Poor fly-fishing-Casting Equals
Tangled Lines


is the name given to the practise of throwing the fishing line out over the water. The fishing line is attached to a fishing rod which is made from some flexible but strong material such as carbon fibre.

The forward cast is the most common technique used today. By throwing the fly-line backwards over his shoulder until the fly-line is almost straight and then using the motion of the forearm to flick the line forwards the angler imparts potential energy to the tip of the rod which when released propels the fly out over the water.

When a fish bites the fly-fisherman tugs on the line which raises the top of the rod. This action fixes or ’sets’ the hook in the fishes mouth.

Different types of fishing demand different casting techniques. For the fly-fisherman whose primary aim is to place his fly on the water as accurately as possible a lightweight rod and line are used. In these circumstances the forward cast is used.

With practice a good fly-fisherman can, by using suitable hand and arm movements deliver his fly to the water at precisely the right spot to attract the attention of the fish.

On the other hand a saltwater fisherman is not concerned with accuracy, he just wants to cast the line a considerable distance. The fish he is pursuing are larger than those of the fly-fisherman and the rods and line are consequently heavier but they are not so heavy that they prevent him using the forward cast method.

So, the fly-fisherman and the saltwater angler are chasing different species of fish and enjoy their sport in vastly different environments, but they both use a similar casting technique.

However, there is a third type of fishing called surfcasting where the angler wants to cast the lure or bait hundreds of feet to reach inshore-feeding fish. To do this they have to use heavy rods and lines and grip the rod with both hands. The whole body, rather than just the arms is used to propel the line.

Fly-fishing-casting takes a considerable amount of skill. Not only does the fly-line have to land in the correct spot but it also has to land smoothly on the water so as not to frighten the fish . Once on the water the fly must behave in a similar way to that of a real fly, otherwise the fish will avoid it. To achieve this the angler must use the most appropriate casting technique coupled with the correct rod and line.

Always remember that making the effort to perfect your casting technique will pay massive dividends in the future and will result in fewer fish being lost.

Though the forward cast method is the most popular there are other methods when it comes to fly-fishing-casting. See Roll cast, single or double haul, tuck, curve cast etc.

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