How To Fly Cast
Catching fish is an art that can take some time to master. Gavin Hodgson shows viewers the basics of fly casting, so essential to preventing fishing disasters and increasing the number of fish you catch.
How to fly cast. There are many books and videos and all of them give pretty good reference to how to do this, but I've got to say the biggest, biggest thing you can do for yourself if you want to learn to fly fish is get yourself to a qualified instructor and book a series of lessons or even an introductory lesson just to get you started. An introductory lesson will help you understand the correct way to do this and it will save you a lot of frustration.
A lot of people who come to me and have been fly fishing six months or so, they bring a friend along who they want to introduce, and every time, every single time, that friend goes away a better caster because they have not learned the bad habits first. And the bad habits are hard to get out of. So, book an instructor and get a starter lesson.
An AAPGAI instructor will be the best bet. These are guys who are professionals. They have studied it and they do it for a living.
So look out for one. So when approaching the water, the first cast of the day, I see a lot of people struggling with that, just getting that initial piece of line out through the rings. Obviously, when it comes to pulling line through the rings, you're putting your rod down and pulling the fly line out the tip ring.
You pull out a little bit to get you started. Don't do what many people do, a real rod-breaker, and pull line this way. As soon as you start doing that, you are pulling the tip of the rod towards the butt of the rod, and that can cause a lot of breakage, and we see a lot of rods get broken that way.
So, just plop in that first piece of fly line in the water. It's in there. And then wiggling the rod tip, side to side, using the tension of the water, that's going to pull some fly line through the rings.
That gives us enough fly line to actually make a cast and potentially catch a fish. But what we are going to do now is do a roll cast and from that mess of line that we had on the water, we can pick it up, off to the side, come back in, fly line held in the hand, rod in telephone position, and then a little tap forward. And it is a little tap.
It's a hammer tap, and do that one again, off to the side, come back in. Now, what loads the rod here? Because we have got the rod line stuck to the water – that's the anchor point - what we also got is a D. Back of the D here is the rod and then the round front of the D hanging down, when I roll that forward and make a stop, it propels the fly line forward, then propels it in the direction that we push.
The stakes with this cast are pressing down onto the water, gets the line out there but it kind of goes out in a bit of a mess, and it goes out on the water rather than over the water. Ideally, we want to make this presentation in the air and then it lands delicately over the water. Now, this cast, although we just use it to get started and to get a fly line out there, it can be used in many situations to make fishing possible where we've got trees right behind us.
We've got lots of places where we can't actually do an overhead cast, which is the cast that we all want to do when we are fly fishing. But the rule of cast enables us to fish in lots of tight spaces where, let's face it, fish find themselves in tight spaces because they are trying to hide from predators. Us, birds, you name it, there's a lot of things that's trying to get a hold of them and they're always a little spooky from us.
Who can blame them? So, the roll cast will help us in that situation. Now, where it also helps is when we're boat fishing. Boat fishermen would use a longer rod.
I am using a 9-foot rod. It's a number five line. But a boat fisherman would use a ten-foot rod, perhaps even longer, and often a six, seven, and even an eight line.
So, those rods, we can use long roll casts and handle a hell of a lot of line, a real lot length of line with that cast, and we actually use that roll cast as a retrieve. So, without fly lines actually c