Casting Tip March 2019

Devin Olsen gave an excellent presentation in February. At lunch, he and a couple of club members were talking about casting. Devin brought up an interesting thought. He has found while in all other sports (e.g., golf, archery, baseball) everyone plans to practice before they play or compete. However most fly fisherman seldom or ever practice. Why? We need to practice!
Following is a partial reprint of a casting tip from 2014: One of the best tips for practicing casting is to practice often for short periods. This proves to be much better than long sessions where the caster gets tired. Fifteen to twenty minutes at a time is plenty. Always practice with a target. Targets should be placed at 15 to 60 feet. A trash can makes a fun target – hover your fly above it and drop it into the can. Place a rope or two on your lawn and keep your cast between the ropes or parallel to a single rope.  Set up a saw horse with the target behind it to imitate a cast under a “branch” to reach a fish. Get one of the inside casting yarn-based outfits to practice with. They really do work. Casting as Devin recommends for his style of tactical fishing will require even the best casters to practice before they fish this way for the first time.
 Daylight savings time starts March 10th. Therefore, we will meet about an hour before the meeting to cast on the lawn. This month that will be at Christian Community Church. The casting lawn will be right by the door to the meeting room. Hope to see you there

Archive of Past Casting Tips


October 2018 Jeff Trigg Presentation
September 2018 The Rod Tip
August 2018 Clean Lines
July 2018 The Five Essentials
June 2018 Casting Motion
May 2018 The Pile
April 2018 FFI Five Elements
March 2018 Tuck Cast
February 2018 Five Essentials
Nov/Dec 2017,Tenkara Cast
August 2017, Loop & Loop Control
July 2017, A Few Random Points
June 2017, Your Cast Does Not Start Until Your Fly Moves
September 2016, Keeping Fly Line Clean
August 2016, Double Haul
June 2016, Forming a Loop
May 2016, Back to Basics
November/December 2015, From Mel Krieger and Lefty Kreh
October 2015, The Fundamentals
September 2015, The Essentials
August 2015, The Guru’s Basic Casting Principles and / or Essentials
February 2015, The Most Important Concepts
January 2015, Back to Basics
November/December 2014, Winter Practice
October 2014, Casting Split Shot
August 2014, Aerial Mends Continued
July 2014, The Curve Cast
June 2014, The Reach Cast
May 2014, The Pile Cast
April 2014, The Tuck Cast
March 2014, More Casting Terminology
February 2014, Casting Terminology
January 2014, Tailing Loops (pt.2)
October 2013, Tailing Loops
September 2013, Forming Controlled Loops
August 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck (part 2)
July 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck - Correct Power Application
May 2013, What is Smooth
April 2013, Application of Power
March 2013, The reach and aerial mend casts.
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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