Re: casting angle
I'm still somewhat new to fly fishing, and will probably always consider myself a "novice", so my 2 cents are worth just about that.
When I'm casting on the water, I watch the line over my shoulder and also take note of the rod, itself. No matter the angle. I can see/feel it when it loads properly.
The absolute hardest thing for me to learn (or unlearn) is that if you try to muscle it, fly casting does not work. I try to relax and let the rod do the work. Like most, I never get the time to fish the way I want to, but now that warmer weather has shown up, I'll do some practicing in the backyard.
Since this is about my second year, I'll put out some hoola hoops to practice getting it exactly where I want it.
It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?