”Casting is one of the most enjoyable aspects of fly-fishing - when it's going well. But it doesn't always go well. Sometimes it goes so badly the angler starts thinking about snapping the rod over his or her knee. Even experienced casters occasionally struggle to cast as far, as accurately and as smoothly as they would like.
”Your cast is especially likely to go haywire when you're tired, frustrated or anxious. You may have internalized all the good casting advice and instruction you have picked up over the years, only to see it all swamped in challenging circumstances. If you're relatively new to fly-fishing, your good technique can evaporate that much more quickly - especially if the fish are taunting you and the day has been long.
”When things go like this, it's a good idea to stop fishing, take a breather and remind yourself of some of the basics of casting. Some of these fundamentals have been translated into simple lessons for beginners, many of which start with the word "pretend" - and all of which can be useful to remember, even for anglers who haven't been beginners in a long time.
”The Apple-and-Stick: Pretend you have a 12-inch stick with an apple stuck on the top, and you want to throw the apple off the stick. The acceleration and stop of a good forward cast requires much the same movements. Remember to make a good, crisp stop with the rod tip high, and enjoy watching your line unfurl toward the target.”
Source: This and other ideas on how to groove your cast can be found in the most recent newsletter from Flyshack.com. To receive this newsletter, go to Fly Shack Newsletter