It is quite possible for an angler to take a good many brook trout without being an expert fly-caster. Mere mechanical proficiency in casting is by no means the most important factor in resultful fly-fishing. A good many other things, such as knowledge of trout haunts and habits and what is fishable water, have weight in deciding the success or non-success of the angler's day on the stream.
But notwithstanding the fact that fly-casting is not all of fly-fishing, it is very well for the angler to be able to cast better than the other fellow; given two anglers of equal stream experience and like knowledge of brook trout characteristics, the better caster will assuredly make the better showing. The very poor caster, too, no matter how wise he may be in general angling affairs, will certainly offset his superior theoretical knowledge by his awkwardness in practical fishing. Also, apart from the application of fly-casting to fly-fishing, it is a fact that mere fly-casting is good sportó witness the popularity of tournament casting. The man who has acquired some expertness in casting the fly gets a great deal of pleasure from this alone.
Most of the written treatises in books and magazines on how to cast with the fly-rod, while as a whole correct, fail somewhat in their purpose because the authors, in treating the entire subject of rod handling, do not place sufficient emphasis on certain particular phases of the matter. Good fly-casting is dependent upon close attention to a number of individual details, some more important than others, but each of such importance that if any one of them is neglected the results are not of the best. With long practice observance of these details becomes automatic, but the beginner must keep them firmly fixed in his mind. The following is not an attempt to teach fly-casting, but merely to emphasize certain details which, at first glance, may have seemed inconsiderable and consequently may not have been strictly observed.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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