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Old 05-31-2009, 09:26 PM
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I've been having some trouble with snapping flies off on my casts.It seems to happen in a particular small hole that I fish where you don't have a lot of room to cast. I even lost a nice fish after he took the fly but I must have weakened the line by then, I felt awful. I don't seem to have the same problem when I have more room to cast. What am I doing wrong? I'm pretty frustrated over it.
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It is usually caused by not letting the line fully straighten out on the back cast. You could be starting your forecast with a small loop still in your leader. It results in a cracking of the whip effect on the line and has a tendency to pop the fly off. Perhaps you are rushing the cast to avoid snagging foliage behind you. If that is the case I recommend you try roll casting in that hole. Just guessing here.
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I agree with Davo. What causes the fly to snap off is not waiting long enough for the backcast to straighten out. So it tends to happen in tight quarters when you feel rushed to avoid hanging up in the trees. Another option might be to be to shorten your line to avoid the trees, and then shoot out the additional line you need on the forward cast.

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Agree with both above... roll or spey casting forms (one handed) sound like a good solution to me.
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Hi troutslayer,

It may also be you are using too light of a tippet for the size of fly. I would try increasing the tippet size along with a better back cast.

You can solve this problem on your lawn. Learn how to make a high back cast to avoid obstructions. The line will follow the rod tip so as you make your back cast raise the tip up behind you. With a little practice you can get a very high angle on your back cast. This is a short distance cast, at least for me, and works very well for low bushes or short trees.

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I generally use a 5X 9' tippet and use #14 and #16 flies mostly. I went out yesterday and snapped one but I think I know why. But I had a lot more room (except for the trees that ate a few flies) and was consiously waiting for the back cast to extend before I came forward. Seemed to work. Caught a nice 15" brown trout in the Savage River too! Tried for an hour and tried about everything until I finally realized they were taking something under water and I was see ing their back come up. First cast with a PMD Emerger and wham! Thanks for the help!
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I had the same problem so I looked it up in Leftys fly casting book. Lefty suggest letting the line straighten out before pushing the cast forward. I have a crappie hole on the Potomac river and I have 0 room to cast. I roll cast and use a bow and arrow cast. The bow and arrow cast is just holding the fly with one hand and the rod with the other hand and putting just enough tension on it to shoot the line out.
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Default Re: Snapping Flies Off

im no expert but im guessing that its because you are speeding up your cast and not letting it straighten out behind you
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