Re: How to fish a dry fly (beginner's question)
jbu.... Try casting upstream to slow moving water right at the edge of fast moving water or behind a large rock. Strip in the line to take up any slack and be prepared to lift your rod tip if you see a strike. This is the easiest way to understand a dead drift. As you gain experience, you can try a 1/4 cast up and across the river, tossing an upstream mend in the cast. I always keep a few feet of line in my reel hand and release this line as I cast. For whatever reason, this allows my line to unfurl and absorb the casting force allowing the line to fully straighten out and then just drift down to the water. It does not matter how far you can cast if the line is snapping back, not unwinding or slapping the water.