Learning the Fly Fishing Side Cast
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Learning the Fly Fishing Side Cast

Learning the Fly Fishing Side Cast




      

Learning the Fly Fishing Side Cast


Learning the Fly Fishing Side Cast

In addition to the overhead cast there is the side cast, which is made in the same way except that the rod is swept out at a level or nearly so from one side or the other, instead of vertically, as in the overhead cast. This cast is useful in fishing under overhanging trees, but such long casts cannot be made in this way.

Another way to cast a fly a short distance, especially good when fishing small streams where the brush overhang, is to hold the fly between the thumb and first finger of the left hand, and, pointing the rod out towards where you want to cast to, pull back on the fly to bend the rod tip back, then release the fly and the spring of the rod sends it out the length of the line.

Still another way of casting a fly that is quite popular and especially good where trees interfere with the overhead cast is what is called the roll cast.

Some line is drawn from the reel, as in the other methods, enough so that when the rod is raised to the perpendicular or a little beyond, the line will still rest on the water. Raise the rod as mentioned, slowly, until it points straight upward or a little back over the shoulder, then pause an instant so that the line stops in its dragging motion, and make a quick snappy forward and downward cast. This throws a high curve in the line, which rolls forward, lifting the leader and fly from the water, up over the curve and out beyond to the length of the line. At the end of each cast a few yards of line should be drawn from the reel, before making another cast and the distance will be extended in this way each time. This is a very good cast for the angler to learn. The fly may also be cast to either side in the same way.

The kind of casting to practice depends much on the nature of the water where your fishing is done. If you fish lakes and wide streams you should learn to make long casts, and learn to drop the flies gently, especially for still waters. If you fish mountain streams where the trout lurk below boulders, under logs and similar small spots of water, accuracy casting rather than distance casting should be practiced, also practice casting under logs and bunches of brush, over branches of trees that hang near the water, etc. For this kind of water it will pay to learn the side cast and roll cast well. Also, learn to cast with either hand.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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