06-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Re: casting wet flies
I don't know what you mean by drawing out the backcast, but you certainly don't want any tailing loops with weighted flies or you can wind up with a pierced ear.
You need to slow (the cadence of) your cast way down, and use a longer casting stroke. This will open your loops and prevent tails. It will also give you a little more leeway in the timing of the next stroke. Smooooth is the name of game in all casting, but especially with weighted flies.
A "constant tension" cast or "Belgian cast" is good for heavily weighted flies as Ard says. This is a technique that Lefty Kreh uses a lot, where you use more of a horizontal rod plane on the backcast and move it to more vertical plane for the forward cast.
This gives you even more leeway in the timing, and the chances of impaling yourself or popping off the fly are much less.
You might want to practice by cutting off a trashed-out fly above the bend of the hook, and adding a split shot or two. Wear glasses and watch your backcast, and concentrate on feeling the line (and heavy fly) when it unrolls behind you.
Once you start getting the idea and feel of the line and the fly, close your eyes and concentrate on the feel of the backcast.
A 4x leader is more than adaquate for what you are throwing.