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Selasa, 16 November 2010

Fly Fishing Casting Guide for Beginners

Fly Fishing Casting – Overhead casting
With a little bit a practice, it is not all that difficult to become a good fly fishing caster – even though to the novice angler, the art of fly fishing casting may look extremely tricky. It is important to know how to cast with fly fishing, and it doesn’t matter what equipment or fly collection you have – if you can’t cast properly, you will not be successful. It’s important to be able to land a fly fishing fly on an exact location on the water’s surface when fly fishing casting. The fundamental fly fishing casting techniques required by the novice angler are described within this article.
It is recommended that the beginner learn fly fishing casting from a fishing instructor, but there are plenty of books, DVDs, and online guides that teach fly fishing casting. The two main fly fishing casting techniques used today are the overhead cast, and the roll cast, and all other fly fishing casting techniques are variations of these two techniques. The beginner will start with the easier dry fly fishing method where a floating line is used which floats on top of the water. It is far easier for beginner anglers to see the fly line and detect a strike on the line when dry fly fishing. Also, using a bulky fly fishing vest can impede your casting stroke, and beginners are advised to use a smaller fly fishing chest pack or lumbar pack – there are a wide range of cheap Fishpond pack models to choose from for the beginner angler.
When practicing fly fishing casting it is important to ensure you practice in a location with enough clear space, such as a open field. You need to have 45 feet of open space in front and behind you if you are practicing 45 foot casts, and for this distance also ensure that you have 20 feet of space on either side of you. It is recommended that you wear protective goggles/glasses and also a hat to be safe. A fly with no hook, which is called a yarn fly, should be used on your fly line. It’s recommended to place targets (at specific distances) out in front of you, and you must attempt to hit these targets in your fly casting drills.
Overhead Cast
This is the most commonly used fly fishing casting technique, and most beginners should start using this technique. This technique has two sequences, the back cast, then the forward cast. With the back cast, you are lifting the fly line off the water in front of you, and up over your head until the fly line is behind you. Before the fly line touches the ground behind you, initiate the forward cast sequence. Bring the fly line back over the top of your head for the forward cast – the fly should land as near as possible to the target you were aiming for when you initiated the cast.
Roll Cast
The roll cast is used when you have obstructions behind you, such as bushes or trees, that prevent you from doing the back cast using the overhead casting technique. This technique is also useful in strong winds where you don’t want to lift the line too high into the air. The technique for performing a roll cast is also fairly simple. Lift the fly rod up vertically until it just passes the one o’clock position, which is just past your ear. This causes the fly line to slide back on top of the water’s surface, without the line lifting off the surface. Once you are in this position, you just perform a firm forward cast to finish the cast.
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