Re: problem i ran into today
Hi fly baller,
This is a problem that all fly fishers have and eventually work out a system. Here are a couple of thoughts.
1. If you are dry fly fishing you can use a Belgium style cast. This is a constant pressure cast. You start facing down stream facing your fly. You have to make sure there is no slack in the line. You start a sidearm back cast out over the water but you keep pressure on the line and bring it back behind you in a circle with pressure on the fly line. You rotate you body with the rod and when you are facing up stream. The fly line should be behind you and you make a forward cast up stream. You are making a full arc cast and if you kept going your rod tip would make a 360 degree circle. The trick to this cast is keeping pressure on the tip of the rod at all times until you make a forward cast.
2. Here is another cast that works with subsurface flies. You are facing down stream and there is no slack in you fly line. Make your normal back cast and extend your arm toward the fly. As the fly line is un-rolling you make a 180 degree turn with your body and your back cast has turned into a forward cast. When the line has un-rolled you make a back cast and then forward cast to your target. With practice you can face the river with your fly downstream with no slack You reach across your body with your casting arm and start your back cast pointing your arm toward the fly at the end. Now you only have to pivot 90 degrees to be facing up stream. Make you back cast and deliver your fly. This is not hard but takes good timing. These directions are for a right hander with down stream at your left.