2013

by: Bill Armon CCI

The reach and aerial mend casts.

The reach cast is probably one of the most performed “specialty” casts. Like double hauling, after a while casters find themselves using this method unconsciously. Toward the end of the cast, after the hand has stopped, line is allowed to slip through your line hand as the rod is moved up stream to allow for a longer, drag free drift. By moving the rod after the stop the direction of the cast is not changed. By letting line slip out appropriately the distance of the cast is not changed. All that is changed is that extra line (the mend) is put on the water to allow a longer effective drift. This is the cast to use when the water in front of a caster is moving at a different rate than where the fly is being fished.

What to do if there is faster and/ or slower current between the caster and the target area? Then an aerial mend may be the answer. This cast is made by putting a mend into the fly line a distance away from the caster but before it hits the water.Again this needs to be done after the stop so as not to effect the direction of the fly line and fly. The mend is put into the line by a flip of the wrist that causes a flick of the rod tip. The direction the wrist is turned determines whether the mend is up or down stream. If you want the mend near the fly the wrist is activated just after the stop. If you want the mend nearer to the fisherman the wrist is activated later in the cast. An aerial mend will change the length of your cast so this technique does require some practice to perfect. A reach cast and be used with an aerial mend and a regular (on the water) mend. These techniques add greatly to a casters ability to get longer and longer drag free drifts.

Casting on the lawn will start again this month. If you want help with your casting or just want to hang out with a great group, see you there at around 6 PM. We usually begin gathering around 5:30 but the official time is 6 PM. We stop by 6:30 so that everyone can get raffle tickets and a good seat before the meeting starts. Hope to see you there.

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Archive of Past Casting Tips

February 2013, Mending
November 2012, Timing, Grip, and Hand/Rod Stop Position
October 2012, 5 things that will improve your casting

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