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The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing


Stop! In the Name of Love (and a Good Cast)

When we watch casting, we are absorbed by motion: the back and forth motions of the rod, the fluid flow of the line trailing behind in symmetrical loops. Done correctly, it’s a spectacle of motion, one that makes fly fishing so visually appealing. Always remember that the stop is a key component, one that makes all that casting motion work. A good cast is built by gradually accelerating the rod forward, and stopping it, precisely, then changing direction and gradually accelerating the rod backward, and stopping it again to … Read the rest

The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing


Don’t Get Cocky

 The number-one mistake most novice fly casters make is going back too far on the backcast. The only tipoffs are the noises of line slapping the water or the rod tip scraping the ground behind them. This happens, more often than not, because the caster is allowing his wrist to cock too far back. As it relates to fly casting, the wrist-versus-arm equation is a difficult balance to describe. Remember this: The arm is the engine; the wrist is the steering wheel. Yes, sometimes it’s “all in the wrist,” but that pertains to matters of aiming … Read the rest

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