I’m going to show you today the necessary fly casting stroke, now if you’re new to fly fishing a couple of things you need to understand one is we’re using the weight of this fly line to bend this long flexible rod. So if we don’t have some fly line outside the tip of our rod, we’re not going to be able to make a cast because this is what’s causing our rod. Bend and popular fishing we’re using the weight of the lure the hook and the sink or whatever it is you have tied on to be able to bend your rod cast.
Here in fly fishing, we can use things as light as this piece of yarn which you can never cast on conventional tackle without adding a sinker. However, we’re using the weight of this fly line and what we’re trying to do is create a loop that unrolls off the tip of this rod this rod is going to Bend. Moreover, the bend of that rod is going to help form a circuit which is going to unroll a candy cane shaped loop it unfurls back behind us that’s our backstroke. Also, it’s going to unroll out in front of us that’s our forward stroke, and we either let it fall in the water and begin fishing, or we go right into a second backstroke, and another forward stroke. We can use that to move to fly around and do some other things, but it’s the weight of this fly line that’s bending our rod.
the other important thing we need to know is the tip of this rod needs to travel back and forth in a straight line to achieve those loops the narrower the circle, the more aerodynamic is, the more energy efficient it is, and the easier will be for you to cast out long distances.
So you want to move that rod tip back and forth in a straight line as possible, and that requires you to keep a firm wrist and not bend your wrist. If I begin to turn my wrist, the only thing this rod can do is go back and forth in the windshield wiper motion which is a complete opposite of the straight line we’re looking for, and then new fly casters need to discover. How hard is it do we need to cast how fast do I need to move this rod? Now what seems to work for me as I imagine I have a big long paintbrush here I’m a diffidence in paint I’m going to take that paint, and I want all of it to fling up here to this target up and behind me and if I had a paintbrush we would go. So it’s slow fast repent repent repent that’s your stop. It goes super fast at the end all the paint flings up there if you come up too slow everything dribbles down your hand come up too lazy with the fly rod the line never gets going. If I come up super fast from the get-go if I stomp on the gas and go on full speed from the beginning a lot of the paint sprays up here a little bit goes back there.
The same thing will happen with your fly fishing line it’ll go around in a big giant circle fast, and it’ll end up that way and then fall in a pile if you let it go. So you want to come up just soon enough that it goes back back back back back back backstop. Also, I’m going to come to the instant stop and freeze, and there’s not going to be a pause while that line unrolls behind me, what I’m new to fly casting if I’m not looking back there you’re going to have any idea when that line is unfurled you’re going to be guessing. Guessing usually doesn’t work out in our favour when it comes to making good fly cast. So turning your head look back at that cast watch it unroll the second it’s unfurled we’re going to go forward with the same speed and power, we’re going to stop going out and slightly down, so the cast unrolls out a couple of feet above the water, falls on my target.
I’m going to go over here to the water I’m going to show you what this principal cast looks like and I would be grateful if you could try it, and I think you’ll find that you’ll be well on your way to becoming a fly fishing man and fly caster.
For the primary cast, you want to start with at least twenty to twenty-five feet of line outside your tip. So you have enough weight to bend or load your fly rod I’m going to start with my rod all the way down at the water I’m going to pinch the line underneath my index finger. You don’t even need lefthand for right now. If I start with my rod up here, I’ve already gone through over six feet of my casting stroke, and now I’m going to have to add a whole lot of power in a very short stroke. So we want to start with our rod tip all the way down I’m going to be watching the end of my fly line as soon as the end of that fly line clears the water that’s what I’m going to do my speed up and stops right.
So I’m going to go faster faster faster faster more quickly speed up, and stop, out follow through. Now I want first to start off I always want to be turning around to look, at my back cast. To make sure it’s going up, into the air and unrolling that candy cane shaped loop is unrolling up this way with the fly up higher than the tip of the rod. Alternatively, at least level with the tip of the rod what we do not want to do is this cast which stops going down into the water or ground behind us. The only way that gets there is if I’m breaking my wrist and I see this big gap here, so it’s vital that we keep our wrist firm, at the end of my stroke you’ll see the difference was about the same as when I started.
So I’m going to lift up up up up up it’s clear to go up and back paws, out, follow-through, now it’s also vital that our delivery stroke, has two parts. It has a stop going out and slightly down, and then a follow through to the water. To demonstrate it goes out, follows it all down, what I do not want to do is come up and go down, and now everything fell in a pile right here off my rod tip because that’s exactly where I told it to go. an essential rule of fly casting is the fly, and the fly line only go the direction the tip was traveling at the moment that it stopped so if my suggestion was moving down in the back down in the front you could see I don’t have the loop that we’re looking to create, and I’m just falling in a pile behind me collapsing in a heap in front of me, and I’m never going to be able to achieve any more distance, so we want to create those loops so those up in the back out so I’m pausing just long enough to almost wholly straighten out and then I follow through back to the water I’m in my ready position up out follow-through but I want you to notice is the tip of this rod has to go in a straight line if I hold with my thumb on top I’m going to recommend you keep it if my thumb goes back and forth trade line and here’s a perfectly straight line to check so must the rod tip if my thumb comes off the straight line either this manner this manner this manner whatever way it is you’re not going to get those tight made aerodynamic loops, and you’re not going to be able to get the cast that you’re looking for in most situations so watch how far my hand moves so my hand is driven from all the way down here all the way back to here so my side as well behind my body a lot of beginner fly casters simply hold their hands hold their arm still and move their wrist back and forth and lock everything right here and for a little bitty short cast I can get away with it and again create a loop but problem becomes what I want to make longer and longer casts I really start to have a problem when I’m casting with my wrists to learn the cast by keeping your wrists firm out follow-through so I’m going up out follow-through so for your primary stroke start down low look at your line up in the back out in the front follow-through, and you’ll be well on your way to being a fly caster.