Re: Fly hitting my rod!
On the back cast, you should have your rod angled slightly to the side, so your fly rod isn't in the fly's line of flight. Then, on the forward cast, the rod can be more in line with straight up-and-down.
The other flies, n., pl.
1. dry flies, nymphs, emergers, terrestrials, streamers, etc.
2. What I use when a black #10 woolly bugger isn't catching.