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busbus 05-03-2013 08:58 AM

Casting into the wind
 
Okay, guys. I tried. I deliberately left the spinning rod in the trunk and took the fly rod on the small lake I fish yesterday. The wind was blowing. And blowing. And blowing. No matter where I went, it seemed like the wind was blowing right into my face.

I already cast as well as a one-legged duck walks and swims but it was totally stupid yesterday. No way could it work.

I hate to say it but, after an hour, I got my spinning rod and even had a little hard time casting it.

What really irritated me was that I was seeing a number of mayflies (or something?) hit the water. Spent. And none of them lasted more than 20-30 seconds before they were sucked up.

Any suggestions?


Thanks ,
ray

swirlchaser 05-03-2013 09:23 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by busbus (Post 552511)
Okay, guys. I tried. I deliberately left the spinning rod in the trunk and took the fly rod on the small lake I fish yesterday. The wind was blowing. And blowing. And blowing. No matter where I went, it seemed like the wind was blowing right into my face.

I already cast as well as a one-legged duck walks and swims but it was totally stupid yesterday. No way could it work.

I hate to say it but, after an hour, I got my spinning rod and even had a little hard time casting it.

What really irritated me was that I was seeing a number of mayflies (or something?) hit the water. Spent. And none of them lasted more than 20-30 seconds before they were sucked up.

Any suggestions?


Thanks ,
ray

It sucks, only way to describe it. Try switching to a sidearm cast keeping the line lower will reduce the exposure to the wind. Also keep your casts short because a long cast will just hang there and the line just piles up.
Good Luck

plecain 05-03-2013 10:28 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swirlchaser (Post 552513)
Try switching to a sidearm cast keeping the line lower will reduce the exposure to the wind.

Sidearm would be my first choice, too.
A roll cast also works pretty well.
Anything to keep the line out of the wind as much as possible.

brookfieldangler 05-03-2013 10:34 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
In addition to the side arm to keep the line and fly out of the wind, I have also had good success with reversing the whole process.

What I mean by that is that I turn around so my back cast is being delivered into the wind. Rather than delivering the fly on the forward cast, you deliver it on the back cast.

It sounds strange, but it works.

busbus 05-03-2013 10:52 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brookfieldangler (Post 552533)
I turn around so my back cast is being delivered into the wind. Rather than delivering the fly on the forward cast, you deliver it on the back cast.

This sounds really intriguing...does it really work? How can it be any different than the forward cast?

I take it you would use a side-arm approach along with this...


Quote:

A roll cast also works pretty well.
I tried the roll cast. No workie. I know part of it is because I am not the greatest caster.


But, to what swilcaster said, short casts "sort of" worked and, by seeing those flies fall like leaves on the water, I didn't need to go very far from shore.

swirlchaser 05-03-2013 10:58 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by busbus (Post 552545)
This sounds really intriguing...does it really work? How can it be any different than the forward cast?

I take it you would use a side-arm approach along with this...




I tried the roll cast. No workie. I know part of it is because I am not the greatest caster.


But, to what swilcaster said, short casts "sort of" worked and, by seeing those flies fall like leaves on the water, I didn't need to go very far from shore.

Using a back cast also works well if the wind is blowing over your casting shoulder (pushing the fly line towards your body). It's safer than ducking the fly or acquiring any unwanted piercings...

brookfieldangler 05-03-2013 11:06 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by busbus (Post 552545)
This sounds really intriguing...does it really work? How can it be any different than the forward cast?

I take it you would use a side-arm approach along with this...




It does! Don't get me wrong, you aren't going to add 50' to your cast like this but you can add a bit of distance and make things a bit on the easier side.

As for "why" it works - not 100% sure on that. I think, at least in my case, I tend to have more power/line speed on my backcast than I do on my front cast. I basically use the wind to equalize that. The wind carries line further on my "forward" cast and I generate enough power in my "backcast" to deliver the fly.

runningfish 05-03-2013 11:38 AM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
I live in a windy area and fish windy mountain lakes. After a streamer kissed my left cheek incident; I am now spending my practice time on quick shooting the line with a single haul, side arm cast, roll casting, and t-snap single handed casting.

jpbfly 05-03-2013 12:15 PM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Good advice already...I live in a windy area...not rare to have winds over 100kmph...you can also shorten your tippet and "flatten" your fly...hope you understand what I mean:o

busbus 05-03-2013 01:04 PM

Re: Casting into the wind
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jpbfly (Post 552577)
Good advice already...I live in a windy area...not rare to have winds over 100kmph...you can also shorten your tippet and "flatten" your fly...hope you understand what I mean:o


I think I understand. The "flatter" the fly, the less wind resistance...as long as you keep it parallel to the "wind" and it is not on an angle; otherwise, the wind might get a hold of it and make things worse...maybe?

Shorten the tippet. Good idea!

Speaking of, I tried using a furled leader like these: Streamside Leaders .

Okay? Or bad idea? I seem to have better luck getting a straight cast using one of these leaders but maybe I am imagining things. And maybe they are not good in certain conditions and circumstances.


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